OGDEN -- Top of Utah residents have an opportunity to not only honor memorable women in their lives but also to help women in desperate situations rise above.
A donation of any amount, from now until Mother's Day, will get a special card sent to a woman the donor believes deserves recognition and a rose dedicated in her honor at a special event.
And 100 percent of the donation will go to women who are rebuilding their lives after violent domestic situations and those using other programs of Your Community Connection.
YCC's Rose Tea is set for 11:30 a.m. May 11, the day before Mother's Day, at Timbermine Restaurant and Steak House, 1701 Park Blvd. The event is the culmination of a rose dedication fundraiser that began this month.
"Women are helping other women," said Lynzee Ouellette, special events coordinator at YCC.
She said the much-needed fundraiser brings in money to help women find a way out of their situations.
Julee Smith, YCC executive director, told a story of transformation related by a woman at another YCC event.
"At the time she came to us, she felt that she was worthless," Smith said. "She didn't feel like she had a future."
Smith said the woman received self-esteem, finance and parenting classes while she was staying at YCC's women's shelter.
"Now she's studying social work at Weber State University and soon will be working in the field," Smith said.
The woman also had told of her daughters' efforts to pursue early college and other career goals.
"You know what? They have dreams now. They have something to cling onto."
In the past, this fundraiser has been held by St. Benedict's Foundation to fund programs for women and children throughout the area. The event was turned over to YCC last year.
Ouellette said YCC personnel were honored that the nuns would turn over the event to them.
"St. Benedict's Foundation was always about women and children," Smith said. "They felt that this was a perfect fit."
Smith said she likes the fact that donations may be made in any amount for this fundraiser.
"Some of us have other means than others," Smith said. "Why shouldn't we all be able to honor someone?"
The Rose Tea will include opportunities to buy items that also give the purchaser a chance to win a diamond pendant and other prizes.
Those who want to dedicate a rose to a woman in their life may do so online by visiting yccogden.org. The donation link is in the middle of the page. Enter Rose Tea and the name and address of the honoree in the reference and donation name fields.
Donors also may send a check, specifying it is for a rose dedication, and including addresses for themselves and the woman or women being honored. Checks should be sent to YCC, 2261 Adams Ave., Ogden, UT 84401.
The cost of attending the tea is $20.
Cupcakes, cheese, fruit, vegetables and other treats, to be served by men volunteers, will be donated by area businesses.
All who attend will receive a rose donated by Posy Place.
For information or to RSVP, call Ouellette at 801-689-1706 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.