By Ted Wing, Development Director at City Year New Hampshire 

On Thursday, October 29th City Year New Hampshire was the beneficiary of the 1st Annual Scary Scary Night presented by FeedNH.org and hosted at the Copper Door Restaurant in Bedford, NH.

As someone that enjoys Halloween and who was on the planning committee for the event, I knew this was going to be fun and exciting, but what took place was far better than I had imagined. For the last several months we had met as a planning team with staff from the Great New Hampshire Restaurants, FeedNH, and City Year to create the must attend Halloween party of the season. The creativity and passion of the committee to put on a stellar event was only rivaled by their commitment to raise money for City Year and at the head of this effort was Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of Great NH Restaurants, who constantly challenged us to do something special and unique for those that attended. We sure did!

The décor set the stage as guests pulled up to the Copper Door to check in, with 100 jack-o’ lanterns faintly lighting their path to a graveyard full of City Year Zombies and a thin mist of fog surrounding a coffin full of toe-tags (aka, drink tickets). Inside, guests discovered a spirited haunted mansion with Copper Door staff dressed up as skeletons and City Year staff as vampires.

From the delicious hor d'oeuvres and desserts, to live music performed by the band CRUSH, 125+ guests danced and enjoyed a spirited night of Halloween fun. One of the many highlights of the night had to be the three fortune tellers that read palms and the old school photo booth. As part of the evening, those in attendance had an opportunity to learn more about City Year and watch a short video that highlighted the impact City Year New Hampshire alumna Beth Boucher had on a student, Sarah. The programming concluded with a costume contest with gift baskets valued at over $500 for Best Couple, Scariest, and Funniest costumes. Not everyone who attended Scary Scary Night was in costume, but those who were helped to make the evening one hauntingly fun place to be!

Our sincerest thanks goes out to Tom Boucher, The Copper Door Restaurant, Great New Hampshire Restaurants, FeedNH.org and our numerous sponsors: Eastern Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, T-Bones Specialty Market, the Scribbit, Sysco, Donabedian Bros.,  Anagnost Companies, Talient Action Group, Performance Food Service, and Grace Limousine.

Photos in this blog were taken by various CYNH Staff & AmeriCorps Members. For more photos on the event by SweetShot Photography, please take a look at this link: Scary Scary Night

Ted Wing, Development Director, City Year New Hampshire

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