St. Germaine Silver Tea to raise funds for kids at-risk

Tickets are on sale for the 33rd annual St. Germaine Children’s Charity Holiday Silver Tea, 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13 at an estate in the Muirlands area.

Approximately 400 guests are expected to tour the festively decorated home and partake of traditional tea sandwiches and cookies, coffee, tea and wine, while mingling and bidding on an array of auction items. Proceeds will help St. Germaine raise money for local child abuse prevention programs.

“While each Silver Tea is at a different location (each year), our goal is the same. Every cent we raise is donated to our grant recipients who help make a positive difference in the lives of children who have suffered the nightmare of living with abuse or neglect,” said Wendy Neri, St. Germaine president.

Grant recipients include Angels Foster Family Network, Armed Services YMCA, Aseltine School, Casa de Amparo, Hannah’s House, New Haven Youth and Family Services, Nile Sisters Development Initiative, North County Lifeline, Voices for Children and Walden Family Services.

This year’s chair, Diana Carolina, is CEO and founder of Azzurra Capri, a fashion brand born in San Diego and inspired by the enchanting isle of Capri, Italy. She is joined by a committee of more than 30 women who oversee planning and contribute monetarily to the event. Additional financial support comes from underwriters including Donald and Taunya Daley, Jr.

More than 50 prizes will be auctioned including accommodations in Kauai, $500 gift certificate from Bower’s Jewelers, two-night stay at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, sailing and golf packages, gifts for children, designer handbags, and hotel accommodations at local resorts and inns. Raffle tickets are sold for $20 each, three for $50 or eight for $100.

Each prize in the silent auction will have a starting price and guests can place bids or purchase the item for the listed price.

A part of the silent auction for the third year is “Trees for Tots,” which showcases four-foot-tall holiday trees, decorated to be one-of-a-kind by Adelaide’s, Bloomers Flowers, Cos Bar La Jolla, Girard Avenue Collection/Shannon Turner, Green Gardens Nursery, PINDLER/Maureen Beinbrink, Anseth Richards/Creative Occasions, Layla Khuri, Kravet-Fabric and Furnishings, Ross Thiele & Son, and Laura McDonald Designs.

Two restaurants are making significant contributions: Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering is donating six cases of white wine and Extroadinary Desserts is donating 200 specialty desserts.

In addition, members of two local chapters of the National Charity League, Seaside and San Diego, will make more than 2,000 cookies for the Silver Tea. The National Charity League (NCL) members are San Diego girls in grades 7-12. NCL’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

“I am so appreciative of the tremendous community support,” said chair Carolina. “So far, underwriters have contributed more than $35,000 and members and businesses have brought in amazing auction prizes that would make wonderful holiday gifts that benefit a very worthy cause. We are right on track and we hope to reach our goal of raising at least $100,000.”

Since 1984, St. Germaine Children’s Charity has contributed more than $4 million to the fight against child abuse. Tickets to the Silver Tea are $85 at stgermainechildrenscharity.org

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