On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Mothers’ Club welcomed one of the largest groups of women in years to our Annual Welcome Tea. There were more than 150 beautiful moms, grandmothers and aunts, who enjoyed a delicious spread of lunch and dessert, champagne punch and, of course, tea, while listening to the SJC String Ensemble perform beautiful music. The event was topped off with great door prizes, a nod to the past presidents who joined us and a picture of all the moms who came sporting a fabulous hat. Great conversation and laughs were enjoyed by all.
This lovely event would not have been possible without the efforts of our chair, Veronica Vannoy. Veronica worked tirelessly to transform our Frana Auditorium into a space that looked more like a ballroom. Her vision and amazing organizational skills allowed for a flawless, quick set up on Saturday and an event that went off without a glitch on Sunday. I want to thank Veronica for stepping up to take on this very important event.
We also had the support of many volunteers who spent their Saturday at SJC setting up for the event and worked at registration on Sunday. I would like to thank the following people for giving their time and talents: Lisa Sheahan, Denise Willsey, Gayle Moseley, Diane Fitzgerald, Amy Maddox, Marie Koczela, Tracy Davis, Cherry Clipper, Julie Slattery, Anna Abel, Sam DePoy, Paz Galey, Terrolyn Ali, Alane Musselman, Marie Pennanen, Doreen Gray, Maria Elena Crespo-Zamalloa, Cynthia O’Hanlon, Dionne Estime, Jeanette Staton, Sandra Serrano, Mary Marra and Ana Marie Balingit-Wines.
We also want to thank all of the parents who donated such wonderful goodies for our door prize raffle. Twenty-Six lucky moms went home with adorable teapots, local jellies, handmade jewelry and many, many more wonderful prizes, as well as the grand prize: two Adele tickets for her sold-out concert at the Verizon Center. The generosity of the St. John’s community never ceases to amaze.
Many thanks to Ms. Fernandez and the students of Advanced Vocal Studies, Mr. Douglass and the String Ensemble and CSM McConnell and the Color Guard for taking time out of their day to be with us.
Lastly, thank you to Jeff Mancabelli and his daughter, Leah, for joining us and to Mr. Themistos for giving us his never-ending support.