Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Quahog Challenge Enters Fourth Year

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Sat, Jul 21, 2018 @ 07:15 AM
Sea Dog Brew PubSea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth is one of several restaurants that will compete in next month’s Cape Cod Quahog Challenge. 

For the first time in its four-year history, a new champion will be crowned at next month’s Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis.

Over the past three years, Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham has won the coveted title of tastiest stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod, but the restaurant will not be returning to defend its title. The restaurant’s owner, Nathan Nickerson, and head chef, Susan Buckley, promised that if Arnold’s won three years in a row, they would step aside to give others a chance.

That leaves room for several restaurants in the region to win this year’s prize, including Cape Tip Seafood Market of Truro which came in second place in 2017.

Also returning to compete are Fresh Ketch in Hyannis; Portside Tavern in Hyannis; Sea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth; and Trader Ed’s. Joining them are two newcomers, the BaHa Brothers Sandbar Grill in Taunton, as well as Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis.

Restaurants interested in competing can contact HAC’s Event and Resource Development Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or at 508-771-5400, ext. 270.

“The quahog challenge is one of my favorite events of the summer,” said Bussiere. “You get to taste incredible quahog recipes from some of the best chefs on the Cape.”

Along with sampling locally-made stuffies, attendees will get to taste free samples of Polar Cave Ice Cream, free Narragansett Beer for those 21 and over, and enjoy live music from Four Guys Cape Cod. 

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Tags: Deanna Bussiere, fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, HAC Events, Quahog, Quahog Challenge, Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, Trader Ed's

Compete in HAC's Quahog Challenge

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

 

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For the fourth straight year, HAC is searching for the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

If you're a chef or a restaurant owner who thinks you have the perfect stuffie recipe, then contact HAC Event Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270 to compete in this year's Quahog Challenge.

The competition takes place on Sunday, August 5, 1-4 pm, at Trader Ed's in Hyannis. Tickets are $30 per person ($35 at the door) and $5 per person for those 10 and under. Click this link to purchase tickets.

Funds raised will go to benefit HAC's housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Tags: Deanna Bussiere, fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, HAC Events, Quahog, Quahog Challenge, Hyannis, Trader Ed's

HAC Seeks Recipients for Harwich Big Fix

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

 

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Since 2010, the Big Fix has been to eight towns on Cape Cod. On Saturday, September 22, 2018, HAC’s annual fundraiser will next come to Harwich in an effort to help those in need in that Lower Cape community.

HAC is currently seeking recipients for the Big Fix. The event typically sees roughly 200 volunteers come out to make small home repairs for income-eligible veterans, seniors and disabled homeowners in one town on the Cape each fall.

“The idea of the Big Fix is to help people most in need do the basic maintenance on their home that they can’t do themselves and don’t have the income to keep up themselves,” said David Quinn, HAC’s assistant director of Housing Development.

Last year’s Big Fix was Quinn’s first “and it happened to be the biggest one we’ve ever done,” with a record 340 volunteers assisting 18 homeowners in Falmouth.

“It was really amazing for the community to come out and rally around all of these homeowners,” Quinn said. “A lot of them were smiling and a lot of them were in disbelief. They couldn’t believe their neighbors and complete strangers were willing to come out and help them in such an enthusiastic way.”

Harwich homeowners who are either veterans, seniors or disabled can apply to be a recipient by clicking this link.

Hard copies of applications can be found at the Brooks Free Library at 793 Main Street; the Harwich Community Center at 100 Oak Street; the Harwich Chamber of Commerce at 1 School House Road; Hands of Hope Outreach Center at 49 Route 28; and the Family Pantry of Cape Cod at 133 Queen Anne Road.

The deadline to apply to be a recipient of the Big Fix is Friday, June 1. Those with questions can contact HAC’s Project Coordinator Romy Maimon at rmaimon@haconcapecod.org or at 508-771-5400, ext. 103.

Those interested in volunteering or forming a fundraising team for the Big Fix can email volunteer@haconcapecod.org. To become a Big Fix sponsor, email Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org

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Tags: volunteers, fundraiser, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers, charitable giving, Falmouth Big Fix, Harwich, David Quinn, Harwich Big Fix

Bowlers Have a Ball Supporting HAC

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 02:14 PM
Wood Lumber Bowling-18 (Champs).jpgWood Lumber Company repeated as champions at HBRACC's Bowling for Beds Fun-Raiser earlier this month. 

For the fourth straight year, HAC teamed up with the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC) to help raise funds for our housing programs as part of the annual Bowling for Beds Fun-Raiser at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro in Mashpee Commons at the beginning of this month.

A total of 20 teams, representing companies in the building and construction trades as well as the banking industry, came together for a night of fun and spirited competition. A portion of the proceeds raised went to support HAC.

