Tea Time: Assistance League fundraiser draws hundreds

By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald and Press Tribune editor
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The tea and conversation flowed freely Oct. 17 as nearly 400 people gathered for Tea and Fashions on a Budget, an annual fundraiser for the Assistance League of Greater Placer.

Two types of tea and a generous spread of homemade gourmet delicacies were served at each table. As the crowd enjoyed the luncheon, the league offered mimosas and chardonnay, a raffle and fashion show featuring models decked out in fabulous finds from the Assistance League Thrift Store in Auburn.

This was the third year for the fundraiser that sold out well in advance. Organizers Carolyn Thomas of Rocklin and Mary Hobbs of Lincoln explained that its only through the hard work of league members that the event is able to occur. In addition to preparing food and selecting clothing for the models, members also lavishly decorate each table with their own china. This year’s tables included many luxurious harvest themes among a host of other decorations.

“It’s really so much fun walking around the room to find out different things that people have come up with,” Hobbs said.

The money raised at the event goes toward the league’s philanthropic efforts, including clothing more than 5,000 needy children each school year through the Operation School Bell program. The Kids on the Block program brings league members into elementary schools for puppet shows about the dangers of bullying, and new this year will be screenings for children who might suffer from lazy eye.

“All the funds that we raise stay right here in Placer County,” Hobbs said.

“We have no paid employees,” Thomas added. “Nobody gets paid, no matter how hard you work. Your pay is the smile on somebody’s face.”

For more information about the Assistance League of Greater Placer, visit