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The Merrimack Sponsors SouperFest for Concord Coalition to End Homelessness

Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) is the naming sponsor for 2017’s SouperFest, in support of Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH). SouperFest is a major fundraising event for CCEH, which combines “SoupFest” and “FunFest” will be held on Saturday evening, March 18th at Rundlett Middle School on 144 South Street in Concord.


Left to right: Philip Emma, President, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Ellen Groh, Executive Director, Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and Tracie McHugh, Digital Banking Specialist

At the evening portion of the event, attendees can sample unique specialty soups crafted by chefs from around Concord, including cheddar cheese and broccoli, Italian sausage tortellini and pumpkin black bean with prosciutto, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Artisanal breads will be available along with a vast selection of desserts prepared by 45 bakery chefs. Sink and Soha will provide music, and food safe bowls hand-crafted by local potters and school children can be purchased at the event. There will be a family-oriented FunFest with bouncy houses, face painting, games and more, earlier in the afternoon.

“The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness has been tireless in their work for children, families and individuals of our local community,” said Philip Emma, President of the Merrimack. “We’re honored, in our 150th anniversary year, to be able to support SouperFest as the naming sponsor. The bank was founded on principles of service to others and we gladly stand behind the Coalition, who have been a wonderful example for us all.”

“We’re extremely grateful for the support of local organizations like Merrimack County Savings Bank, who continue to support SouperFest, one of our key annual fundraising events,” said Ellen Groh, Executive Director for CCEH. “Help in all its forms allows us to continue lifting up the voices of homeless men and women with no place to go.” Tickets and T-shirts for SouperFest can be purchased on the CCEH website: http://concordhomeless.org/buy_tickets.aspx.

CCEH was founded in 2008 to eliminate the causes of homelessness in the Greater Concord community through a coordinated, committed and active effort of many stakeholders and organizations. The Coalition operates a daytime, drop-in resource center that provides immediate assistance to people struggling with homelessness, including access to showers, laundry and computers. CCEH is the lead agency for implementing Concord’s plan to end homelessness, and has recently created a permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals. A comprehensive fundraising campaign that will include an emergency winter shelter will be launched soon. For more information about the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, visit concordhomeless.org.

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