Third Creston Pink Garden Tea will be A Clear View fundraiser

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A happy customer enjoys last year's Pink Garden Tea.

A happy customer enjoys last year's Pink Garden Tea.

If memory lane moments are your cup of tea, then the upcoming fundraiser for the A Clear View digital mammography campaign is for you.

Delicate teacups filled with fragrant and tasteful delights of New York’s finest Harney and Sons tea accompanied with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones topped with mouthwatering jam, ending with an array of lovely desserts will welcome you to the third annual Creston Pink Garden Tea.

The Pink Garden Tea was started in 2010 by Debbie Graham to honour two of her family members facing breast cancer. Graham said that watching their courage and hope encouraged her to create something that would help other women in Creston battling the illness.

After two successful years and knowing her dream event is helping others, Graham decided to expand the event in support of East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s fundraising drive to bring a digital stereotactic mammography unit to the regional hospital.

“I just love the whole ceremony about traditional teas,” said Graham. “When I combine that with a charitable cause that is going to help many women it makes it all the more special.”

The Pink Garden Tea will have two seatings, one on July 27 at 7 p.m. and the second on July 28 at 2 p.m. Admission is by donation and tea enthusiasts are encouraged to sip and listen to beautiful harp music, to shop at the Tea Market Boutique, to see Creston artist Laura Leederpaint a special Pink Garden Tea teacup picture (gift cards available) and to visit Creston author Valerie Comer, who will be autographing her latest book.

Also on hand will be Carmen Lancaster, cancer survivor and winner of the quilt of 2011 displaying “the sisterhood of the traveling quilt”, a symbol of hope for many facing a breast cancer diagnosis.

Early registration is welcomed and tables can be reserved in advance by calling Debbie Graham at 250-428-7182 or 250-402-9144, or picking up tickets at Morris Flowers on Canyon Street.

All proceeds from the tea will go to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health. For more information on the A Clear View campaign, visit www.aclearview.ca.

—EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH