Local businesses and entrepreneurs rally to support Chase Home

Blog > Local businesses and entrepreneurs rally to support Chase Home

On Thursday, May 4 at Martingale Wharf, a packed house is expected in The East Lounge at Spring Gentleman’s Night for “a night of elevated style and wellness.”

At the event, attendees will enjoy the newest fashion trends, drink tastings, expert wellness and fitness advice, tips on new ways to enjoy the outdoors and more. Robin Pinzone, owner of REP Branding Co., is hosting the annual event, which will also provide funding to support Chase Home in Portsmouth.  Founded in 1877 as an orphanage, Chase Home has evolved through the years to meet critical needs in the greater Seacoast community related to children, youth and families.

“Part of our mission with our ‘gentleman’s night’ is to educate the community about elevating their lifestyle—and we highlight all small businesses in the area,” Pinzone said. “I believe teaming with Chase Home shows how we want to promote our youth to be business leaders in our community in the future. Providing them with an outlet to grow is very important and we are all about growth.”

When Pinzone suggested partnering with Chase Home to Portsmouth native and current resident Graham Shaffer-Rais, who is helping to plan the event, it immediately resonated with him.

Robin Pinzone and Graham Shaffer-Rais, organizers of Spring Gentleman’s Night.

“I grow up with a number of kids that were in Chase Home and greatly benefited from having a group of people that cared about their well-being and were there to help them through their trials and tribulations,” he said.

A personal men’s stylist at J.Hilburn and business owner, Shaffer-Rais said the event also reflects his love for Portsmouth of which Chase Home has been an integral part since the 1870s.

“I know Chase Home helps provide the means for young adults to not only get by, but to strive for greatness, so the synergy seems obvious,” he said.

He added that the event itself will provide great networking opportunities for businesses and individuals intimately concerned with health and wellness.

“This event will showcase some of my favorite people and businesses in the area, all of whom help people feel and look their best inside and out,” said Shaffer-Rais, who credited fellow J.Hilburn stylist Bill MacDonald for also planning the event.

“There are a lot of great people behind Spring Gentleman’s Night,” he added.

In addition to drink tastings and food, there will be numerous chances for attendees to win services and products. A substantial portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Chase Home.

For Chase Home Board Member Mike LaLime, owner of TRE Cleaning & Restoration, the opportunity for the nonprofit agency to receive unexpected funds and talk about its mission is “incredible.”

“I’ve known Graham for years—and for him and all these people to come together and include Chase Home, it really means so much,” he said. “Chase Home is working very hard to make this community the best place possible for everyone. It all starts with the kids. Every kid, regardless of background, deserves a chance for a great life. This event will help.”

To learn more about Spring Gentleman’s Night, which takes place from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at The East Lounge in Martingale Wharf in Portsmouth, find it on Facebook. To learn more about Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.