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

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

"When you use nice china, whether it be old or new, you get the sense that you need to be gentle and slow in your movements and actions," she said. "Your conversation tends to follow suit."

A Churchill Downs backdrop, painted by former Laurel Hill School art teacher Sabine Lyons, helped set the theme.

As the women sipped tea and nibbled sandwiches and baked goods, volunteer models paraded Red Raspberry Boutique’s spring fashions.

"One of my favorite charities is Covenant Hospice,” boutique owner Donna Howard said. “I have personally seen their dedication in providing compassionate care to patients and their loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses." 

Hannah Bray, 5, won an award for wearing the best hat.

Grundel and her co-hostess, Delilah Lewis, won the best table décor award for their cherub vase with greenery, 19th-century china and tea served from an antique teacart.

"The wonderful thing about this event is it's a nice, quiet intimate time," Perkins said. "We ... get to know each other better and have those meaningful conversations you can't have at bigger, louder events."

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