ESSA reaps benefits from Silver Tea

Friday, December 21, 2012
Lucilla Garrett, president of ESSA's Board of Directors, and Peggy Kjelgaard, executive director, accept a check for $2,030 from Suzanne Tourtelot, St. James Episcopal Church Silver Tea chairwoman. Garrett and Kjelgaard plan to use the money to improve safety at the school.

The 46th Silver Tea, held Dec. 6 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, resulted in $2,030 being raised for Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Besides assisting ESSA, the tea provided a festive kick-off to Eureka Springs' ongoing Christmas celebrations.

The Crystal Dining Room, vibrantly decorated for the holidays, hosted approximately 250 guests who enjoyed visiting with friends and partaking of cookies, tea sandwiches and beverages served from heirloom silver pieces. Refreshments were provided by the churchwomen and representatives from ESSA.

The tea is put on each year by the women of St. James' Episcopal Church as an outreach to the community. Chairwoman for 2012 Suzanne Tourtelot announced the total amount raised and added, "We are pleased to assist ESSA and wish to thank all who attended the event and generously supported the mission of ESSA. As always we are grateful to the management and staff of the Crescent Hotel for their efforts and to Elise Roenigk for the providing the venue."

Through the years, the St. James' Episcopal Churchwomen have raised thousands of dollars for county non-profit organizations, most recently St. John's Hospice Care, the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library, the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter, ECHO, and the Salvation Army. The Silver Tea is traditionally held on the first Thursday in December.

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