SOURCE: The Meat House

The Meat House

August 05, 2011 09:00 ET

Dr. Jill Biden Attends The Meat House's Operation: Thank You! Event, Raising Over $23,000 for the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund

The Second Lady Jill Biden Shows Military Appreciation

MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwire - Aug 5, 2011) - The Meat House, a national gourmet butcher shop and grocer, raised over $23,000 at its 8th Annual Operation: Thank You! event at The Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH on July 24th. All of the money raised is donated to the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), which provides quick financial help for military members and their families during times of financial hardship and unforeseeable events.

"We never imagined when we launched this event 8 years ago that it would become what it is today," said Justin Rosberg, founding partner of The Meat House, which has raised over $80,000 for CERF. "The outpouring of support in the community over the past 8 years has been amazing. It means a lot to our troops serving at home and abroad to know how much their sacrifice means to all of us. We at The Meat House are proud to do our part in recognizing the brave men and women who protect our country."

Vice President Joe Biden's wife Dr. Jill Biden joined more than 4,500 military personnel and supporters at the all-day event, accompanied by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, to recognize the military and their families. As a mother who has seen her own son deployed to Iraq, Biden understands how much it means when members of the community offer support. For that reason, she and First Lady Michelle Obama started Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America's service members and their families.

Operation: Thank You! began in 2004 as a way to thank and honor the military and their families for all of their sacrifice. The event keeps with The Meat House's philosophy and tradition of giving back to the military and supporting the communities in which their stores reside. This year The Meat House created the Charitable 11s Program to raise additional funds for CERF. On the 11th of every month since January 2011, The Meat House locations throughout New Hampshire and Maine have collected 11% of sales, raising a total of $24,000 thus far. The donations from Operation: Thank You! and the 11s program will be given to CERF on Veterans Day this year: 11/11/11.

"Operation: Thank You! is just one way of bringing the members of the community together to make a positive impact on the families who have sacrificed so much for our country," said Jason Parent, founding partner of The Meat House. "We set charitable goals across all 28 store locations, sponsoring and raising funds for several community organizations, schools, and charities across the country."

For more information on the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund please visit https://www.nh.ngb.army.mil/support/cerf.

About The Meat House:
Founded in 2003 by lifelong friends Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent, The Meat House is the modern revival of the neighborhood butcher. Based in New Hampshire, with 28 locations in 8 states, The Meat House offers a wide selection of expertly butchered premium meats, poultry, veal, lamb, and pork, prepared proteins, fine cheeses, fresh produce, hearty breads, prepared side dishes, Boar's Head Deli products, delectable desserts and pastries, and other gourmet grocery items. At select locations, The Meat House also carries a wide selection of beer and over 200 varieties of wines from around the world. To learn more, please visit www.TheMeatHouse.com.

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