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JENSEN BEACH -- In spite of all the rain, the High Tea Benefit was a great success for The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast as guests braved the weather for the fundraiser that was held on Jan. 29.
Sponsored by U.S. Trust, the High Tea Benefit was a first time event for The Children's Museum, and was in lieu of their annual Purse Party. Originally to be held at the home of Jack and Ceejay Heckenberg of Sewall's Point, Mother Nature had other plans, so the event was relocated to the Mansion at Tuckahoe.
Benefactors not only enjoyed tea, sandwiches, scones, and champagne, but also live music provided by a string trio from the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony as they watched the stormy weather out the windows of the mansion. Money raised by the museum was made through ticket sales to the event, donation cards, a raffle, and a silent auction. Many of the items included in the auction and raffle were donated by local businesses such as Kemp's Shoe Salon, Just Gold Jewelers, Matilda's, Pam Huizenga Jewelry, Tesoro and Harbour Ridge communities, and several more.
"The High Tea Benefit was a big change from our Purse Party, but it turned out to be a tremendous success. We are so grateful to all the local businesses and benefactors for their donations, and their generosity," said Tammy Calabria, executive director of The Children's Museum.
Because of this inaugural event, The Children's Museum was able to raise $22,000. This money will go towards the museum's Educational Outreach Programs which have allowed over 8,000 students from Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties to experience educational exploration through hands-on exhibits in a state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious atmosphere. Schools from all of these counties have field trips at The Children's Museum to extend their curriculum in a fun and unique way. Tour guides lead the students through several exhibits as they participate in programs that teach them about science, wellness, the environment, and much more. Each program is grade specific so no matter how often they come, students will experience something different and fresh.
"We want to make sure that the purpose of these events stays in the front of everyone's minds, and that is to make sure The Children's Museum remains a premier venue for education, exploration, and fun for children," said Olivia Labrador, museum's education director.
The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast has certainly proven that come rain or shine nothing stops them from hosting a beautiful and successful event.
For more information about the museum, call (772) 225-7575 or visit www.childrensmuseumtc.org.