Jazz & Juice event to raise money for Marguerite’s Place
NASHUA – In their own little twist to the parable that suggests making lemonade when you’re handed lemons, staff and directors of Marguerite’s Place are building the theme of this year’s second annual Jazz & Juice fundraiser.
It happens to fall on Friday, April 13.
Initiated last year to complement their longtime signature fall fundraiser, Jazz & Juice is a casual evening featuring a jazz trio from Nashua’s Studio 99, wine and beer tasting with a variety of local breweries and winemakers, and plenty of culinary fare by top chefs and raffles.
Proceeds help fund programs and defray operating costs at Marguerite’s Place, the nonprofit transitional housing and supportive services program for women with children who are homeless or otherwise in crisis.
Named “Lucky 13,” this year’s Jazz & Juice is age 21-plus and starts at 6 p.m. at Nashua Country Club, which also hosts the agency’s more formal fall fundraisers. Organizers urge patrons to purchase tickets as soon as possible, as last year’s was quick to sell out. They are $40 in advance, and can be purchased by calling 598-1582 or at www.margueritesplace.org. Any tickets left will be sold at the door for $50.
“We’re on track for a very fun evening,” Beverly Doolan, the agency’s director of development and public relations, said. “It’s more casual than our fall fundraiser, designed for friends and colleagues to mix and mingle, enjoy the music, food and beverages and have a lot of fun.”
Doolan said organizers grabbed the “Lucky 13” theme and ran with it.
“We got totally carried away with the 13 thing,” she said with a laugh. “Thirteen will be everywhere that night.”
For instance, she said, the raffle will involve 13 mystery packages, including 13 gift card packages from 13 downtown area restaurants, and an attraction called the “martini luge” will become the “Lucky 13 martini luge” for the evening.
“We expect the luge to be a real hit,” Doolan said, describing it as a special setup from which guests can select a signature martini, part of the cost of which is a donation to Marguerite’s Place.
Founded nearly 20 years ago, Marguerite’s Place came about through the efforts of the Grey Nuns, the religious order begun by the 18th-century Canadian humanitarian Marguerite d’Youville. When d’Youville, an impoverished woman who dedicated her life to charity and serving the poor, ill and elderly, was declared a saint in 1990, the Grey Nuns’ five New England congregations organized a task force to study the need for services in the Nashua, Manchester and Lowell region.
The state’s lack of long-term housing with on-site child care for women and children at risk led the task force to choose Nashua as the best location for such a facility, which came to be known as Marguerite’s Place.
The money raised at Jazz & Juice and its several other fundraisers support a whole host of programs, including its on-site child care center, short-term loans for residents needing car repairs or to pay for schooling or job training and general living expenses.
Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.