Each year on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, New Horizons hosts a breakfast fundraiser at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. For the third year in a row, we were asked to help at the breakfast by helping with raffles and collecting pledges. Nine Trinity students helped out and also enjoyed a nice breakfast together.
This annual breakfast is a who's-who of Manchester. Sitting at the head table were Bishop McCormack, Gov. Hassan, Mayor Gatsas, U.S. Rep-elect Guinta, among others.
There were hundreds of people in attendance and we were treated to three wonderful speeches by a representative from Hannaford named Sherri Stevens (Hannaford donates a great deal of food to New Horizons), a woman who used to be a "client" of New Horizons (I didn't catch her name unfortunately), and Bo Chancey, the pastor of the Manchester Christian Church. Rev. Chancey gave an absolutely brilliant talk on who is our neighbor?
There was quite an emotional moment when Stephen Singer of Merchants Auto told Charlie Sherman, the director of New Horizons, that he would pledge $10,000 to help pay off the greenhouse New Horizons just built but that others had to match it. Right away, Mrs. Stevens from Hanford said they would match the donation! Charlie Sherman was reduced to tears (as was I), it was very, very touching.
Last year this breakfast raised about $170,000 and I hope they blow that amount of the water this year. We love New Horizons and are always happy to do whatever we can for them. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving for me if I wasn't at this breakfast.