Wood Lumber Company of Falmouth repeated as champions with Shepley Wood Products in Hyannis and Falmouth Lumber coming in second and third, respectively.

Diane Pratt, the executive officer for HBRACC, called the partnership between HAC and her organization “a natural fit, as both of our agencies are involved with providing homes to residents on Cape Cod… As part of our civic responsibility, we believe in partnering with other nonprofit agencies whose missions are closely aligned with ours.” 

Coastal Engineering Bowling-18.jpgAmong the teams returning for the 4th Annual Bowling for Beds Fun-Raiser was Coastal Engineering which made it to this year's finals. To view more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page (click here)

Tags: fundraiser, Home Builders & Remoders Association of Cape Cod, HBRACC, Bowling for Beds, Diane Pratt, Wood Lumber, Lanes Bowl & Bistro

Marstons Mills Second Grader Spreads Joy to Kids in Shelter

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 11:49 AM
Jacob Rosell Photo-1-1.jpgDawn Rosell with her son Jacob, who collected several boxes full of toys, books and stuffed animals for children in HAC's shelters. 

Inside Dawn Rosell’s car was a trunk full of Dr. Seuss books, puzzles, board games and stuffed animals. It was every child’s dream though her own son, Jacob, decided he would rather give them to someone in need rather than keep them for himself.

“I like helping other people,” was his explanation when he dropped off those donations to HAC in the middle of last month. Over the course of two weeks, the West Villages Elementary School second grader collected more than six boxes of books and toys and two bags of stuffed animals that will be given to children in HAC’s family shelters.

His mother said Jacob was motivated to organize the drive following a Fun Run at his school to raise funds for playground equipment. “He decided he wanted to do something here in our community,” she said. “It was very inspiring to me. It makes me feel so proud that he wanted to do something to help other kids and people in need.”

Tags: Family Shelter, fundraiser, charitable giving

Home Builders Association Goes Bowling for HAC

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 04:59 PM
DSC_1952 - Copy-1.jpgAmong the teams that returned for this year’s Bowling for Beds fundraiser was Shepley Wood Products. On the sleeves of their shirts were the words, “Vinny’s Team” in honor of  Daniel Vincent, a 15-year Shepley employee who passed away in a car crash at the end of January.

For the third straight year, local banks, builders, architects and building supply companies came together for a night of bowling to benefit HAC.

Organized by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC), the Bowling for Beds event was held at the beginning of last month at The Lanes Bowl and Bistro in Mashpee Commons, bringing together 20 teams vying for the right to be called the best. That honor went to Wood Lumber Company of Falmouth, which took home the top prize, besting Beacon Marine Construction of Mashpee, and Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans, which took home second and third, respectively.

Together, they helped raise more than $4,300 that went to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands. “Our mission is to support homeownership on Cape Cod and its trade members, through legislative, educational, business and civic endeavors,” said Christine Duren, executive officer of HBRACC. “And what better way to demonstrate our members’ commitment to making homeownership and safe, quality shelter accessible to all than supporting the good works of HAC.”

Tags: fundraiser, Philanthropy, Home Builders & Remoders Association of Cape Cod, HBRACC, Bowling for Beds, Christine Duren

Trivia Night in Dennis

Posted by HAC Staff on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

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Test your knowledge against other trivia buffs this Friday, October 21, from 6 to 9:30 pm at The Sea View in Dennis Port, all to support a great cause. The event will go to benefit FORWARD (Friends Or Relatives With Autism & Related Disabilities) which is partnering with HAC to build housing for adults with developmental disabilities on 4.9 acres of land in Dennis.

Tickets for Friday's Trivia Night are $50 per person and both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up. Team prizes will be awarded for first place ($500), second place ($200) and third place ($100). Food is included as part of the event which will also feature a silent and live auction.

To purchase tickets online, click this link. You can also purchase tickets by making a check out to F.O.R.W.A.R.D., P.O. Box 1174, South Dennis, MA 02660. For more information, call 508-385-4664.

Tags: fundraiser, FORWARD at the Rock, trivia night

DYECH Approaches Major Milestone

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 05:10 PM

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Success does not happen overnight. And neither does change. But the Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Prevention of Homelessness (DYECH) has achieved both through a commitment to helping those most in need on Cape Cod.

The council, now in its 23rd year of existence, is closing in on a major milestone that directly impacts HAC clients: $1.5 million raised for the agency’s Project Prevention program, which provides short-term financial assistance for those at risk of homelessness.

A portion of the funds DYECH raises comes from relatively small, meaningful fundraisers like these upcoming ones:

  • Big Band Concert on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 pm at St. Pius X Life Center at 21 Barbara Street in Yarmouth. The concert is free and there will be a good-will offering.
  • The 99 Restaurant at 14 Berry Avenue, West Yarmouth, will be donating a portion of your check to DYECH on Thursday, October 13 from 11:30 am to 9 pm. You must present your server with this flier in order to participate in the fundraiser.

