Fundraiser generated $21K for scholarships, awards
For the first time in many years, the St. Charles Women’s Club (SCWC) Tea Cup Auction was held in St. Charles Parish and it was a sold-out success.
“Blow the trumpets and sound the horns, over $21,000 was raised at the 2017 teacup auction,” said Regina Allemand, publicity chair. “All of this money will be given directly back into the community to nonprofits and scholarships.”
Allemand also praised the outpouring of generosity of the prize donors throughout the St. Charles Parish community and beyond.
The event also sold out with 350 tickets being sold to guests and a waiting list in place.
Allemand praised chairwomen Sally Schexnaydre and Pamela Shepard for the event’s success, who worked all year to bring the annual social and fundraiser along with many SCWC members who worked tirelessly and are dedicated to serving the community.
This year’s effort to bring the auction back to the parish is also the reason for the event theme of “Auction: St. Charles Parish … Where There’s More to Life.”
Allemand said searching for a venue to “bring it home” was a challenge, but it worked out wonderfully for the SCWC’s largest annual fundraising event. There were growing pains with getting used to the new venue and procedures of how to set things up.
This year’s auction location was the Jerusalem Shrine Center in Destrehan.
The event was first held at the Willowdale Country Club in Luling, but the popularity of the event grew and could no longer accommodate the guests, Allemand said. The auction has been previously held at locations that included the Hilton in Kenner, The Rose Garden in Elmwood and Chateau Country Club.
The SCWC has been in existence for 51 years, has 192 current members, and is looking forward to it’s annual disbursement event where they will award the monies raised throughout the 2016-17 club year to non-profit organizations and scholarships to St. Charles Parish resident seniors.