I am excited to announce “Staches to Lashes” a benefit for The Children’s Inn at The National Institutes of Health (NIH), to be held on October 20, 2022. This year the event will be held at The Cliff House Resort in Cape Neddick, Maine. The Cliff House has generously donated their beautiful ballroom for the evening and are our Presenting Partner. We are so grateful for their immense generosity.
I initiated this event in 2017 during my first summer as the owner of The Front Porch. Over the first three years of this event, we went from raising $32,000 in the piano bar (2017) to $137,000+ in a 200-person sellout crowd at a bigger venue space (2019). My expectation for this year is to raise over $200,000 for a cause very near and dear to my heart.
THE WHY:At 6 months old I was diagnosed with a rare immune deficiency called Chronic Granulomatous Disease and began my care at NIH the world’s leading research hospital, located in Bethesda MD. Throughout my life I received care at the NIH for this life-threatening illness, and underwent two stem cell transplants. The first transplant in fifth grade unsuccessful, and the second in 2014, at the age of 24, was luckily successful in curing my disease. I now sit on the board of The Children’s Inn where my family and I have spent over 250+ nights while I underwent treatment at NIH.
The Children’s Inn at NIH is a private, nonprofit “Place Like Home” for children and their families participating in pediatric research at the Clinical Center of the world-renowned NIH. The Inn reduces the burden of illness through therapeutic, educational and recreational programming – all at no cost to the families. Since opening in 1990, nearly 13,500 families from across the world, and many from New England, have considered The Inn their home. As a partner in discovery and care with the NIH, The Inn strives for the day when no family endures the heartbreak of a seriously ill child. Giving back is a part of my DNA and I have supported many philanthropic efforts personally and through my restaurants.
“Staches to Lashes” is a very special one; for which I have been humbled to receive so much support for. To reach our goal this year I am asking for your support. I am looking to you as a community partner to work with us at The Front Porch, Crew, & beyond to support this impactful cause and event. I have attached information on our sponsorship packages that will bring you on board as a caring partner of “Staches to Lashes” one of the premier philanthropic events around.
As always, your contributions are valuable to the continuation of our cause.