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They’re still being great for Nate in Portsmouth

Fund-raisers set for Thursday, Monday

By Jim McGaw
Posted 9/30/20

PORTSMOUTH — Be Great for Nate is holding two fund-raisers this week and next.

The nonprofit, formed after the suicide of 15-year-old Portsmouth High School Nathan Bruno in February …

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They’re still being great for Nate in Portsmouth

Fund-raisers set for Thursday, Monday

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PORTSMOUTH — Be Great for Nate is holding two fund-raisers this week and next.

The nonprofit, formed after the suicide of 15-year-old Portsmouth High School Nathan Bruno in February 2018, will host its second annual Sunset Cruise and Wine Tasting on Thursday, Oct 1.

Attendees will meet at 5 Marina Plaza on Goat Island, Newport, to take a 90-minute sail on Newport Harbor aboard the schooner Aurora.

“We did this last year, and it can fit 67,” said Steven Peterson, executive director of the nonprofit. “With their governor’s allowance, we can do 40 on the boat. You go on with your mask, and then you sit with your group and take off your mask. We’ll be doing wine tasting in disposable cups, lots of hand sanitizer, and there will be packaged food that people can grab — cheese and crackers and stuff like that.”

Although fewer people are allowed on the boat at a time, the organization will be able to accommodate even more riders this year.

“Instead of doing one, we’re doing two,” Mr. Peterson said. “We sold out last time, so we don’t want people to miss out. We’re doing two sails that night — 4 o’clock and 6 o’clock. There are still some seats available, through our website.” 

Tickets, at $65 each, can be reserved by visiting BG4N.org.

Be Great for Nate is also holding its first golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 5, at the Jamestown Golf Course. The start time is 9 a.m.

The $80 registration fee — go to the website to sign up — includes golf carts, a box lunch, prizes for top three teams, a silent auction and raffle. There will also be a cash bar.

“Usually we do a Be Great for Nate Night, in June, around Nathan’s birthday,” said Mr. Peterson. “That’s a pretty big fund-raiser, but we weren’t able to do it this year; we just wouldn’t have been able to pull it off with social distancing. But with this golf tournament, it works — it’s social distancing all the way through.”

He said the organization hopes the golf tournament will become an annual event.

Next week we will delve deeper into what Be Great for Nate and Every Student Initiative (ESI) have been up lately, including a chat with Hailey Pratt, the new president of ESI.

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