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Sep 23, 2019








Completed sweet cases. Courtesy of Together We Rise.

Pics for Packs

When: Sunday, April 26, 4 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 for preferred reserved seating for the show. Admission is 18+. 
Call: 458-6858

Pics for Packs
XO Photo holds fundraiser for children in foster care

By Angie Sykeny

 An evening of shopping, food, comedy and more is in store at Pics for Packs, a fundraiser put on by XO Photo to benefit Together We Rise happening Sunday, April 26, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua.

From 4 to 6 p.m. guests will gather in the ballroom for an expo-style setup of local vendors, music, food and drinks. Then, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., comedian hypnotist Bruce James will perform a show in the Balsam room.
“We have all these connections we’ve gained being in the event industry,” said Rachael Morgan, owner of XO Photo, a Salem-based photo booth rental company. “We know DJs, we know venues, so myself and my team sat down together and said, why don’t we pull together our resources and do something really awesome to give back.”  
Together We Rise is a nonprofit that seeks to improve the lives of children in foster care.
Around 20 local vendors will have tables set up to chat with guests, give out samples and sell their products, including Wicked Mojo IT of Derry, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt of Nashua and Tilton, LB Fitness Personal Training of Nashua and Lady Di’s Sweet Treats of Salem. The first 100 attendees will receive “swag bags” filled with coupons and samples from the attending vendors and other local businesses.
A DJ will provide the tunes, and a massage therapist will be there to give free chair massages. Capture the memories at an XO Photo photo booth, and snack on some finger food provided by the Radisson. A cash bar will be available as well.
There will be numerous raffle prizes, including gift certificates from local businesses, Canobie Lake Park tickets, an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Radisson and a Boston Red Sox photo signed by player Rusney Castillo.
For the second part of the evening, comedian hypnotist Bruce James will perform a Las Vegas-style show with his assistant and former Miss New England, Kelly Jean.
“Bruce is amazing and really funny,” Morgan said. “Our attendees will be the people he’s hypnotising so you can just raise your hand if you want to participate. It’s a great chance to get involved, do something fun and try something new.”
Proceeds from the event will provide “sweet cases” for local children in foster care, travel bags filled with a blanket, personal care items, a stuffed animal and a coloring book and crayons. Morgan said the goal is for the event to provide 100 sweet cases.
“Most kids in foster care really only have a trash bag, the clothes on their back and maybe a few belongings,” Morgan said.
After the event, Together We Rise will send Morgan and her team the cases, and they will assemble them and color designs on them with fabric markers to make them fun and personal. Then, they will pass the cases on to local agencies who will distribute them to the children.
“[The event] is a way to count our blessings, give back and have fun at the same time,” Morgan said. “It’s a great show, great experience and at the end of the evening you’ve made someone else’s day. I don’t think you can beat that feeling.”  
As seen in the April 23, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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