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St. Vincent Charity Tea back for 16th year

This is the second year for a quilt raffle in connection with the annual St. Vincent de Paul Charity Tea. Raffle tickets of $5 individually, or five tickets for $20 may be purchased from committee members, pictured from left: Joan Knight and Denise Carrier (seated), Debby Stroup, Annette Rayburn, Gail Zauss, Tammy Jones and Rhonda Merriwether. Not pictured, Pat Barley and Laura Bossingham.

By LUANN MASON - For The Shelbyville News

The china cups and saucers are washed and ready for the spot of tea that is just a small part of the annual St. Vincent de Paul Charity Tea scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on April 27, in the Parish Hall next to the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4218 E. Michigan Road.

The program for this year’s event spotlights its theme with the “Leap of Faith” local pastry chef and cake designer Elizabeth Riggs has taken for years in moving her business to various levels of success, including work in the corporate cake designing industry.

Riggs, known for her latest business venture, The Icing Shoppe, recently became the pastry chef at Honey & Henry’s restaurant at 52 E. Washington St.

In addition to the program, the 16th annual tea will include a silent auction, light refreshments, and a quilt raffle.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $20 each, and “they’re selling fast,” according to Gail Zauss, a member of the event’s committee. They are available until they are sold out in the downtown Shelbyville businesses of Three Sisters Books and Gifts, 7 Public Square, Sanders Jewelry Store at 16 S. Harrison St., and Honey & Henry’s, or from various tea committee members, including Zauss, 765-525-9789, Tammy Jones, 317-364-2643, or Pat Barley, 765-265-7195.

Proceeds each year are given to a charitable group in Shelby County as determined by the tea committee. This year’s benefactor is Pantry Pals of Shelby County.

More than $53,000 has been raised and donated to various not-for-profit, charitable organizations in Shelby County during the history of the teas, said Joan Knight, committee chairman. Proceeds from the first event in 2004 totaled $1,246.45 with the funds going to Hope’s Door, the name of the pregnancy care center at that time. Since then, the amount donated has increased. Last year, $8,024.80 was presented to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Shelby County, a charitable organization to serve those in need within the county.

This is the second year the benefit’s committee is offering a quilt raffle to the community. Tickets may be purchased either from Knight by calling 765-467-7833 or from other committee members, or at the tea for $5 individually, or five tickets for $20. Susie Young Cole crafted the queen-sized quilt with vintage hankies donated by Marjorie Matney.

Proceeds from the raffle will also benefit Pantry Pals.

Women from the church plan the Charity Tea each year – Knight, Zauss, Jones, Barley, Debbie Stroup, Laura Bossingham, Rhonda Meriwether, Annette Rayburn, and Denise Carrier. A theme is selected in either January or February to kick-off plans for the following year’s Tea.