Michael Simchik
Talent Show Honorary Chair

Owner, Hotel Concord

I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY MORE COMPELLING NEED IN SOCIETY TODAY THAN TO ASSIST THOSE LESS FORTUNATE IN HAVING A PLACE THEY CAN CALL “HOME”—A PLACE TO GO AT THE END OF EACH DAY, WAKE UP AT IN THE MORNING, AND WHERE WE CAN FEEL CONTENT AND SECURE. I SIMPLY CAN’T IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT IT MUST BE TO START ONE’S DAY—AND NOT KNOW WHERE THAT DAY IS GOING TO END…

CCEH has completed the search and selection process for performers in it’s first-ever Talent Show in October.

This fundraising event will showcase a variety of talents on October 5th, at the Capitol Center for the Arts’ Bank of New Hampshire Stage. Twelve acts will compete in the October 5th Talent Show, where Judges Choice and a People’s Choice winners will be selected. General admission tickets will be available after the number of sponsorship tickets have been finalized. Sponsorship starts at $250 and includes a ticket to the show and first right to buy a second ticket. For complete individual and business sponsorship opportunities please click here.

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.”

CCEH is thrilled that local celebrity, Rob Azevedo, host of Granite State of Mind on WKXl 103.9 and WMNH 95.3 is donating his time to emcee The Talent Show. Rob said, “Ending Homelessness is a very near and dear mission that he will most definitely help with.”

The Talent Show 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 12 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 (CCEH Board)
  • Beth Mulleavey- Residential Mortgage Originator, St. Mary’s Bank (CCEH Board)
  • 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)
  • Kelly Molloy- Owner, Green Life Wellness
  • Kirk McNeil- Owner, Area 23
  • Laura Scott-Director of Alumni & Dev., NHTI
  • Leslie Fincke- Concord Food Co-op Marketing, (CCEH Board)
  • Michael Hauptly-Pierce- Owner, Lithermans Limited Brewery
  • Pat Bourgault-Operations Manager, Concord Eye Center
  • Paul Hrycuna- Owner Keeler Family Realtors
  • 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
  • Tricia Foisey- Former ED Friendly Kitchen