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The 2013 Thanksgiving Breakfast. Courtesy photo.




21st Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast by New Horizons for New Hampshire

When: Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 7:15 to 9 a.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Visit: newhorizonsfornh.org, facebook.com/NewHorizonsNH 
Tickets: $50 per person. See newhorizonsfornh.org for table and sponsorship rates.




Eat an egg, provide a turkey
Breakfast brings Thanksgiving to Manchester families

11/20/14
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Preparing to cook your holiday meal while running around trying to get your home ready for an influx of family members can make the days leading up to Thanksgiving stressful. Take a break from the pre-festivity planning and help out your neighbors at New Horizons for New Hampshire’s annual Thanksgiving Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7:15 a.m. 

Spend a couple of hours munching on pastry and sipping coffee while helping to fund full turkey dinners for greater Manchester families. For the past 21 years, New Horizons has invited businesses, community leaders and faith-based organizations to gather for breakfast at the Radisson in downtown Manchester to reflect on the importance of helping others during the holiday season.
“It’s our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year … between 600 and 700 people [attend],” said Charlie Sherman, executive director for New Horizons.  “It’s a traditional breakfast,” he said, a casual time for people to eat, chat and catch up.  
“[We] talk about the things we’ve done this season and talk about the holidays because it’s a tough time for so many people,” Sherman said. 
The large meal feels almost like an annual meeting, a chance for New Horizons to keep everyone in the loop about their current projects. 
“We have a slideshow that goes on throughout the morning and shows some of the things we’ve done throughout the year,” he said. 
Each breakfast has a silent auction and raffle (last year’s raffle prize was a turkey-shaped cake from Triolo’s Bakery), as well as guest speakers, one from a faith-based organization, one from a business and one a former New Horizons client. Bo Chancey, senior pastor of Manchester Christian Church, and Sherry Stevens, community relations specialist from Hannaford, are two of this year’s speakers. Gov. Maggie Hassan and Mayor Ted Gatsas will also address the group. 
The meal will have breakfast favorites such as eggs, bacon, pastry and coffee, provided by the Radisson. New Horizons chose a breakfast fundraiser instead of a dinner as a way to mix things up and make it easier to attend. 
“There are so many dinners,” Sherman said. “You work all day and it drags on.” 
Money raised at the Thanksgiving Breakfast goes toward providing meals for families on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tons of Turkey, which is run by Hannaford Supermarkets and The Mill 96.5, is one of the programs helped by the annual breakfast. “What we do [on the] Saturday before Thanksgiving … we have volunteers ask people buying their turkey dinner if they would consider buying another turkey for someone in the greater Manchester area,” he said. 
Last year, 20 tons of turkey was collected, as well as “all the fixings,” like potatoes, corn, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
A similar turkey and fixings distribution on the Saturday before Christmas is also funded by the Thanksgiving Breakfast. “We have families and volunteers who come and deliver them to people’s homes. It can be pretty moving,” Sherman said. “You go to some of these homes and it breaks your heart to see people crying, so happy to have a [turkey] dinner. We do 1,300 of those, funded by Thanksgiving Breakfast.”
New Horizons started its Thanksgiving tradition over two decades ago as a way to help those struggling through tough times. 
“We felt that no family should not have turkey with all of the fixings on their table,” Sherman said. “We wanted to make sure that nobody goes without, at least on that day [Thanksgiving] and Christmas Day. Having that dinner and sitting around the table and at least being able to enjoy what so many of us take for granted.” 
 
As seen in the November 20, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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