PORTSMOUTH — Community members gathered Wednesday evening at Harbour Place in support of Safe Harbor Recovery Center.
More than 30 local restaurants volunteered their culinary talents in an effort that raised $30,000 for Safe Harbor, which opened in May as a community resource open to all concerned with alcohol and drug addiction.
More than 400 people died of drug overdoses in 2015 and public health officials warn the toll could be even higher in 2016.
In a story published last week promoting the event Sandi Coyle, a founder of Safe Harbor, said that any funds raised “goes a long way in our ability to support programs and operating costs and it increases our reach, helping to meet people where they are. We can have more presence in the community with our recovery coaches. A lot of people are struggling who just don’t know how to walk through that door. This really amplifies how the community is involved and helps with our vision.”
The event’s organizers are developer and philanthropist Renee Plummer and John Akar, owner of Cava Tapas and Wine Bar.
In addition to the local restaurants, major sponsors are Atlantic Grill, PS It Matters, The Kane Co. and Natural Rocks. All proceeds of the event will go to Safe Harbor Recovery Center.
Source: Seacoast Online