Join in the fight to stop domestic violence at this event, which will feature festive decorations, live and silent auctions, a delicious “eat me” and “drink me” afternoon lunch prepared by Chef Bev Gannon, desserts created by Chef Cheech and the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Academy and—of course—cups of tea that would impress even the Mad Hatter himself.
The theme of this year’s event, “Women in Wonderland,” is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s whimsical children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Tim Burton’s highly-acclaimed film, Alice in Wonderland. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters, as there will be prizes awarded to the winners of the Wonderland Costume and Mad Hatter Hat Contests. From Tweedledee and Tweedledum to the Queen of Hearts, if you play your cards right, you may very well be the best-dressed guest at this Mad Tea Party.
Attendees will be grinning from ear-to-ear like the Cheshire Cat during this year’s live and silent auctions, which will feature an incredible array of items to bid on—and all for a good cause.
Women Helping Women will host its 13th Annual Elegant Afternoon Tea Fundraiser on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Molokini Lookout overlooking Gannon’s: A Pacific View Restaurant in Wailea. Proceeds from this event will support the organization’s ongoing fight to stop domestic violence throughout Maui County.
According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, throughout the United States each year, between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence. In addition, studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
The mission of Women Helping Women is to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention, and offer safety, support and empowerment to all victims of domestic violence throughout Maui County. The Women Helping Women’s shelter and support programs include the Hale Lokomaika‘i emergency shelter for battered women and their children, a Domestic Violence Hotline, Temporary Restraining Order preparation and court advocacy, community-based domestic violence education and support groups for women and children, positive parenting groups and a Transitions Project.
In addition to attending, there are many ways to help Women Helping Women make this annual event a success. For more information on donating an item for auction, purchasing ad space in the program or becoming a sponsor, download a donor kit, which is available on the Women Helping Women Website at www.whwmaui.net.
Women Helping Women Executive Director Stacey Moniz is also looking for teacups, saucers and teapots to use during the event. “We are looking for any teacups or teapots that people are looking to get rid of,” she said. “They don’t need to match; in fact, the more mismatched, the better!”
Tickets are $75 per person, and sponsorships are still available at three different levels. This event is expected to sell out early and attract more than 350 eager to support the organization’s programs for victims of domestic violence, so heed the White Rabbit’s advice and “don’t be late” when reserving your seat at Maui‘s best Tea Party!