PORTSMOUTH — One of the biggest questions faced by nonprofit agencies like the Chase Home is how to address gaps in their respective budgets, which is generally answered through fundraising events.

Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said its fifth annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting on Tuesday underscores harsh realities.

“We are mandated to address the needs of youth and families in crisis, and we are underfunded,” she said. “It is a reality we face every day.”

Taking place Nov. 13 at the Atlantic Grill in Rye, the fundraising goal is $50,000. Describing this as “admittedly ambitious,” Jennifer Desrosiers, who serves on the Chase Home board and is the owner of Laney & Lu in Exeter, cited a sense of urgency.

“To ensure we meet current needs and build a platform for future sustainability, we need to engage the community and get people to feel like this is their Chase Home,” she said. “We are meeting critical complex social needs within vulnerable populations."

In addition to wine, chocolate and appetizers, the event will feature silent and live auctions. Proceeds will support programs and services provided by the Chase Home to at-risk youth and families in crisis.

Major sponsors for the event include Kennebunk Savings and Meredith Village Savings Bank with additional support from nearly a dozen other organizations and individuals. Many event sponsors are new to the Chase Home, including Northeast Delta Dental.

Expressing appreciation for “all those who support the Chase Home,” Wheeler added, “Gaps in our budget are youth in crisis. By working together, we can eliminate these gaps now and take steps to reduce them in the future.”

The Wine & Chocolate Tasting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The Atlantic Grill is at 5 Pioneer Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Tickets may be securely purchased through Monday, Nov. 12 at www.chasehome.org.