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  • ‘Hungry for Hope II’ Event Returns To Fight Addiction, Aid Recovery

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    July 18, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Contact: John Akar
                  Cava Tapas and Wine Bar
    ‘Hungry for Hope II’ Event Returns
    To Fight Addiction, Aid Recovery
    July 17, 2017 — Portsmouth, NH ­–  ‘Hungry for Hope’ is back, a community gathering and fundraising event to support the Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. This year’s event will take place on the evening of Monday, August 7th at One Harbour Place overlooking the Portsmouth waterfront.
    Hungry for Hope was born a year ago at the hands of John Akar, co-owner of Cava Tapas and Wine Bar, and Renee Plummer, VP of Marketing for Two International Group. Having both been affected personally by substance misuse, they joined forces with various local restaurants, wine and beer vendors, and community sponsors to create an evening to help alleviate the problem locally.  At the second annual Hungry for Hope, guests can enjoy bites and drinks from some of the area’s top restaurants, including the 100 Club, Black Trumpet, Moxy, Cava and others.
    “This is a community-wide fight,” said Akar. “It touches home not only personally with us - it is a reminder that it can happen to anyone. It’s not just one segment of the population.”
    Last year, Hungry for Hope raised nearly $35,000 for the Safe Harbor Recovery Center, a resource for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Located on Islington Street in Portsmouth, the Center provides crisis intervention, support groups, recovery coaches, and sober social activities for those recovering from addiction. They recently celebrated their first anniversary since opening on July 12th of last year.
    Akar and Plummer hope to raise $30,00 at this year’s event. One of the biggest needs of the Center is a van to pick up those needing medical care, a ride to meetings, and a way to participate in sober activities.
    “This is a disease,” said Plummer, who is on the board of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery. “We saw such success with the event last year, and we hope to see other Seacoast communities follow Portsmouth’s lead.“
    Hungry for Hope begins at 6:30pm for General Admission ticket holders.  Tickets are $95 each and available at www.hungryforhopeharvest.com.  A full list of sponsors and participating restaurants are also available on the site. 
    John Akar
    (603) 319-1575