2018 English Tea Highlights

Page was updated 6/20/18

Many thanks to Judy Borlase, the Committee on Homeless Women, and the Local Scholarship committee for planning and executing this fabulous event!

Thanks also to Sumi Tanabe, who was our Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

Sumi Tanabe as Mistress of Ceremonies

Take a look at some photos from the English Tea!  Thanks to Louise Quenon and Wanda Alexander for the photography.

Note:, if I missed a name or got one wrong, please send me email .  I’ll fix up the  formatting and add the rest of the photos as I get time, but thought you would all like to see these!  Laurie


The Food

Don’t these pictures make you hungry all over again?

Delicious Desserts!

Tea Sandwiches

Our Chefs

Our Chefs (and a helper)

Our Servers


The Table Centerpieces

Here are just a few of the lovely centerpieces.  There were little bunnies made from washcloths on each table with the arrangement!


The Entertainment

The entertainment was the “Fourmatas” group (did I spell that right? I’m guessing it’s a play on the musical term)   from the Sweet Adelines.  They serenaded us with

  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  • When I Fall in Love
  • Ain’t He Sweet!

The “Fourmatas” – from Sweet Adelines


The “Fourmatas”

And here’s a link to the Mission Valley Chorus website, just in case you would like to sing!  We’re all invited.



Live Auction

The live auction was very exciting.  Cynthia Miller was our auctioneer.

Cynthia Miller – auctioneer

  • Claire Campodonico purchased the weekend in Santa Cruz.
  • Lydia Montano got the condo in the wine country.
  • We also auctioned off an evening with the Saratoga firefighters.


Jewelry Sales

Cynthia Miller, Kersten Stone, and Marlene Lamb


Claire Campodonico, a friend, and Lydia Montano.



Silent Auction

Many business donated items for the Silent Auction.  Be sure and thank them!

Wine Auction

Beautiful Baskets!

Paintings by Kay Duffy and friends


Shots of the Room

Just a few photos of the room and the lovely table settings!



People you may Know!

The formatting in this section is a bit odd – I’ll try and fix it, but wanted to share the photos anyway.  Laurie

Judy Borlase – hard at work before the event!

JoAnn Lambert and Nancy Anderson

Jane Bishop – anyone up for a square dance?

JoAnn Lambert – from that smile, we must have made some money at the jewelry bar!

At the Will Call table

Judy Borlase with her darling hat!


Cynthia Miller (Auctioneer) and a friend


Ann Roberts – working on the place settings

At the Jewelry table

Marilyn Fuller and Local Scholarship recipient Mehar Jaiswal

Mehal Jaiswar spoke about what it meant to her to receive an AAUW scholarship

JoAn Lambert, introducing representatives from Life Moves

Representatives from Life Moves

Another look at that cute hat!

Sumi Tanabe and a friend

Lillian Kanzaki *, Sumi Tanabe, Tomi Imokawa, Jean Tanaguchi ** see note below

**  Just a note about Sumi Tanabe’s friend, Lillian Kanzaki,  in the picture above:  Lillian has supported the English Tea for over 16 years, participating by purchasing many of our silent auction items.  This year, she also donated 4 bottles of wine for the auction!