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Keene Wine Tasting a Huge Success for Rise...for Baby and Family!

"Rise" ...for Baby and Family is a local non profit located at 147 Washington Street in Keene, NH. They provide early support services (speech, occupational and physical therapy) to families of children under the age of 3 as well as operate a childcare center.

Wine bottles   Unbridled Chocolates

Sampling wine

Last night I attended, as a member of the board, the annual fundraising event for "Rise".  The event is called "A Spirited Taste of Summer in the Shadow of Monadnock" (otherwise well known as "The Wine Tasting") held at the Keene Country Club. The evening brings together some of the region's finest restaurants (Blue Trout Grill, Brown House Bakery, E.F. Lane Hotel & Thyme to Dine Catering, Elm City Brewery, First Course Catering, Keene Country Club, Kristin's Bistro & Bakery, Luca's Mediterranean Cafe, Margarita's Mexican Restaurant, Michele's Ristorante, Nicola's Trattoria, Pappagallo's, Sunflowers Cafe and Catering, Thai Garden, The Stage Restaurant, Tony Clamato's Ristorante, and Unbridled Chocolates) with a variety of wine vendors from across New Hampshire.

Toni Ellsworth

Executive Director of "Rise" felt this year's event was the most successful ever.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves in this relaxed atmosphere of community, food and drinks. 

Red Sox Auction

There was also a silent auction for tickets to a Red Sox game and several locally donated raffle prizes including a $500 gift card and Red Sox tickets for two.  The event was well attended, typically selling 300 tickets.  This year there were more vendors which eliminated long waits for guests to sample foods or wines.  Anyone ordering a bottle of wine (or a case) at the event received an additional discount.


"Rise" is always looking for support from the community, while offering early support services and providing community wide education programs. "Rise" also offers high quality childcare with both full and part time scheduling available.  Any child would be fortunate to be affiliated with "Rise".  My own children attended "Rise" childcare program and reaped benefits from this gentle, nurturing, natural environment.

For more on "Rise" or to volunteer or make a donation, please contact Toni Ellsworth, Executive Director, directly at .


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