An eight-by-ten print of Garden Party will be in the silent auction at this year’s Pink Garden Tea.

An eight-by-ten print of Garden Party will be in the silent auction at this year’s Pink Garden Tea.

Creston’s fifth annual Pink Garden Tea raising funds for CVH maternity patients

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When you mention gardening to Creston resident Debbie Graham, you won’t forget that memorable smile she gives. For the past several years, Graham has made it her personal commitment to make a special day in her home garden that becomes a fundraiser to support several women initiatives in the valley.

What was originally planned as a way to support breast cancer patients grew into an important fundraiser a couple of years ago for the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s digital stereotactic mammography campaign. This year, on July 19, the day will see proceeds from the annual tea going to support cancer patients and the maternity department at the Creston Valley Hospital. A beautiful painting, Garden Party, by Laura Leeder will be part of the Pink Garden Tea silent auction.

“Deb is a gracious host and her genuine desire to help women is admirable,” said Donna Grainger, East Kootenay Foundation for Health executive director.

The Pink Garden Tea couldn’t find a more beautiful surrounding as Graham’s home is turned into an oasis for tea lovers. Adding to the aromas of the varied tea varietals are scrumptious food offerings handmade with love by Graham and her committee. This year’s theme is “Friendship, Roses and Royal Teas”.

Tickets for the tea are $14, available at Morris Flowers or by calling Graham at 250-428-7182.

—EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH