NHLC Surpasses $2.3 Million in Fundraising Effort

Pictured above from left to right: (Front row) Susannah Hubler, Barrel Select Associate, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and Larry Phillips, Jr., winner of the Pappy Van Winkle & Buffalo Trace prize. (Second row) Tim Wilson, Division Manager – Control States, Sazerac Company, Mark Roy, Spirts Marketing & Sales Specialist, NHLC, Sarra Dennehy, Executive Director, Best Buddies NH, Paul Raymond, Advisory Board, Best Buddies NH, Nicole Brassard Jordan, Deputy Commissioner, NHLC, Ryan DeVecchio, VP & General Manager - New England, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Joseph Mollica, Chairman, NHLC, and Kirt Clemens, Executive VP & General Manager – East Control Region, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Courtesy photo.

Over the past five years, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has helped raise over $2.3 million for New Hampshire nonprofit organizations.

Beginning in 2015, NHLC leadership undertook an effort to develop strategic partnerships with brokers and suppliers to make a positive impact on New Hampshire’s nonprofit community. “We are extremely proud to have raised more than $2.3 million for nonprofit organizations in the Granite State,” says NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica.

“In addition to fulfilling our role of being one of the largest non-tax revenue contributors to New Hampshire’s General Fund, we believe it is important to support our community in additional ways. We are pleased to have generated considerable revenue for organizations that help transform the lives of so many Granite Staters.”

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NHLC exceeded the $2.3 million mark last month, following three events for Best Buddies New Hampshire, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH) and Easterseals New Hampshire.

The 17th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular is the marquee event of New Hampshire Wine Week, which attracts more than 60 wine companies for a week-long celebration. The event is the region’s largest wine expo, drawing more than 1,500 guests to sample more than 1,800 wines. All proceeds from the Winter Wine Spectacular support Easterseals New Hampshire’s Early Supports and Services program, which serves children from birth to three years old who are born with a disability, special need or developmental delay.

Since the Winter Wine Spectacular’s inception 17 years ago, the event has raised nearly $2.4 million for Easterseals New Hampshire.

“Our partnership with NHLC has made an incredible impact on the thousands of people we serve each year, and we could not be more grateful for this ongoing support from NHLC and its customers,” said Christine Pederson, Easterseals New Hampshire. “By providing exceptional and meaningful services, Easterseals New Hampshire is constantly striving to change the way the world views and defines disability, and NHLC’s longstanding partnership goes a long way toward achieving that goal.”

Beginning in 2015, NHLC leadership undertook an effort to develop strategic partnerships with brokers and suppliers to make a positive impact on New Hampshire’s nonprofit community, including the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH).

Beginning in 2015, NHLC leadership undertook an effort to develop strategic partnerships with brokers and suppliers to make a positive impact on New Hampshire’s nonprofit community, including the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (ARLNH). Pictured above from left to right: Ashley Cooper, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Katharine Eneguess, ARLNH, Andrea Marquis, Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, Nicole Brassard Jordan, Deputy Commissioner, NHLC, and Connor Hickey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Photo credit: Matthew Lomanno.

In November, NHLC expanded its annual Pappy Van Winkle Raffle benefiting Best Buddies New Hampshire by offering additional prizes. The initiative generated interest from across the country. NHLC randomly selected Larry Phillips Jr. of Sylvania, Ohio as the winner of a prize package of Pappy Van Winkle’s 10-year, 12-year, 15-year, 20-year, and 23-year bourbons, along with items from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and an all-expense-paid trip to New Hampshire for Distiller’s Week.

Best Buddies New Hampshire offers one-to-one friendship and leadership development programs – positively impacting nearly 7,920 individuals with and without disabilities in New Hampshire.

“Thanks to the support from NHLC and its customers over the past three years, we have drastically expanded our programming to reach thousands of individuals, offering socialization opportunities to help erase the invisible line that often separates students or adults with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Sarra Dennehy, executive director of Best Buddies New Hampshire. “NHLC’s support has allowed our friendship programs to expand to middle and high schools as well as colleges, and will enable us to introduce the JOBS program to New Hampshire, which provides individuals with intellectual and development disabilities with highly competitive jobs in a field suited to their individual talents and skills.”

Also in November, proceeds from the Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits — which features more than 400 spirits for sampling and draws more than 1,000 people — supported the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, which works to improve animal welfare by assisting more than 2,200 pets and their owners each year.

In addition to Easterseals New Hampshire, Best Buddies New Hampshire and ARLNH, NHLC has worked with suppliers and brokers in support of nonprofit organizations, including Homes for Our Troops, Operation Care for Troops, New Hampshire Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Granite United Way, Concord Hospital, Crotched Mountain Foundation, and the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association.

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