The annual Bewitching Tea event returns Oct. 25, and offers a haunted hat contest, fashion show by Christina S, drawings and a traditional tea. Proceeds benefit two agencies that work with victims of domestic violence: STAND! For Families Free of Violence in Contra Costa County and SafeQuest Solano, which is based in Fairfield. “It’s lots of fun for a serious cause,” says Maryellen Hayes, co-owner of the tea room. She came up with the idea of the benefit after talking with Jerry Page, a longtime volunteer for STAND! in Contra Costa County. She asked Soroptimist International of Benicia to help with the event, and the service organization has been a co-sponsor ever since. The event raises about $3,000 each year for the two domestic violence programs. Since 2006, the Bewitching Tea has raised about $27,000 total. STAND! estimates it serves about 10,000 people annually in all its programs, which include an emergency shelter, parenting classes, classes for teens on healthy relationships, support groups and presentations on violence prevention. SafeQuest Solano serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Solano County. The program provides a 24-hour crisis line, an emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, education and other assistance. All services are free and offered in English, Tagalog and Spanish.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25
Time: Three seatings, 11 am, 1pm, 3pm
Cost: $45 per person (includes gratuity, payment required in advance)
Contact: Camellia Tea Room, 707.746.5293