A Newcastle restaurant will host a fundraiser and silent auction for an organization fighting food insecurity on Friday, Dec. 21.
The event will be the official kickoff of a relationship between Newcastle Publick House and Go Big for Hunger, a nonprofit organization that partners with restaurants around Maine to raise funds to fight childhood hunger.
“We have two kids who’ve gone through the school system and we’ve seen firsthand how food insecurity impacts children,” said Alex Nevens, owner of the Newcastle Publick House. “They can’t do well in school if they don’t have food in their belly, and being in the food business, we want to do what we can to help.”
On Friday evening, the Oysterhead Lounge – the space above the restaurant – will have a voluntary $5 cover. All of the proceeds from the cover charge will go to the organization, and patrons are welcome to donate more. The Working Dead will perform in the Oysterhead Lounge beginning at 8 p.m.
The rest of the restaurant will also have the opportunity to support Go Big for Hunger through a silent auction. Items have been donated by local businesses Mexicali Blues, Sea Smoke Shop, Riverside Butcher Co., S. Fernald’s General Store, Consigning Women, The Beach Plum Co., and Belle Jolie.
Nevens said this will be the first of many events the restaurant hosts to support Go Big for Hunger.
“There’s a global need, but as a community restaurant and pub, it’s pretty close to home,” Nevens said.
For more information about Go Big for Hunger or to make a donation, go to gobigforhunger.com.
For more information about the Newcastle Publick House, located at 52 Main St. in Newcastle, or Friday’s event, call the restaurant at 563-3434 or find the business on Facebook.