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High tea, fashion on menu at fundraiser for preschool

By Staff | Apr 17, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Preparing for their first foray onto the “runway” wearing Chico’s fashions at the tea benefit for the Sanibel Christian Preschool are 10 Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission members.

The High Tea and Chico’s Fashion Show, held on April 8 at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, has been deemed fun, delicious, beautiful and, perhaps best of all, a great success.

The sold-out event will benefit students at Sanibel Christian Preschool, an outreach of the church.

The fundraiser was planned and presented by the Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission.

Event chair Sherry Halleran explained that the SCWIM members had workshops rather than meetings. They created or supplied all the charming invitations, decorations and table settings that followed a spring-floral high-tea theme. They made a sumptuous array of tea sandwiches, fruit salad and desserts.

Presented by the original Chico’s shop at Periwinkle Place, the style show featured a wide variety of dressy-casual ensembles like slacks, tops, jackets, dresses and accessories in the latest styles and colors.

The models were Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel, Parish Nurse Linda Convertine and SCWIM members Jill Bugby, Suzanne Gobel, Carol Good, Mollie Lassy, Moon Price, Jane Saghir, Betty Van Tassel and Linda Winn.

The “gentlemen servers” were Dick Arnould, Dave Bugby, Aaron Cohen, Senior Pastor John Danner, Jim Drotleff, Fred Gobel, Neal Halleran, Gene Hardy, Dennis Hayes, Randy Jayne, John McBroom, Dick Lassy, Tom Lisle, Ray Luebbers, Don Maurer, Church Ramseth, Marcel Saghir, Bob Van Tassel and Tom Ware.

Pianist Judy McBroom volunteered to play and Barbara McClure organized a silent auction of jewelry, artwork and other items with proceeds benefiting the preschool. Betty Hayes and Betsy Foreman poured punch for the guests after Judy Baran and Judy Palaia welcomed them and provided name tags.

Prior to the show, Kunkel introduced a brief video of the students singing and dancing to lively tunes. She explained how the event proceeds would benefit the school, including providing scholarships.

For more information, call 239-472-0497 or visit sanibelucc.org.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.