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Hats And Tea At Benefit Party
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Guests at the Royal Neighbors Tea Party strolled around the items that were up for grabs during the raffle at the Tea Party on Saturday, hosted at the Riverbank Community Center. VIRGINIA STILL/THE NEWS


Ladies and gentlemen arrived at the Riverbank Community Center for a Tea Party hosted by the Royal Neighbors Riverbank Chapter on Saturday, June 13 from noon to 2 p.m. to raise funds for the upcoming Veteran’s Day luncheon in November. This is the second tea party hosted by Royal Neighbors President Diane Talbert and other members.

A tea party is the perfect occasion for people to socialize, drink tea and enjoy some delectable treats. With approximately 100 guests in fine tea party attire and a suitable hat to match, the event was a classy affair.

The purchase of a ticket included an entry into the door prize drawing and they had raffle tickets for sale that put guests in the running for items like wine baskets, gift cards, cell phone clutches, plants, candy baskets, and necklaces.

There was a table set up with a few items for sale like various varieties of homemade jam, breast cancer awareness jewelry, and bird feeders that were custom made from tea cups.

Remember Now Photography was on hand to capture the moment and they had a studio set up with props that guests used to stage a fitting tea party picture. Pictures were available at that moment for guests to take home.

JOB Daughters from Modesto Bethel 236 helped serve the tea party attendees.

There was a variety of tea for people to enjoy and the menu included artichoke spread on French bread, chicken salad on mini croissants, mini fruit cup, waffle with cream cheese icing and fruit garnish, deviled ham on multi-grain bread, marinated mozzarella balls with cherry tomatoes, triple chocolate brownie bites, and more.

Raising over $1500 before expenses, the proceeds will help the Royal Neighbors with costs for putting on the annual veteran’s lunch in November.

The Royal Neighbors is a women-led life insurance organization that has been protecting women financially and empowering them to improve their lives, families, and communities since 1895. As a not-for-profit life insurer, its philanthropic programs also provide opportunities for women and families to give back, connect, and empower others in their communities or affinity groups, according to the website.

“I was excited that we had such a great turnout, everything went as planned which makes it even better,” stated Talbert. “My very favorite thing was the spontaneous applause our guests gave us at the end. It was great.”