Tea and fashion show helps House of Hope

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By Sarah von Sternberg

Kelly Hall of the Trinity-on-the-Hill Church transformed into a beautifully decorated high tea for women (and men) of all ages Saturday who came to watch a parade of fashions, sip tea and contribute to a local missions group.


The seventh-annual Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser, which is the biggest fundraiser for the House of Hope building group, was able to collect over half of their financial goal from the event.

Between the tickets, silent auction and donations, House of Hope made about $5,000. On top of that, a private donator offered to match, up to a certain amount, the funds raised through the silent auction.

House of Hope builds homes for families in need in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and that requires over $10,000 per home. All of the money goes toward building that home because the builders pay their own room and board while in Juarez.

The classical piano music provided by Joe Cox created the perfect ambiance to mingle with friends, peer at silent auction items and taste a multitude of different teas.

“I think it went very well,” said Nancy Coombs, who helped organize the event overall, including the silent auction. Coombs said, “The people that came said they had a lovely time,” and some were talking about it at church the next day.

Cathy Walters also helped with the silent auction by gathering the creative items for sale. Just a few of the big-ticket items included a river rafting trip, tamale dinners once a month for four months and even an airplane ride.

One tea guest, Mary Beth Stevens, has attended the tea fundraiser every year and especially enjoys the unique fashion show. “I love the idea of a fashion show with all thrift clothes,” Stevens said, as she pointed to her own thrift-inspired outfit.

The fashion show, organized by Claire Singleton, showed off exclusive outfits from The Shop on the Corner and all modeled fashions were available for purchase.

One particular 10-year-old model experienced modeling for the first time on Saturday and seemed to enjoy it. She proudly said, “I have another outfit, so I’m going back up soon.” Jade modeled alongside her mother and three younger sisters.

Understandably, putting together an event like this takes many volunteers. Luckily, the tea and fashion show received plenty of help from House of Hope volunteers, church member and community members.

The hors d’oeuvres and desserts were handmade by volunteers, and Chandra Marsden overall organized the kitchen.

The attentive servers included members from the Los Alamos High School Rotary Key Club, youth from the church and other community members that offered help from word of mouth.

Jeff Favorite, who emceed Saturday’s festivities, invited any and all interested people to join the House of Hope building group.

“For those of us that do it, it’s personally really fulfilling,” said Coombs. She said the House of Hope volunteers gain as much as they give, on a personal and spiritual level, from interacting with the families in Juarez, some of which will cook a meal for the builders even when they have nothing.

To make a donation and help House of Hope reach their goal, visit latoth.org and find the donation button under the “Support Us” tab or call the church office number at 662-5107.