Join Us!

Hope is in the air this summer!

Please join us for our 2nd Annual event at Harbour Place on August 7th. 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!

Thank you for your support.

August 7, 2017

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About

It all came about when John Akar, co-owner of Cava tapas and wine bar in Portsmouth, NH, 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 $40,000 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.

Who are we?

Organizer

John Akar

John Akar is the Co-Owner and General Manager of the wildly popular Cava tapas and wine bar, located on Commercial Alley in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is a native of the Seacoast and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. John is actively involved in the community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. He’s pictured here with Cava Co-Owner and Executive Chef Gregg Sessler. The duo have received numerous accolades for their unique cuisine and creative flare.

Co-Organizer

Renee Plummer

Renee oversees the leasing and marketing efforts at Two International Group. She is a familiar face to many business and community leaders and has assisted over 250 companies in finding homes with Two International. While Renee prides herself on her ability to help businesses find the space they need to flourish, she is equally as proud of her community involvement. Renee is currently on the Board of Directors for Hope For NH Recovery, and she is perhaps most proud of her involvement with Veteran’s Count, a non-profit which helps our Veterans and their families while they are deployed and once they return home. Renee’s organizational prowess, creative thinking, endless list of personal connections and huge heart have made her the cornerstone of too many events to count. She is pictured here with her business partner, and partner in life, Dan Plummer.

Participating Restaurants

 
atlanticgrill
blackbirch
blacktrumpet
Brasserie
cava
franklinoysterhouse
jumpin-jays
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louies
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RiverHouse
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Vida
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anju
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Sponsors

 
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the-pointe
Kane
 
horizon
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vinilandia
furtunewine
crush
dunnwinemakers
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Say Yes!

Click the Buy Tickets button to purchase your tickets now. General Admission and VIP tickets are available.  A VIP ticket guarantees you early admission and one parking spot at the Harbour Place garage. Print your ticket, take it with you, and we’ll see you at Harbour Place! As parking will be in high demand, please carpool if you are able. Thank you!. We’ll meet you under the Sturgeon Moon on August 7th for a wonderful night of celebrating all that makes our community so great. Thank you!

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