A Shout Out for Talent – CCEH Launches New Talent Show Fundraiser

Concord Coalition to End Homelessness Begins Search for Contestants for Fall Talent Show      

CONCORD – Concord-area performers: If you’ve dreamt of showcasing your special talent, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) wants to shine a spotlight on you.

CCEH is recruiting performers of all types to participate in it’s first-ever Talent Show in October.

The fundraising event will showcase a variety of talents through a round of live auditions and the final show October 5th on the Capitol Center for the Arts’ newly renovated Bank of New Hampshire Stage. Approximately 10 acts will compete in the October 5th Talent Show, where Judges Choice and a People’s Choice winners will be selected. The public is invited to the auditions and final show.

Individuals interested in competing should click here for the contest rules and submit an application to perform.   Deadline for submitting is April 1st.

Entries will be screened in March, with the selected contestants invited to perform at a live audition in May or June at either Area 23 or Lithermans, both located in Concord, NH. Auditioning performers will advance to the October 5th talent show based, partially on the number of audience votes they received and the judges opinions. 

Talent Show Chair and CCEH Board Member Greg Lessard called the Talent Show, “A very exciting new fundraiser for CCEH that promises to be a memorable event for Concord. The evening will be themed after Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth,” and we’re thrilled to offer this event at the new Bank of New Hampshire Stage.”

The October 5th event evening will include fundraising activities and food service provided by the theater’s Main Street neighbors: Concord Food Co-op and O’s Steak and Seafood. 

About the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness

CCEH’s mission is to end homelessness in the greater Concord area. Working with our partners, our goal is to permanently house all chronically homeless individuals, and ensure there is a safety net and resources in place to quickly re-house people who have recently become homeless.

CCEH operates the Concord Emergency Winter Shelter and daytime Resource Center, which helps with guests’ immediate needs, such as shower, laundry, computer access, and a place to receive mail. A caseworker helps guests connect with housing and other resources, and other agencies, including the Concord Hospital Downtown Clinic and Riverbend Community Mental Health. Equally important, The Winter Shelter and theResource Center are both places where people experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect.

CCEH also operates Housing First Concord, a permanent supportive housing program which provides rental assistance and intensive caseworker support to individuals who have struggled with chronic homelessness. CCEH relies on the support of the community, both financial and volunteer time, to do this work, and we are deeply grateful for all the support the Concord community has contributed to CCEH and this cause.

Approximately 10 acts will compete in the Oct. 5 Talent Show,  where Judges Choice and a People’s Choice winners will be selected. Complete contest rules are available by clicking here.



The Talent Show Planning Committee

Kim Cote Brandes- Concord Food Co-op, Marketing

Cathy Battistelli- Retired, Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the District of NH

Beth Mulleavey- Business Development Specialist, Sugar River Bank (CCEH Board)

Cathy Battistelli- Retired, Deputy Chief Probation Officer for the District of NH

Chris Vary- Director Promotional Relations, Binnie Media

Cydney Dodge- Director of Operations, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Donna Lessard- Owner, Willow Administrative Management

Greg Lessard- Director Development, Concord Food Co-op, (CCEH Board, Talent Show Chair)

Karen McNamara- Self employed, Reading Therapist 

Kelly Molloy- Owner, Green Life Wellness

Kirk McNeil- Owner, Area 23

Laura Scott-Director of Alumni & Dev., NHTI

Michael Hauptly-Pierce- Owner, Lithermans Limited Brewery

Pat Bourgault-Operations Manager, Concord Eye Center

Rich Woodfin-VP of Marketing & Media, Charter Trust

Ron Bessett-Senior Counsel, Lincoln Financial Group

Sean Skabo-VP Commercial Loan Officer, MCSB

Stephanie Zydenbos, Owner, Micro Mama’s

Vincent Ardizzone, Health and Beauty Dept. Mgr, Concord Food Coop