A Royal High Tea was a perfect way for mothers, grandmothers and daughters to spend a lovely afternoon together celebrating Mothers Day a week early.
More than 60 ladies donned their hats and fine attire on Saturday afternoon, May 4, and enjoyed an exquisite royal tea at the historic Coral Gables Woman’s Club. Moms, daughters and friends gathered to partake in yummy tea sandwiches, assorted scones, cream and jam as well as a teas and bubbly.
A short lecture on the history of the royal tea revealed to all that the royal tea was a “Low Tea” not a “High Tea.” Aside for the food and delicious teas served in silver pots, guests enjoyed some opportunities to buy gifts for moms — from lovely hats to a Kendra Scott’s popup collection of jewelry — and a silent auction. Best of all, more than $2,000 made from the event will be directed to the club’s free children’s dental clinic.
The affair was coordinated by club president Arely Ruiz, Iris Segui, Ana Lam and several others contributing to a successful first time event that promises to be an annual affair. Among the many enjoying the day were Mayra Dominguez, who helped with a small silent auction; Valerie Valenzuela, who brought most of her family including little nieces; Marti Bueso with her mom, Linda Hartwell; Dr. Iris Torres Rivera; Barbara Lapsley; Jessenia Francisco Christian Burns, and Kim Davison. They even set up a special table for the little ones.
In other news, on Sunday, Apr. 28, lots of folks enjoyed Porch with George held at the historic home of George Merrick. At the event, members of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Conservation Committee, chaired by Kim Davison, manned a table for the club. Kim and her committee, including the club’s Crime Watch chair Ana Lam, have come up with many ways to recycle and re-purpose items.
One such endeavor was re-purposing T-shirts and making no sew tote bags which she had on display at the event. It is always great to have those in your car when shopping to save on use of plastic bags which, of course, are banned in Coral Gables.
Another great Gringo Bingo night was held on May 7, hosted by Clutch Burger and coordinated by Coral Gables Woman’s Club in cooperation with some other participating General Federation of Women’s Club Florida District 11 Clubs. This month’s fundraiser benefited Operation Smile, which is the GFWC FL President’s Project that funds cleft palate surgeries. These monthly events help raise funds for a different charity every month thanks to the generosity of Clutch Burgers’ Ana and Steven Bradley.
Admission is $25 and includes a specialty drink, appetizers and lots of fun with guest DJ Germain providing music. You get six game cards for $5 and a chance to win some amazing prizes throughout the evening. An extra $10 gets you unlimited specialty drinks while beer and wine are $5 each. All the card sales go directly to charity thanks to Clutch Burger. Next up will be an event to benefit one of Coral Gables Rotary’s International Committee projects — goats for families in a small Haitian village. RSVP is a must as space is limited. To reserve, call 305-968-3090.
The annual South Florida Firefighters Calendar Luncheon brought a crowd of almost 400 women to Jungle Island on Apr. 25 for an extremely entertaining show during which South Florida firefighters strutted their stuff on the runway to compete to be in the 2020 calendar and collected dollars for charity with proceeds benefiting the UM Burn Center and A Safe Haven for Newborns. Safe Haven’s VIP table of women included several from the Coral Gables Woman’s Club and Home Financing Center including Marti Bueso, Arely Ruiz, Valerie Valenzuela, Scarlet Colson, and Ana Hedman.
Until next time, keep making each day count.