Spring Tea brings glamour, hats to fundraiser

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It is that time again to sip tea, get glamorous and socialize with people in the community at the ninth annual Spring Tea event March 3 at the Bodega Burger Lounge. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and tickets are $25 each.

Submitted Photo: Local artist Erica Burleigh painted a mural on the wall for the healing garden outside of the door of the entry way at Socorro General Hospital.

It is that time again to sip tea, get glamorous and socialize with people in the community at the ninth annual Spring Tea event March 3 at the Bodega Burger Lounge. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and tickets are $25 each.

The money collected from ticket sales goes towards the hospital, said Spring Tea committee co-chairwoman Debra Card.

Presbyterian’s Board Committee for Community Development hosts two events, one in the spring, and one in the fall which is the Halloween party. These two events are fundraisers for the community relations and development committee, she said.

At the Spring Tea, people can enjoy sweets, breads and savories served in the banquet room.

“Every year many people come with colorful hats,” she said.

Co-chairwoman Wanda Bassler said the Spring Tea is a fundraiser to beautify Socorro General Hospital and in the past the money also funded the healing garden and entry way, which is now complete.

The healing garden is right outside the door of the entry way and has a mural on the wall by local artist Erica Burleigh. It is a quiet place to go, and is a place in the hospital for people to visit or speak with doctors and have conversations, Card said.

“It’s been beneficial for people to have a quiet place to visit or conference with doctors,” Card said.

Board Member for Socorro General Hospital Norma Lorang is the founder for the event. Denise Shrum, who is now the chairperson of community relations and development, continues to carry on the tradition for the event, Card said.

In the past, 120 people have participated in the event, and numbers have remained constant throughout the years, she said. The Renaissance Council students at Socorro High School continue to serve for the event. They also set up and clean up, and do a great job, she said.

“The event is very social,” Card said. “There will be a harpist. The harpist is Jolinda Dallin and she is a physical therapist at the hospital.”

There will be music and everyone puts on their best with hats and suits, she said. There will also be a silent auction with donated items from the community and hospital employees, and all money goes towards the hospital, she said.

“I look forward to visiting with people and socializing,” Card said.