Exeter Events and Tents pitches in

EXETER — Michael Parkin, owner of Exeter Events and Tents, a local tent and event rental company, recently founded an event to reward local charitable organizations through a contest, named a Quest to Reinvest.

The winning entry was Families in Transition.

“The purpose of this contest is to show our thanks to local charities with our same values and show them our appreciation for their good work,” Parkin said.

To qualify for the contest, applicants had to be affiliated with a New Hampshire based charitable organization that embodied core values similar to those expressed at Exeter Events and Tents. These values included the support of individuals and families facing financial, emotional, educational, psychological and/or physical hardship. Protecting the environment, abused and abandoned animals, and reducing obstacles regarding race and gender discrimination were also qualifying factors.

Applicants sent in essays regarding events they were planning to support their charities. Each organization was interviewed by Parkin, who later met with a committee to determine the winner out of 24 worthy applicants including the likes of Big Brothers Big Sisters, New Horizons and the Crohns and Colitis Foundation.

As the winner, Families in Transitions received a grand prize of $3,000 in grants to be put toward an event of its choosing.

“We are grateful to Michael and his team at Exeter Events and Tents for the grant,” said Maureen Beauregard, president of Families in Transition.

Parkin also gifted each of the remaining 23 organizations with grants worth more than $17,000.

For information about the Quest to Reinvest applicants or on how to apply for next year contest, visit Exeter Events and Tents at http://www.exetereventsandtents.com/.

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