Kids served by The Chase Home are now safely riding in proverbial style in a new van, made possible by proceeds raised from the 8th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting in November.
Presented in 2022 by LeMay Family Goodworks and Hosted by Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, the event serves as the nonprofit organization’s largest annual fundraiser. “It’s an annual event that provides general operating support and funds specific needs like this van,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home.
The previous van, noted Operations Director Craig Dennis, had reached the end of its useful life. “We drive kids all over—to school, appointments, and special outings,” he explained. “The van was approaching 200,000 miles and starting to break down a lot, so a new van was critically important.”
Michelle LeMay, founder of LeMay Family Goodworks, said she was thrilled to be able to support the purchase of a new van to transport kids served by The Chase Home. “We believe all children should have the opportunity to live healthier and happier lives through the many services and programs that the Chase Home offers both onsite and throughout the community,” said LeMay.
The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler added, “We thank Michelle and the dozens of individuals who helped us secure this new van. We could not have done this without all of you.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves at-risk youth through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home. To support The Chase Home, click here to donate.