Homeless Committee



Holiday Party for Homeless Women

In December the Members of the Committee on Homeless Women and Children hosted the annual holiday party for homeless women at the Georgia Travis Center in San Jose. A hot meal started the festivities, and then the women unwrapped their presents (4 gifts for each woman) which included such welcome items as warm hoodies, scarves and gloves. Finally the women selected jewelry from the items left after last year’s English Tea. This is a huge treat for all of the women. Thank you to everyone who donated gifts for the women, helped wrap the packages, or helped prepare and serve the dinner. Your generosity certainly “made the season bright” for these women.

Members of Homeless Committee preparing for Holiday Party

–Marlene Lamb, Committee on Homeless Women and Children

English Tea

A primary fundraiser for the Homeless Women and Children as well as the local scholarships is the English Tea.  This year, the English Tea is planned for April 21.  SAVE THE DATE.  Details are in the English Tea Flyer.

Here are some highlights from past teas:

2014 – A typical place setting

Yes, that is real china!

2013 – It was all about the “Hats”

… and jewelry sales


… and the Silent Auction


English Tea – Time to get your tickets!

“Hopping into Spring” English Tea and Silent (and Live) Auction April 21

It is not too soon to buy your tickets for our major event of the year. This year we are adding a live auction for some of our top items which we will have more information about in a later newsletter.  Our auctioneer is our own Cynthia Miller who is also our Tech Trek chair.

We only have about 142 tickets to sell (we make room for our honored guests and speakers), so speak to your friends and make your reservations soon to members of the Homeless Committee who are listed below.

We never know if each Tea might be the last one, (we aren’t getting any younger) ,and so we need you to come with a view to opening your pocketbooks in support of scholarships and all the agencies we support on behalf of homeless women.

These ladies received tickets to sell today and more will get them later:

  • Nancy Anderson
  • Judy Borlase
  • Sharon Graham
  • Pat Khan
  • Marlene Lamb
  • JoAn Lambert
  • Julie Stevens
  • Kerstin Stone
  • Sumi Tanabe

And, of course, Ann Roberts, who is handling reservations for the event. We hope to see you all at the Tea.

Your Homeless Committee

Live Auction at English Tea!

We are holding a live auction at our Tea this year with three offerings.  The Saratoga Fire Department is offering dinner for eight at the firehouse with a tour of the station.  Kids can clamber over the truck, try on the gear, and have a marvelous time.  We are so excited about this offer and know it will be popular for families and friends with children.  Bids will start at $400.

Once again Ginny Good is offering her beautiful condo in Santa Cruz for a three-night stay. Its value is $1750.  Go to Villa Vista Vacation Rental to look at the pictures of this amazing place located right at the water.  It would be a beautiful gift for someone special in your life.

Also offered is a three-night stay at a one-bedroom condo at the World Mark Resort in Windsor, right in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. It sleeps four with a murphy bed in the living room and is a five minute drive to Healdsburg, eight miles north of Santa Rosa, and 27 miles from Bodega Bay.  A golf course is right next door.  If you prefer the foothills, you could choose to stay at a condo in Angel’s Camp instead.  This is just a short distance to Murphy’s and all the fun of gold country.  Our auctioneer is Cynthia Miller who is also our Tech Trek chair.

In addition to the new live auction we have the Fourmata Quartet to perform for us during our tea.

Kay Duffy our watercolorist, has made an extraordinary offer to those who attend the Tea. You may make an appointment to look at her collection of watercolors (over 50 years of paintings she says), buy one for half-price, and make your check out to AAUW!  She is also offering a painting for the auction.

This will be a really wonderful event to share with your friends. Give Ann Roberts a call so she can find tickets for you.  There aren’t a lot left.

You may leave your jewelry donations at JoAn Lambert’s house in Saratoga.