Afternoon tea and fashion show nets $1,500 for Covenant Hospice

covenant hospice tea fundraiser

Spree and Tea attendees, from left, Casey Moorman, Kacy Kellogg, Dr. Kara Brooks, Jennifer Forehand, Charlotte Smith, Melissa Bracewell, Regina Moorman, center, Addie Brooks, 7, and Madison Forehand, 9, pose before a Churchill Downs backdrop painted by former Laurel Hill School art teacher Sabine Lyons.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

CRESTVIEW — An afternoon of tea and fashion has garnered new volunteers and money for Covenant Hospice.

The annual A Day at the Derby Fashion Spree and Tea on April 27 attracted more than 50 area women, raised $1,600 and recruited Blue Jean Ball fundraiser committee volunteers and a new hostess for next year's tea, organizers said.

Eight women served as tea hostesses, transforming the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall into a tea parlor. Each hostess decorated her table, selected teas and refreshments and served her guests.

Though hostesses also offered donations — some as much as $500 — to Covenant Hospice, fundraising was not the tea's main purpose.

"It's more of a friend-raiser than a fundraiser, because what we're able to do is exponentially reach out to the hostesses' friends and use their connections," Covenant Hospice development manager Jenni Perkins said.

Tea, fashion and hats

The annual Kentucky Derby-themed event was the brainchild of Covenant volunteer Bonnie Grundel.

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