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Afternoon tea with Circle of Hope

Annual event attracts 180 to fund breast cancer support

Posted: October 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Magician David Neubauer demonstrates a card trick to a guest at the ninth annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea held at Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

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Beautifully decorated tables set with fine china, hot tea, savories and desserts greeted the 180 guests who attended the ninth annual Circle of Hope Afternoon Tea.

The event benefited Circle of Hope Inc., which provides support and resources to breast cancer patients who live or work in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The afternoon event featured entertainment by Jimmy Carnelli and his band and moving testimonial speeches by Circle of Hope clients Denise Bailey, Wendy Thrush and Linda Petrie.

“We’re happy to have moved to the Mann Biomedical location, it’s an amazing facility,” said Ray Tippet, executive director of Circle of Hope. “We have a lot of fun things to do today, and a great silent auction.”

Event chairwoman Kathy Rutherford said she was happy at how this year’s event turned out.

“The idea was to have one big party” she said. “The food is excellent, we are lucky to have Tamra Levine from Salt Creek Grille Catering.”

Photographer Tibor Deme had photographs of breast cancer survivors on display that will be part of his Turning Point Exhibit Nov. 17 at Vista Valencia Golf Course.

Magician David Neubauer visited each table under the large tent to demonstrate his close up sleight of hand card tricks.

Circle of Hope founder, College Schaffer, a breast cancer survivor, said she was pleased to see the tea continue. Schaffer left the nonprofit a few years ago to deal with family issues and her own health.

“I’m thrilled to see far this event has come since we started it nine years ago,” said Schaffer. “I hope more people come out next year.”

First time attendee Barbara Stearns Cochran said she wished she had attended previous teas.

“The tables are gorgeous and the food is excellent,” said Cochran.

Liz Siepel, board vice president of Circle of Hope said the tea is an important fundraiser for the group.

“Also, it brings us all together,” she said. “Our focus is to help people in treatment, the more money we raise, the more we can give.”

For information about Circle of Hope Inc. visit


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