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Holly-ringed plates picturing a mailbox full of goodies and a plump ceramic partridge: It all says the holidays are near. See this table setting and others at “Tea & Trumpets,” a holiday-themed fundraiser presented by the Denton Benefit League.
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Denton Benefit League merges fundraisers in ‘Tea & Trumpets’

The Denton Benefit League decided to merge two off its successful fundraisers in time for the holidays.

“Tea & Trumpets” is a combination of the exhibit of tabletops that the league called “Sensational Settings” and the afternoon teas the league hosted the afternoon of its annual charity ball and the afternoon of “Settings.”

“Last year was the 10th anniversary of ‘Sensational Settings,’” said league president June Berry. “We had an evening event and an afternoon tea. People really appreciated the afternoon tea.”

The afternoon tea drew people who didn’t want to attend the formal ball, including elderly members and children.

League publicity chairwoman and president-elect Sam Bays said the 10-year mark for “Sensational Settings” led the league to muse about the possibility of a new event.

“After you do an event for 10 years, it’s time to try something different,” she said.

At the Dec. 15 event, volunteers and league members will act as table hostesses. They will set tables of eight with their own china and centerpieces, and most of the tables will be set with a holiday theme. Guests will sit, family-style, at the tables for afternoon tea while the Brad Mezei Band, a local jazz trio, plays holiday songs.

“Sensational Settings” presented a broad spectrum of themes — such as a child’s birthday party picnic and bridal shower tables. But “Tea & Trumpets” will present mostly holiday themes, some formal and some casual.

“This might sound formal, but families are welcome,” said Sheryl David, the league’s sixth vice president. “Santa will be there for photos, and we’re raffling a white gold bracelet set with yellow and white gold with diamonds.”

Raffle tickets cost $20 for a single ticket and $50 for three tickets.

All of the proceeds from the tea will go into the league’s community grant fund. The Denton Benefit League is a nonpolitical, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that raises money for philanthropic purposes throughout Denton County. Funds are given through grants announced in November.

The league also promotes volunteerism, with members donating their time and talents to a number of efforts in Denton County for more than 24,000 service hours each year. The league was founded in 1973.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.

TEA & TRUMPETS

What: Denton Benefit League’s afternoon tea with holiday jazz, vendors for holiday shopping, a silent auction, raffle and visits with Santa Claus

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Reservations are due by Sunday.

Where: TWU’s Hubbard Hall, at the northwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive

Details: Tickets cost $35 each, or $75 for patron tickets. For reservations, call Norma Barker at 214-931-3014 by Sunday. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

On the Web: www.dentonbenefitleague.org


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