PORTSMOUTH —Hope is in the air this summer! Please join us for our 4th annual event at Harbour Place on Mon., August 5. Numerous restaurants, wine and beer vendors, and community sponsors are coming together to raise money for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center. This event is sure to sell out!
It all came about when John Akar, co-owner of Cava tapas and wine bar in Portsmouth, was invited to attend a round table discussion on the opioid crisis in the Seacoast, by Renee Plummer, VP Marketing for Two International Group. After the meeting, which was attended by local business leaders, law enforcement and social services leaders, a light bulb idea went off for John. He knew that Sandi Coyle had a vision for a recovery center — but had no place to land. He told her to keep him informed and that once she had a location for the center, he would spearhead the effort to bring the robust Portsmouth Hospitality community together in support of this important cause. Fast-forward to July 12, 2016 and the Grand Opening of the Safe Harbor Recovery Center on Islington Street in Portsmouth. The vision is now a reality. And, like all small nonprofits, will need support to remain viable.
Enter Hungry for Hope, an evening where you can enjoy food from up to twenty local restaurants, along with wine and beer from all over the world – all at One Harbour Place, owned by Plummer and her company, Two International Group. The goal of this event is to raise $100,000 for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center. The funds will be used to help sustain the fledgling organization and for much needed supplies and materials to support their constituents. Beyond the money, Akar and Plummer, hope to set an example. They understand that one event will not solve the drug epidemic, but they want to demonstrate a new way of thinking about a solution. By pulling together so many leaders in the Seacoast, they hope the Seacoast will lead the way to show how a community can work together to make a dent in the problem. And, they hope that this demonstration of community support will become a bigger part of the solution by raising awareness and offering hope.
Savor bites and libations from their amazing sponsors and participating restaurants: 199 Club, Allagash Brewing Company, Anju Noodle Bar, Annekejans, Atlantic Grill, The Baker & The Ice Cream Maker, Black Birch, Botanica, Carriage House, Cava, Corner Stone, Crush, Cure, Dos Amigos, Favorite Foods, Fortune Wine Company, The Franklin Oyster House, General Linen, Great Rhythm, Horizon Beverage, The Joinery, The Juicery, Liar’s Bench, MS Walker, Massimo, Moxy, Mr. Fox Composting, Nikonos, Ore Nell’s, Perfecta Wine Company, Raleigh Wine Bar, River House, Row 34, Smuttynose, Stages, Stones Throw, Trader Joe’s, Tuscan Kitchen, Vida Cantina, Vinilandia, Von Trapp, The Wilder.
Tickets are $95.00 General Admission, $150.00 VIP. Tickets are available online at www.hungryforhopeharvest.com.