The Birchtree Center is hosting two fundraisers on Thursday, May 21 in downtown Portsmouth.
From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., The Friendly Toast at 113 Congress Street will offer a “Friendly Fundraiser,” with 20% of sales going to Birchtree. Diners can help local students with autism while enjoying all-day breakfast, burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees, and a full bar. To see a menu, visit www.thefriendlytoast.com.
Across the road at 104 Congress Street, Alex and Ani will offer a “Charmed by Charity” event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 15% of all merchandise sales that evening will go to support Birchtree’s autism programs. Individuals who want to shop from home can call the store at 603-766-6786 to place a phone order. To view the eco-conscious jewelry and accessories available at the store, visit www.alexandani.com.
Proceeds from both events will go to The Birchtree Center, a nonprofit that promotes independence, engaging relationships, and productive lives for children and youth with autism at home, at school, and in the community. Twenty-one public school districts in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts send students to attend Birchtree’s year-round special-educational day school in Newington, which serves students with autism aged 2-21 years. The organization’s Outreach Program offers consultation, assessments, teacher training, and direct services in family homes and public schools. The organization is named after the New Hampshire state tree, the white birch. This shallow-rooted tree often grows in clusters to survive—like a birch tree, a child with autism needs to be supported by family and community to grow and flourish. Stay updated on Birchtree Center events and news on the organization’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/birchtreecenter.