Eastern Star has been working for the Williams Lake community for 61 years this year.
Their annual fundraising tea, bake sale and bazaar is coming up this Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall.
The tea is $5 and includes sandwiches, cakes, squares plus tea or coffee, and Worthy Matron Toni Smith invites the community to attend.
“We very much appreciate our community support and invite people to come and enjoy the tea and a friendly visit and check out what we have to offer,” Smith says.
This year she says proceeds from the annual raffle will go to the B.C. Guide Dog Services.
First prize is a framed landscape painting by Mark Kopp. Second prize is a food hamper and two gift certificates from Save On Foods with a total value of $375.
Third prize is a spa basket valued at $50. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
In keeping with the theme, Smith says Joan Crook will also be selling doggie quilts with proceeds going to the guide dog services.
The white elephant table includes many unique second-hand items along with a few plants, Smith says. Crafts include a wide variety of sewing, quilts, crochet, knitted and other items and of course there will be a wide variety of pies, tarts, bread, squares and more on the bake table.
Saturday the Eastern Star will also be selling copies of their popular cookbook Cooking With The Stars. The Shrine Club will also be selling a calendar, Smith says.
Proceeds from the main event go toward supporting Eastern Star’s many local and regional charitable projects which include support for our local hospital and other health-care organizations, cancer research and care, making bandages for cancer patients, bursaries for graduating students and many other community organizations and needs such as sending gifts to the cancer clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospital at Christmas time.
Since 1962 the local Eastern Star members have collected cancelled stamps which are sold to collectors to help Eastern Star charities such as the Elizabeth Bentley Scholarships; ESTARL Bursary and Worthy Grand Matron’s Project. Hope Humm spearheads the cancelled stamp program and can be reached at 250-392-4648.
Local donations also assist the Kelowna Cancer Car Program. This is a free service giving cancer patients rides to their appointments.
More information on this program is available by contacting Bill Crook at 250-296-4282.