DHHS Raises More than $3k for Food Bank

Bake Sale/Auction/Raffle Proceeds Will Provide More than 7,000 Meals


Photos courtesy of Rick Hill/DHHS

Workers at the Department of Health and Human Services raised more than $3,000 for the NH Food Bank with a fundraising event in the Brown Building last week.

The fundraiser had three parts: a bake sale, a silent auction and a raffle. In all, the event raised $3,503.10 for the Food Bank, which translates to more than 7,000 meals. Sara Kelly, an SEA member who helped organize the event, said people at the event were in the holiday mood.

“Many employees returned to buy additional raffle tickets or baked goods,” Kelly said. “People loved that we were playing holiday music and left the Brown Building with smiles on their faces and goodies in hand.”

Kelly is part of a committee that plans events like this one and an ice cream sundae fundraiser this summer, which benefited the Food Bank and Operation Santa Claus.

“It is rewarding to see how much joy people get out of participating in these events,” Kelly said.

She said the baked goods were a fast mover on Thursday.

“The bake sale items were pretty much gone before the noontime rush, which was disappointing for those who could not make it over to Brown before lunch time,” she said. “The good news is all of the items sold and raised over $1,000.”

Some other highlights:

The three most desired raffle items were the “Bird Basket” donated by Kathy Fullford of NHES-BPC with 213 tickets entered, the “O – Restaurant Gift Card” donated by Deborah Dupuis with 211 tickets entered and finally the “Handmade Quilt” donated by Rachel Lakin & Sheila Vara with 138 tickets entered.

As for the auction, the items with the highest bids were the “Bird Lovers Basket,” donated by Linda White, and the “Home Cooked Dinner,” donated by Mary & Gary Castelli, which each earned $100.

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