Preparing for their first foray onto the “runway” wearing Chico’s fashions at the tea benefit for Sanibel Congregational UCC’s Sanibel Christian Preschool are the 10 SCWIM members who served as models.
Preparing for their first foray onto the “runway” wearing Chico’s fashions at the tea benefit for Sanibel Congregational UCC’s Sanibel Christian Preschool are the 10 SCWIM members who served as models.

High Tea and Chico’s Fashion Show April 8 at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ was fun, delicious, beautiful and, perhaps best of all, a great success. The fundraiser to benefit students of Sanibel Christian Preschool, an outreach of the church, was sold out well before the event.

The fundraiser was planned and presented by Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission.

In her welcoming remarks, Sherry Halleran, who chaired the event, pointed out that the SCWIM members had workshops rather than meetings. They created or supplied all the charming invitations, decorations, and table settings that followed a spring-floral high-tea theme. They made a sumptuous array of tea sandwiches, fruit salad, and desserts.

The style show presented by the original Chico’s shop in Periwinkle Place, just across from the church, featured a wide variety of dressy-casual ensembles including slacks, tops, jackets, dresses, and accessories in the latest styles and colors. Modeling the clothes were Associate Pastor Deb Kunkel, Parish Nurse Linda Convertine, and SCWIM members Jill Bugby, Suzanne Gobel, Carol Good, Mollie Lassy, Moon Price, Jane Saghir, Betty Van Tassel, and Linda Winn,

Gentlemen servers” who conscientiously kept everyone’s plates and teacups filled were Dick Arnould, Dave Bugby, Aaron Cohen, Senior Pastor John Danner, Jim Drotleff, Fred Gobel, Neal Halleran, Gene Hardy, Dennis Hayes, Randy Jayne, John McBroom, Dick Lassy, Tom Lisle, Ray Luebbers, Don Maurer, Church Ramseth, Marcel Saghir, Bob Van Tassel, and Tom Ware.

Pianist Judy McBroom volunteered her service to play both while guests were assembling for the tea and during the style show. Barbara McClure organized a silent auction of jewelry, artwork, and other items with proceeds benefiting the preschool. Betty Hayes and Betsy Foreman poured bunch for the guests after Judy Baran and Judy Palaia welcomed them and provided nametags.

Prior to the style show, Pastor Deb Kunkel introduced a brief video of the preschool students singing and dancing to two lively tunes. She explained how the proceeds from the event would benefit the preschool, including by providing scholarships.

The SCWIM Tea Committee is comprised of Sherry Halleran, Judy Baran, Jill Bugby, Linda Convertine, Catrina Drotleff, Joanne Durst, Anne Haslem, Judy Maurer, Barbara McClure, Janice McNeal, Judy Palaia, Moon Price, Jane Saghir, and Linda Winn.

Sanibel Congregational UCC is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way. For more information about the church or preschool, call the church office at 239-472-0497, or visit sanibelucc.org.