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What a dish

League celebrates 10 years of ‘Sensational Settings’

Over the last 10 years, people have streamed through a dining room at the Denton Country Club to check out table settings — some casual, some conceptual and some formal — designed by individual volunteers, Denton County businesses and nonprofits.

June Berry, the president-elect of the Denton Benefit League, said the event has steadily helped the league fund agencies and organization that provide human services, education and more for people in the county.

The league’s major fundraiser is the charity ball held each spring. The “Sensational Settings” fundraiser came from a member’s suggestion.

“This was started by Polly Diebel, a longtime member of the league, after she’d seen an event like this somewhere else,” Berry said. “It was her suggestion that inspired all of this.”

This year’s event will include an afternoon English tea from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday and then “A Royal Affair” from 6 to 8 p.m. the same day at the country club.

Even with certain tables laden with fine china and fresh flowers, “Sensational Settings” is a laidback fundraiser. All patrons do is buy a ticket and then study the table settings. This year’s theme, “A Royal Affair,” will surely include tables fit for ambassadors and dignitaries, but it will just as likely include tables set for children’s birthday parties, picnics and maybe even guys planning a hunting trip.

“No, there are no specific settings required,” Berry said. “The volunteers just use the theme and create a table setting. Some tables are all about the centerpieces or the cutlery. Other tables are really about the place settings.”

The Denton Benefit League raises money and provides volunteers to Denton County nonprofits serving arts, education, medical and human service needs.

Tickets for the afternoon tea cost $35 each, or $75 per patron ticket. Tickets for the evening event cost $40 each, or $75 per patron ticket. A cash bar will be open.

The Denton Country Club is located at 1213 Country Club Road.

For tickets, call Alice Masciarelli at 940-321-9446.

— Lucinda Breeding