NEWMARKET__The public is invited to “Party with a Purpose” at the 20th Annual Kristine Cuzzi Sock, Hat and Mitten Drive on October 5.
Hosted by Club Finz Parrot Head Club of Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine, the benefit event embraces the Parrot Head philosophy to “party with a purpose” in that it combines charity work with a social outing. Club Finz is a social club for fans of Jimmy Buffett. Admission to the tropical-themed evening is free if you bring socks, hats and mittens to donate.
Donations from this year’s event will be provided to: Families First Health and Support Center; Crossroads House; My Friend’s Place; Rockingham Nutrition Meals on Wheels; Dover Teen Center; Connections Peer Support Center and My Turn. In 2018, the event saw a total of 3,309 socks, hats and mittens donated. They have collected 42,221 since the event began.
The event is named for the late Kristine Cuzzi, a longtime member of Club Finz, who passed away in 2015.
“Kristine was the biggest cheerleader of the sock, hat and mitten drive. She had a way of motivating people to get things done, volunteer and donate,” said Club Finz Director of Fundraising Diana Minutelli, who has been chairing the event since 2004. “She was always on the committee of this event since it began, and it was only fitting that we named the drive after her to honor her giving spirit.”
Other longtime participants include the trio of Lucille Matthews, Chris Dean, and Betty Randlett, who knit hats every year, with a goal of making 100 hats annually.
“The charities really appreciate the warm clothing and getting it before winter sets in,” Minutelli said, adding socks are one of the most needed items at shelters. “Because if your feet are wet and you don't have a dry pair to change its hard to stay warm.”
The event will he held Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Newmarket American Legion, 151 Main Street.
Club Finz’s mission is to promote friendships and organize social activities for people who share an affection for the tropical spirit of singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s music and have a desire to contribute to the betterment of their community. For more information go to www.clubfinz.com