Tinsel tea raises funds for local food pantry

Thursday, December 18, 2008
The United Methodist Church Bell Choir entertained guests at the annual Tinsel Tea on Saturday. Before their performance, they had the chance to visit with Santa Claus. Pictured on Santa's lap is Lindy Gibson, Standing, from left, are: Marolyn Wood, Annette Henderson, Judie Starchman, Angela Seymour, Lee Assing and Linda Phipps. Absent from the choir were Stacy Runnels and Janice Fohn. Photo by Tru Photography

Over 170 ladies from across the community gathered for the sixth annual Tinsel Tea at the United Methodist Church in Cassville on Saturday.

Due to the event's popularity, more tables were added this year to accommodate more guests. A total of 21 hostesses decorated their tables in holiday styles that ranged from traditional to contemporary.

"We love to have friends, family and especially ladies from other churches join us for this tea as a Christian expression of seasonal joy," said Jo Anne Ellis, who shared the Tinsel Tea with Stacy Runnels.

In addition to providing an opportunity for fellowship, the tea also serves as a fundraiser for the church's food pantry. This year, the event raised nearly $2,400 for the pantry, which provides area families with help during difficult times.

"The pantry, operated by Methodists and members of St. Edwards Catholic Church, plus other members of the community, serves about 60 families a month," said Rev. Lee Porch, who welcomed ladies to the tea and explained the importance of the food pantry. "This number is going up with our economic crisis."

Ladies who attended the tea enjoyed a delicious menu of chicken salad, cranberry salad, bite-sized quiches, fruit, pastries and cheesecake. They were also entertained with a keyboard duet by Linda Phipps and Mary Richmiller, a Christmas medley by the church's Bell Choir, a duet by Angela Seymour and Leslie Smith and a performance by the trio of Phipps, Judie Starchman and Ellis.

"We had such good food and lots of laughs," said Ellis. "We want people to let us know if they would like to attend. We try to accommodate everyone."

Before people were seated at the tea, Marty Coones, owner of Tru Photography in Cassville, donated her time to take the visitors' photos with Santa Claus in return for a donation to the food pantry.

Hostesses for this year's Tinsel Tea included: Heidi Henderson, Sandy Edwards, Stacy Taliaferro, Andrea Beeson, Christy Hermansen, Judie Starchman, Margaret Beeson, Bobbie Lacey, Anne Angle, Patricia Edmondson, Lee Assing, Jill LeCompte, Darla Horner, Tiffany Miner, Megan Cox, Carleen Shanks, Linda Precoda, Linda Phipps, Jo Anne Ellis, Leslie Reed, Cassie Reed, Janet Mills, Marolyn Wood and Leslie Smith.

More pictures from the Tinsel Tea will be published in next week's special Christmas issue of the Cassville Democrat.

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