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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - La-TEA-Da High Tea Seeks Contributors, Volunteers

La-TEA-Da High Tea Seeks Contributors, Volunteers
Fundraiser for families affected by cancer has a few tickets left

Leelanau La-TEA-Da High Tea organizers, whose mission is to support families in Leelanau County affected by cancer, announce they only have a few tickets remaining for the fourth annual high tea charity fund-raiser – but it is not too late to contribute or volunteer.

The La-TEA-Da High Tea will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Black Star Farms. In addition to donations from sponsors and ticket sales for the tea, funds will be raised through a “Chinese Auction,” featuring a huge gift basket of local merchandise. Additionally, a hat celebration is planned to add femininity, fun, and whimsy to the spirit of a traditional British High Tea.

“We encourage women attending to use creativity with their hats, though wearing of a hat is strictly voluntary,” said Diane Pare’, event co-chair.

La-TEA-Da High Tea partners with the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation to distribute the funds received from this event. Through community support, the Leelanau Cancer Fund assists cancer patients who need help paying for basic necessities such as gas, food, pharmacy, and utilities. All profits from the tea help Leelanau families. More than 75 people have been helped since the fund started in 2010. Community residents have helped raise $60,000 in three years.

Many of the committee members say they were inspired to work on the tea because they had fought their own battles with cancer or have had friends and family members who have struggled with cancer. “We are honored to do what we can to help those in our community with cancer breathe a little easier, knowing they aren’t alone,” Pare’ said.

The event will be in the grand tradition of a formal British high tea, which will seat about 150 women at tables designed by volunteer table champions featuring the finest china, silver, linens and centerpieces. Several young people from various areas of Leelanau County served the tea to participants in 2012.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time may contact Pare’ at (231) 271-2030 or Marti Paquette at (231) 256-7364.