MANCHESTER, NH – New Horizons for NH held its 24th annual Thanksgiving Breakfast fundraising event on Tuesday, November 21, at the Radisson Hotel. Over 600 people attended the event, which raised nearly $180,000.
During the breakfast there was a silent auction, raffles, pledge period, a video about New Horizons’ merger with Families in Transition, and volunteer recognition awards.
“The amount of support in this room to help us continue providing food, shelter and supportive services to Manchester’s most vulnerable is incredible,” said David Cassidy, New Horizons Board Chair.
“As you know, it has been a year of transition for New Horizons, starting with… the retirement of our former Executive Director, Charlie Sherman. What was evident during the search process was that what we do at New Horizons we do well… However, we determined that there are more services we need to provide in order to help close the gaps in services for Manchester’s homeless population. We decided that in order to best be able to do this, we needed to find a partner agency to help us with this goal and vision for our organization… and that organization was Families in Transition,” said Cassidy.
Volunteer appreciation awards were given to Leslie Want, Manchester Board of School Committee, who gathered and led a team of 250 walkers who raised over $12,000 for the organizations Walk Against Hunger; and Tanya Frazier from Benefit Strategies for her ongoing, weekly, volunteering commitment in serving dinners, working in the pantry, and many off-site events for the organization.
Program speakers included emcee, John Clayton; United States Senator Maggie Hassan; Governor Chris Sununu; Mayor Ted Gatsas; New Horizons Board Chair, David Cassidy; President of Families in Transition and soon-to-be President of New Horizons, Maureen Beauregard; Executive Counselor Chris Pappas; and Rita K, former resident of New Horizons.
The lead event supporters include Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Eastern Bank, AutoFair Automotive, Spectrum Marketing Companies, Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund, and Cross Insurance.
About New Horizons:
Since 1973, New Horizons has worked to assist low income persons to address the social issues facing them. Today, its services include an adult homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and Angie’s Shelter for Women in Manchester, NH. For more information about New Horizons or the Thanksgiving Breakfast visit www.newhorizonsnh.org or call 603-668-1877.