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Tea time benefits Circle of Hope

Fundraiser: Afternoon tea celebrates ‘A Year in the Garden of Hope’

Posted: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Guests gather for the annual Circle of Hope tea at a new location in Sand Canyon. The event is a fundraiser for the breast cancer nonprofit.

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The eighth annual Circle of Hope afternoon tea brought nearly 300 guests to a spacious Sand Canyon estate home to enjoy an afternoon luncheon of socializing and support.

Circle of Hope is a breast cancer support nonprofit that provides financial, emotional, and educational support for uninsured and underinsured individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment.

“It’s so nice to be able to expand our event,” said Ray Tippet, executive director of Circle of Hope. “We’re so lucky to be able to have this event at this lovely location.”

The event moved from the backyard of Circle of Hope founder Colleen Shaffer in Newhall to the Sand Canyon estate home of Chris and Debbie Killian.

Guests were seated at one of 32 decorated and themed “tea rooms” set up on the grounds of the home.

Tippet said not only did the event sell out, but also the tea room sponsorships sold out.

“That was amazing,” he said. “We’re so grateful to the support of the community and our sponsors.”

Kathy Rutherford served as event chairwoman and decorated many of the tearooms.

“We’ve moved to a one-day event, instead of two days,” Rutherford said. “We want everyone to have a relaxing, nice afternoon.”

Tea room themes ranged from the patriotic to the elegant. “Stars and Stripes,” “Winter Wonderland,” “April Showers,” “April in Paris” and “Coming Up Roses” were among the themes.

“(Rutherford) decorated until 2:30 a.m.,” Tippet said. “She has worked very hard on the event.”

A roaming magician, David Neubauer worked the crowd at the event.

Neubauer has appeared frequently at the event.

“This is for such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

Colleen Shaffer, founder of Circle of Hope Inc., said the event keeps growing.

“I’m happy to see how this event expanded and I’m happy that Circle of Hope Inc. keeps moving forward,” she said.
The event also featured a silent auction, raffle and champagne reception.

Circle of Hope was founded in 2004, after Shaffer’s own experience with metastatic breast cancer.  She founded the organization to assist patients with expenses associated with the treatment of breast cancer.

For more information about Circle of Hope, Inc. visit (661) 254-5218.


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