LA JOLLA — Dec. 9, St. Germaine Children’s Charity hosted the 31st annual Silver Tea at a private estate in La Jolla. Ticket sales, donations and the auction raised almost $120,000.
During the three hours, members welcomed 430 volunteers and guests to tour the traditional California-style home decorated in holiday trim, enjoyed tea sandwiches, cookies and refreshments and bid on more than 70 auction items. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local Child Abuse Prevention Programs selected as St. Germaine’s 2015 Grant Recipients.
“We are really pleased with the turn out,” said Wendy Neri, president of St. Germaine Children’s Charity. “More guests attended and we raised more than we have in the past two years. I think our success this year is mainly due to our lovely featured home and the dedication of our Silver Tea committee.”
This year’s Silver Tea Co-chairs, Nicole Brown and Stephanie LaBrucherie, were joined by a committee of more than 40 local women who oversaw the planning and contributed monetarily to the event. Committee members coordinated every element of the Tea including designing the invitation, making tea sandwiches and cookies, coordinating refreshments and home décor and securing donations.
More than 70 prizes were auctioned including deluxe accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, designer handbags, and wine tastings. Guests bid on silent auction items and purchased raffle tickets. Silent auction items were sold for a purchase price or guests placed bids starting from a set price.
In its second year as part of the silent auction, the ‘Trees for Tots’ program showcased miniature holiday trees, approximately 3 feet tall, uniquely decorated by local merchants. Each tree featured decorations and ornaments that reflect the merchants’ style. Additional financial support for the event came from underwriters including Donald Daley Jr. and Tauny Daley, Diane Hollingsworth and The Lyman Family Foundation.
“Stephanie and I are so appreciative of the tremendous community and member support,” said Nicole Brown, co-chair of the 2014 Silver Tea. “While we host educational events throughout the year, the Silver Tea is our organization’s largest and main fundraising event. Its success determines the money we are able to give programs that help stop child abuse and neglect.”
Beginning in March 2015, dozens of local child abuse prevention programs will be evaluated by St. Germaine’s Philanthropy Committee to determine the 2015 Grant Recipients. In June, the organization will host its Annual Awards Luncheon and announce the 2015 Grant Recipients. The selected programs and organizations will receive the monies raised from the Silver Tea.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity 2014 grant recipients were: Angels Foster Family Network, Armed Services YMCA San Diego, Aseltine School, Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies, Casa de Amparo, Hannah’s House, New Haven Youth & Family Services, San Diego Police Foundation, SAY San Diego Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center, St. Vincent de Paul, STAR/PAL, The Children’s Initiative and Walden Family Services.