The Portsmouth NH 400th (PNH400) Management Team is delighted to announce that Kennebunk Savings has made the commitment to be a PNH400 Beacon-level sponsor.

PNH400 Managing Director Valerie Rochon and Community Engagement Officer Susan Labrie explained that the Beacon Sponsor commitment of $10,000 enables operational and logistical planning to advance for the PNH400 signature events including the June 3, 2023 Parade, August 6, 2023 Little Italy Carnival and August 15, 2023 Community Dinner.

Kennebunk Savings Bank Executive Vice President & Managing Director Chris Kehl, commented, “Kennebunk Savings is committed to our Community Promise: we give ten percent of our annual earnings back to nonprofits in our community because when we give back to the community we live in, we all thrive. In our work, we’re empowered to act based on the character of the businesses we serve and strengthen the connections we make by being part of our neighborhoods. It’s not just about the bottom line. Having just celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2021, we appreciate what a milestone 400 years is and what that sustained history means to our Greater Portsmouth neighbors. We are proud to be counted among the Beacon sponsors because we truly believe our example can light the way to a great celebration and a stronger, shared community.”

PNH400 has now confirmed the Lightkeeper Sponsor Bank of America ($50,000), Luminary Sponsor Piscataqua Savings Bank ($25,000) and seven Beacon Sponsors, each at $10,000. PNH400 anticipates several additional sponsorship announcements in the weeks to come at many of the sponsorship tiers. Additionally, individuals and businesses are invited to contribute to this historic celebration by joining the Portsmouth NH 400 Shoalers Club by making a donation of $400, or the 1623 Revolutionaries Club with a donation amount tied to the year of settlement: $1,623.

Special recognition and benefits accompany each tier. Donations may be made at the PNH400 website, and via the online portal on the City website (click on the PNH400 logo at the top of the homepage, Portsmouth NH 400th Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows. Check donations, made out to Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. should be mailed to PNH400 at One Junkins Avenue, Box PNH400, Portsmouth NH 03801.

For more information on sponsorships, donations and other funding opportunities, please contact PNH400 Community Engagement Officer Susan Labrie at

About Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. (

The Portsmouth NH 400th anniversary celebrations are made possible in part thanks to the support of Bank of America, Piscataqua Savings Bank, members of the 400 Shoalers Club and 1623 Revolutionaries Club and additional sponsors and donors. The goal of Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. is to give the community an inclusive opportunity to tell the stories that are important to them, through programs, events, exhibits and legacy projects. Portsmouth NH 400th celebrates the diverse and animated social, political, intellectual, cultural, economic and spiritual history of Portsmouth, from before settlement in 1623 to the present. Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. invites individuals and organizations considering programs and events for the Portsmouth NH 400th Anniversary celebration to join the collaborative effort. A key intention is for the Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. team to engage the next generation(s) in exploring what the City’s 2023 legacy might be and deciding how they might steward Portsmouth and its history beyond 2023.