Ladies Auxiliary fill Elk’s Hall with Christmas cheer – and tea

Ladies Auxiliary fill Elk’s Hall with Christmas cheer – and tea

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MLA Linda Larson has been serving tea at the Sunnybanks Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Tea since its start nearly 30 years ago.

By Vanessa Broadbent 

Holiday cheer filled the Elk’s Hall Wednesday afternoon at the annual Sunnybank Ladies Auxiliary Christmas tea.

The auxiliary hosts teas twice a year: once in March for St. Patrick’s Day and again in December before Christmas.

“We have it early because there are so many Christmas teas going on,” explained treasurer of the auxiliary Bonnie Dunn.

Dunn has been involved with the event for 23 years and is the head of the bake table where attendees can purchased sweets baked fresh by members of the auxiliary.

“The ladies are great and when we have our teas everyone chips in which is very beautiful,” she said.

Auxiliary treasurer Bonnie Dunn (left), who has been involved with the event for 23 years, mans the bake table with the help of Kathleen Farrell.

Local MLA Linda Larson and president of the Sunnybank Auxiliary has been serving tea at the event for the almost three decades that it’s been happening.

“Everyone is older now,” she joked.

Between the admission, proceeds from the bake sale, raffle and 50/50 draw, the tea raises funds for Sunnybank Retirement Centre.

“All the money from this tea goes to the auxiliary who in turn uses it kind of like a giant comfort fund for the residents of Sunnybank,” Larson explained.

“We purchase things like televisions, fireplaces, stuffed animals, books, puzzles, toys and all the kinds of things that are not normal to the budget of health authority.”

The event usually raises over $1,000, sometimes close to $1,500.

“We’re grateful for anything. There’s great support in this community for all of our organizations that raise funds.”

Larson also noted that a lot of the event’s attendees, like Dot Cranston, have been attending since the start.

“I always enjoy it because I know quite a few people here,” Cranston said, noting that it’s also a great way to connect with and meet other community members.

“It’s really nice, that’s why I look forward to it.”

Dot Cranston, 92, attends the annual Christmas tea every year.
Sharon Barlow (left) and Pat Whalley ensured there was no lack of sandwiches and fresh food.
Gloria Peace (left) and Barbara Zapf sell 50/50 and raffle tickets as part of the fundraiser.

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