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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Fall brings brisk lineup of great fundraising events

September 15. 2013 8:14PM

It's time to open up your calendar and grab your checkbook. The fall season means fundraisers in Manchester, and The Scene's email box has been overwhelmed with events from nonprofits that are doing lots of good work in our community. There are awards to be given, networking to do, and fun to be had. Here we go.

Tour of the town

Aurore Eaton with the Manchester Historic Association sends information about a tour of "Manchester's fashionable North End" this Sunday featuring six fascinating historical properties and a walking tour. The tour will explore the history and architecture of the neighborhood, which was the home of many of the city's most prominent families. It includes two mansions that have been converted for office use, three private homes, and a church campus that features the 1908 Manning House. Attendees will learn about the people who built these structures and contributed to the history of Manchester.

Ticket holders may tour the interior of the properties at their own pace, in any order they wish, from noon to 5 p.m. The guided walking tour will begin at Brookside Church at 12:30 p.m. To order tickets in advance for $20, call 622-7531. Tickets can also be purchased at the church for $25 the day of the event.

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Good Samaritans

Pastoral Counseling Services is holding its 18th annual Good Samaritan Awards on Oct. 1. The honorees, chosen for going above and beyond in their contributions to the community, include W. Stephen McMahon from Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Sue Corby of English for New Americans, Lillye Ramos Spooner of Greater Manchester Aids Project, Rev. Joseph Gurdak of St. Anne–St. Augustin Parish, and Karen Cuneo from Wings & Hooves Therapeutic Riding.

Pastoral Counseling Services offers counseling from its offices at Brookside Church on North Elm Street. It's a wonderful organization that also partners with other nonprofits to offer stress management techniques to under-served and at-risk populations. Money raised at the Good Samaritan Awards goes to assist people who cannot afford counseling.

The evening starts at 5 p.m. at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford. Tickets are available for $65 by contacting Marcia Burns at or 627-2702, Ext. 142.

NH Rocks

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so you are sure to see lots of pink and related fundraisers in the days ahead, including the local American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk here in the Queen City on Sunday, Oct. 20.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Milford's Jules Loehr about a day-long concert she is planning for Sunday, Oct. 6, at Milly's Tavern in Manchester. Proceeds from the NH Rocks for a Cure concert will go to Loehr's Making Strides team as well as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Loehr said she is a breast cancer survivor and a lover of music who has organized smaller fundraising concerts in the past. This year she decided to "go big or go home."

Nine bands and musicians will play from noon to 10 p.m. amid raffles, silent auctions and kid-friendly activities provided by the Manchester Monarchs, the NH Balloon Man, and the New England Brethren of Pirates. You may even get to walk the plank.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door. For more information check out the event Facebook page or contact Loehr at

Camp Allen comedy

Camp Allen's 3rd annual Night of Comedy will be held Oct. 11 at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, appetizers, raffles and auctions.

The comedy show, featuring Boston comedians Robbie Printz, Rob Steen and Jody Sloane, begins at 8 p.m. But I would definitely get there to participate in the auction, which includes Southwest Airlines tickets, Disney World Park Hopper passes, sports memorabilia and other get-aways.

Tickets are a steal at $30 and are available by contacting Camp Allen at 622-8471 or emailing Mary Constance at or Gary Hamer, event chair, at

Mental health celebration

Congratulations to Ellie Cochran of Manchester and Bedford's Wayne Williams for awards they will receive from The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester recognizing their contributions to mental health care in New Hampshire. Awards will be given at the organization's annual celebration benefit dinner on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Derryfield Country Club.

In addition to the awards, an incredible story of hope and healing will be shared by guest speakers Maj. Gen. Graham (Ret.) and his wife, Carol, who lost two sons, both soldiers. One son was lost to war and one to suicide. The Grahams have dedicated their lives to sharing their story as advocates for suicide prevention and mental health.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are $85 each.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

I had my fill of baklava that George Copadis from the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral brought to our offices last week, but I am already craving more. Copadis knows that one taste of Greek pastry is going to bring me in for more — much more — at this weekend's Glendi. And while I am at the Hanover Street church's annual celebration, I might as well try a little lamb, pastichio, dolmades, spinach pita, and loukoumades.

The celebration, which also includes kids' activities, bounce houses, a petting zoo, live music, dancing, raffles and shopping, is Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

I have a pair of free meal tickets for the first person to email me at

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