OGDEN -- Women in Northern Utah are invited to the fifth annual Celebrating Women Tea, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 12 at the Timbermine Restaurant, 1701 Park Blvd., in Ogden.
Those who attend the $20-a-seat event will receive an offering of an assortment of teas, tea sandwiches, petit desserts and decaffeinated beverages as well as a fresh rose provided by Posy Place.
Also at the event, those who have made a difference in the lives of others will be honored with a rose dedicated in their behalf.
To dedicate a rose in someone's honor, make a donation in any amount to Your Community Connection before the end of the month. Honorees also will receive a card in the mail telling them of the recognition.
Previously hosted by Saint Benedict's Foundation, organizers are hoping the same women who have made the event a tradition in the past will attend again this year. Your Community Connection and United Way will sponsor next Saturday's tea.
"St. Benedict's Foundation felt it was time for a nonprofit organization to sponsor the tea, so it can use the proceeds to generate some needed income," said Yvonne Coiner, executive director of the foundation. "YCC has been working very hard to put together a successful and enjoyable event, and we want people to attend to find out more about the wonderful work they do in our community."
This week, Jeanne Hall, a former member of the St. Benedict's Foundation board, acknowledged the contribution the sisters have made to the community, the event's transfer and the work YCC does by making a donation in an undisclosed amount to YCC from herself and her husband, Alan Hall.
The donation was made in the names of each of the sisters and Coiner.
YCC's mission is to help women find a safe shelter for themselves and their children, and to work toward becoming self-sufficient to provide a better future for their families, Coiner said.
"The United Way will also provide additional volunteers and to help YCC in its fund-raising efforts. The United Way has participated in this event in the past."
YCC is a United Way affiliated agency.
"They do a wonderful job in the community, and we are proud to be partners with them in carrying on this rose tea that we will continue to hold as an annual event," said Robert Hunter, United Way president.
He said he has been associated with the Sisters of St. Benedict for almost 40 years.
"We've made a commitment that we will treat all of the funds and fundraisers with the same loving care that the sisters have, and with the mind set that the sisters are to be appreciated every year for all of the things they have done in the past to raise funds for the community," Hunter said.
The Sisters of St. Benedict have given their blessing to carry on with this event.
Benedictine Sister Danile Knight, a St. Benedict spokeswoman, said YCC is deserving and in need of funds that will be raised by the event.
"We felt it was time to turn the event over to YCC," Knight said. "They do so much, and they really need the money."
"YCC is a domestic violence, rape crisis center that also provides child care to help clients so they can go to court, go to medical appointments, find jobs and attend or do other things to get their lives in order," said Julie Smith, YCC executive director. "We also have transitional housing for our homeless clients. Most of our clients are victims of domestic violence, but all of them must be homeless for transitional housing."
YCC has been one program St. Benedict's Foundation has a history of sponsoring.
"St. Benedict's has been generous in donating to our child care program so that we can afford to take care of the children to allow the mothers to straighten out their lives and become self-sufficient," Smith said. "We feel very fortunate that they thought of us to take over the tea to help us with what we do to try to help families in crisis in the community."
To dedicate a rose and attend the dedication tea call Your Community Connection at 801-689-1703. The deadline for luncheon reservations is Wednesday.