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Letter from New Hope Celebrates President

A letter from Matt Hanson, President of New Hope Celebrates:

I hope everyone is doing as well as they can during these ever-changing and challenging times. I know that many people in our community are affected by this crisis and our towns look very different than they did a few weeks ago. I can’t accurately express how I feel for the workers, businesses, and community members during this time; know that you are all in my thoughts every day. I want to wish everyone health, safety, well being, and as much happiness as possible through this. 

The Board of New Hope Celebrates made the tough (but necessary) decision to postpone our PrideFest for later this year. We are working hard to confirm a date so that everyone can start planning. We hope to keep this new date but we also need to remember that this is a new normal for everyone so PrideFest may need to look different or be planned differently to take into account safety measures, social distancing, and the well being of our community. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and support after the announcement of our postponement. It’s this support and encouragement that keeps our all-volunteer Board moving forward. 

It’s so important that we support our local businesses and service workers during this time; they are a major part of our community and now they need us. There are various fundraisers through GoFundMe and other sites for restaurants and service workers in our community. We recommend that you visit Facebook or the business’s website to find out more about these individual fundraisers. 

You can continue to support our local businesses (especially the ones that have been great Partners for New Hope Celebrates) by ordering take out/delivery, buying gift cards, shopping online, etc. Remember to tip well! There are a few links at the bottom of this letter that can direct you to businesses that are open and ready for your business.

I am New Hope. You are New Hope. We are New Hope. Our community, and the surrounding areas, are so special because we come together as a commUNITY to support each other and ensure we are all doing well. I love being here and I know we will get through this. We will learn a lot and we will be challenged but we will come through and be able to CELEBRATE together. Please check in on your neighbors, loved ones, friends, and others. If New Hope Celebrates can help support you or you have anything we can do, please reach out at [email protected]

Thank you for the continued support and be safe, be well, and be proud!

Matt Hanson, President
New Hope Celebrates, Inc. 

New Hope Celebrates Out and About section

Liz Battaglia has put together a web page that lists restaurants that are open and ready for your take out/delivery patronage: Dining Guide

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