by Patrice Johnson. Photo credits: Judy Williams
Nearly 30 women from the area gathered at Gee Farms in Bunkerhill, Wed., May 16, for a debut fundraiser for the Stockbridge Community News. The Lady’s Tea, sponsored by Gee Farms and the Stockbridge Area Garden Club, raised $390 for SCN, and a good time was had by all.
“I wanted to come to support the paper,” attendee Becky Whitaker said. “Besides, this is fun.”
The idea for the event sprouted from a shopping trip to Gee Farms last fall. While Roberta Ludtke was browsing the aisles, she and farm co-owner Kary Gee struck up a conversation. Gee, recognizing that Ludtke served on the board of directors for the Stockbridge Community News, commented on how much she appreciated the volunteer-run paper and news service. She hoped it would continue to flourish, she said. Then in an off-hand remark, Gee offered the use of her showroom. The rest, as they say, is history.
Ludtke, a member of the Stockbridge Area Garden Club, proposed at its monthly meeting that she was willing to coordinate a ladies tea if the club would underwrite some of the expenses. Proceeds would go to the nonprofit Stockbridge Community News.
Fast forward to Wednesday’s tea. As Lori Zick was thanking Ludtke for her hard work, she mentioned in passing, “My granddaughters would love this.”
“What do you think of a fairy garden-themed tea?” Ludtke mused.
“Sign me up,” Zick replied. “Sign me up now!”
And thus, the wheels are now churning toward another event in the making.