FAMILIES IN TRANSITION HOSTS CINCO DE MAYO FUNDRAISING EVENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2011

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322

May 5th celebration features live music, food, and more to support housing & programming for homeless individuals and families

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless services provider, is now selling tickets for its sixth annual Cinco de Mayo event, the proceeds of which directly support the agency’s housing and services for the homeless.

Since 2006, Families in Transition’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration has raised nearly $400,000 for Families in Transition for various projects to support their housing and services for homeless individuals and families. This year, the money raised by the event will help furnish a new FIT residence: an historic, refurbished building on Lowell Street in Manchester, NH, which when completed in June 2011 will house up to thirty homeless women and children.

“This year, our Cinco de Mayo Celebration is a whole new event,” said FIT President Maureen Beauregard. “We’ve moved it to the center of downtown Manchester and reduced ticket prices. It’s going to be a great night for a good cause, and we hope you’ll join us.”

The Latin-flavored event will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30pm – 9:30pm at the Brady Sullivan building at 1000 Elm Street. It features food, drinks, and dancing, with light Mexican fare by the Hanover Street Chop House, live Latin music with Combo Sabroso from Boston, and a live auction with items like four luxury suite tickets to a Red Sox game. The event is supported by Cityside Management Corporation, Comcast, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, Northern Elastomeric, Inc., 92.5 The River, Cactus Jack’s, Great Bridge Properties, MTS Services, Anagnost Investments, Inc., Prestige Auto Body, Inc., Steve Friedman, North Branch Construction, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Prestige Fitness, and Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA.

Event tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at www.fitnh.org/cinco.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, the stores, or the Cinco de Mayo event, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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