While the heavens opened up on Saturday to produce rain and gloom, the atmosphere inside the Olcott Fire Hall was warm and inviting. 150 people came to tea to raise money for the American Cancer Society and were surprised to find trees, flowers and arches in the middle of the hall, thanks to Colleen Gaskill and crew and lots of foliage from Stedman’s Nursery. It was our own “Secret Garden” and will be talked about endlessly over the next few days, I’m sure. The Community Tea Ladies, who are renowned for elegant charity teas at the Van Horn Mansion, moved to the fire hall to bring in more money for the Relay For Life. Coming up with fine china, sterling silverware and linens for an extra 60 guests didn’t stop these amazing hostesses from bringing a touch of elegance to those who came out to support the fight against cancer. I am in complete awe of what they do and how they do it. Donna Aiken’s beautiful harp music was the perfect background for the angels at work.
It is hard to adequately thank people who never look for thanks! A the end of the day, surrounded by stacks of china and silver and tired volunteers, it is easy to get choked up over what was accomplished. To those who gave their time, energy and talent (oh, and dishes and cookies, too) to this event, I offer heartfelt thanks and admiration. Coming together for a cause is a sweet partnership we all benefit from and we are richer for having enlarged our circle of friends and “angels.” Bless you all for your caring and compassion for others; I am honored and humbled to be a little part of it.
To all the guests who braved the rain, bought tickets of every color, and spent the afternoon with us, we say “Thank You.” We don’t have the final dollar total just yet, but we raised a lot of money and the cancer survivors in the crowd know just how important that is. There were lots of hugs and smiles free for the taking, another extra blessing.
To all the very tired and worn out volunteers… may you find sweet dreams and refreshing sleep after your labors. Time to hang up your halos and get some sleep. You deserve it!