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$2,500 raised to provide financial assistance to neighbors in need

Updated: May 10, 2022

The Alliance for Greater Good held a fun-filled virtual Mardi Gras party on March 1 that raised $2,500 for Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth.

Bonnie Blaisdell (l) and Joanne Wolfe (r) of the Alliance for Greater Good with Charlotte Capra, the mixologist for the event.

$2,500 raised to provide financial assistance to neighbors in need

Cocktails for a Cause featured Charlotte Capra, the bar manager at The Kitchen in Portsmouth, who taught the audience how to make three amazing cocktails and infusions over the course of the hour and a half event. She was joined by local rock band, Jamsterdam, who entertained over 80 event supporters as they were sipping the cocktails they made.

Meg Munsey, one of Womenaid’s Board members, spoke to the participants about how the organization helps those in our community with short-term financial assistance for things such as automobile, childcare, education, healthcare, housing, and utilities expenses. A little bit of money can make a significant impact to those needing assistance.

“Thank you SO very much for an amazing event last night-everything was just fantastic, and I know I speak for all of us at Womenaid when I express how deeply grateful we are for the opportunity you provided us.” - Meg Munsey, Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth

Back row (L to R)- Meg Munsey, Lisa Vivinetto, Julie Johnson, Bonnie Blaisdell, Helen Brewster, and Joan Walsh Front row (L to R)- Bridgette Beagen, Patty Cohen, and Catherine Moran

According to Julie Johnson, one of the co-founders of the Alliance and the on-screen host for the evening, “our mission is to help others by rallying the kindness in us all, and this event provided a really fun way for many people to help.” She added, “We decided to also focus the event on female empowerment since March is National Women’s History month.” The Alliance, which has five women board members, used the event to spotlight one of Portsmouth’s best female bartenders, Charlotte Capra, and to raise funds for Womenaid which is powered by nine amazing women. The event sponsors were two women-owned/co-owned local businesses, Joe’s Meat Shoppe in North Hampton and 210 Hair Salon in Portsmouth.

“I want to thank everyone who donated to Womenaid and joined us here tonight. Your support of this event will leave a lasting imprint on those who thought they had nowhere else to turn for help- and then found Womenaid." - Julie Johnson, Alliance co-founder

For more information or to share ideas for future events, email the Alliance for Greater Good at, visit its website and follow it on Facebook to learn about future events.

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