These are fun, simple ways you can help DYECH reach its fundraising milestone, all while ensuring your neighbors on Cape Cod can remain in their homes.

Tags: DYECH, Project Prevention, fundraiser

Quahogs for a Cause

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:49 AM
Quahog_Challenge_with_Doug_4.jpgSusan Buckley, head chef at Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, proudly holds this year's Quahog Challenge trophy, as she is joined by her coworkers, including Arnold's owner Nathan Nickerson (left).  

When chef Susan Buckley of Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar took home top honors for the second straight year in HAC’s 2nd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis, she was joined by her older brother David who lives in Wilmington, Vermont. Their mother wasn’t there, but the pair still made sure she took part in the celebration.

“It was so funny. The minute they called my name, he called my 91-year-old mother to tell her I won,” Buckley laughed. “They were all screaming. I come from a rather close family.”

Joining Buckley in the winner’s circle was HAC volunteer Ron Winner whose team, Shepley’s Stuffers, once again was the crowd favorite in the amateur category. There were a total of nine entrants in this year’s challenge, which seeks to find the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

Arnold’s has won the first two years of the competition, bringing additional attention to the popular Eastham restaurant. “A guy came in and said he had to try one of them. So he sat and ate it and afterwards, he said, ‘Susie, I see why you won two years in a row. That’s the best stuffie I have ever had in my life,’” she said.

While she welcomes the exposure the quahog challenge brings to the restaurant, Buckley understands the real reward is the good the event does for the community. This year, the challenge raised nearly $20,000 to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod. “The best part is that the proceeds go to help unfortunate people,” in the community, she said. “I feel good about that. It is the icing on the cake.”

Click this link to learn more about HAC's Quahog Challenge. 

Tags: fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Quahog Challenge, Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar

HAC's Inaugural Cape Cod Quahog Challenge a Success

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:21 AM
describe the imageNathan Nickerson (from left) and Susan Buckley of Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar celebrate their win with Kenny Mansbach and Ron Winner of Shepley Wood Products who took home top honors in the amateur category. 

There is an adage that procrastination is the enemy of success, but that concept was flipped on its head when Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar came away with the top prize at HAC’s inaugural Cape Cod Quahog Challenge.

The popular Eastham clam shack was the last entrant, signing up less than a week before the challenge where they joined seven other area restaurants competing for bragging rights to determine who makes the best stuffed quahog on Cape Cod. Apparently, that was more than enough time for the restaurant’s chef Susan Buckley to prepare her entry – aptly named Susie’s Stuffies - which attendees voted as their favorite on the first Sunday in August.

“We have a great product, but so do the other restaurants here… It’s really not about whether you win or lose, although it doesn’t hurt to win,” said Arnold’s owner Nathan Nickerson before he talked about the underlying importance of the event. “It is wonderful the programs that HAC has that help people get into housing. They do a great job and it is a great organization.”

“It is always important to give back to the community,” added John Shea, owner of Trader Ed’s in Hyannis, which not only hosted the event, but competed in it.

The setting overlooking Hyannis Harbor on a sunny summer day was ideal for the public to sample stuffed quahogs made by some of the top chefs on Cape Cod. The event was made even more festive with live music provided by Four Guys Cape Cod and appearances by Santa Claus, Cape Cod Country’s lobster mascot, Doug the Quahog, and radio personality Ralphie Marino.

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Over $10,000 was raised from ticket sales, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and sales of T-shirts that will go to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

HAC’s event coordinator Deanna Bussiere conceived of the idea with HAC’s director of communications and development Julie Wake and volunteer Ron Winner of Shepley Wood Products – he entered the competition with his coworker Kenny Mansbach, winning the amateur title – earlier this year after the three had seved a meal at the NOAH Shelter. “It was a wonderful way to celebrate a regional cuisine, highlight the great restaurants and chefs on Cape Cod and use it all as a means to give back to the community,” said Bussiere.

2015 QUAHOG CHALLENGE COMPETITORS

Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar (Eastham)

The Improper Bostonian (Dennis Port)

Lost Dog Pub (Dennis)

O'Shea's Olde Inn (West Dennis)

Pilot House Restaurant (Sandwich)

Red Face Jack's Pub & Sports Bar (Yarmouth)

Shepley's Stuffers (Hyannis)

Spanky's Clam Shack (Hyannis)

Trader Ed's (Hyannis)

PROFESSIONAL CHAMPION: Arnold's 

AMATEUR CHAMPION: Shepley's Stuffers

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Shepley Wood Products

Tags: fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Shepley Wood Products, Quahog Challenge, Ron Winner