Jul. 31—LEBANON — The 2021 CHaD HERO is quickly approaching and community support for the annual fundraiser is ramping up with several local events and the announcement of a generous challenge grant. The CHaD HERO brings awareness and raises funds for the largest fundraising event for Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).
Thanks to a generous $150,000 challenge grant from The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, participants can elevate their CHaD HERO fundraising efforts with a matching donation. Gifts made to the CHaD HERO from July 15-August 15 will be matched 2:1. Gifts made after August 15 will be matched 1:1 until the match runs out. Matches will be added to qualifying participants' fundraising pages after all $150,000 has been raised.
CHaD is encouraging every HERO to maximize the match over the next few weeks to support kids like Ainsley, this year's Kid HERO. Shortly after her birth, Ainsley became a CHaD patient when doctors discovered a congenital heart condition requiring open heart surgery. Despite countless procedures and appointments, Ainsley is a thriving, energetic five-year-old who loves dancing, riding her bike, camping and the outdoors. HEROES can learn more about Ainsley's story on the HERO blog.
The month of August features three HERO Happenings:
HERO Pizza Night -Wednesday, August 11 — 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by King Arthur Baking Company, CHaD supporters will come away from this event as homemade pizza experts. The virtual event features an interactive demonstration in a one-hour pizza class. The entry fee is $35 and proceeds will be donated to the HERO. Sign up at www.KingArthurBaking.com
HERO Yoga for CHaD — Thursday, August 12 — 5:30 p.m.
You can enjoy physical and spiritual benefits of yoga with Mighty Yoga! The one-hour session is hosted by Kim and has virtual or in-person options at Mighty Yoga in Hanover, N.H. All levels of experience are welcome as Kim has modifications and variations for every sequence. Learn more at www.MightyYogaNH.com.
100-Mile Motorcycle Ride -Saturday, Aug. 28 — Registration opens at 9 a.m.
Take a scenic 100-mile motorcycle ride through the beautiful White Mountains to benefit this year's Kid HERO Ainsley. The event starts and ends at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in Lancaster, N.H. Don't have a bike? The White Mountains are just as beautiful by car! Learn more at www.Facebook.com/events/492331642071369.
The 2020 HERO raised over $517,000 to support programs that CHaD families rely on every day. This includes the Child Life Program, which helps children and their families acclimate to the healthcare environment and to navigate challenging situations; CAPP, which provides services to suspected victims of child abuse across the region; and the Complex Care Program, which supports children with complex medical needs and their families.
Additional HERO details and registration information is available at CHaDHERO.org.