Tea time

Fundraiser held in Cen­ter­ville-Ware­ham-Trin­ity to sup­port Jen­nifer A. Cut­ler Foun­da­tion

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY DANETTE DOOLEY & ADAM RANDELL THE BEA­CON danette@nl.rogers.com

Jen­nifer Cut­ler loved hav­ing tea with a friend. It’s fit­ting that, when look­ing at ways to raise money for a foun­da­tion in her name, that a giant tea party would be held in her mem­ory.

Jen­nifer lost her bat­tle with can­cer on Jan. 25, 2016. She was 46-years-old.

Her fam­ily have since formed the Jen­nifer A. Cut­ler Foun­da­tion and its goal is to as­sist fam­i­lies fac­ing can­cer.

Her hus­band, Gary Cut­ler, said the tea party was his mother-in-law’s idea.

When Lorna But­ton sug­gested the fundrais­ing idea, Gary knew it would be some­thing his wife would have liked.

The party took place on May 7, in Cen­ter­ville-Ware­ham-Trin­ity, with nearly 200 peo­ple tak­ing part.

Each ta­ble of 10 was theme ori­ented and laid out by the pur­chasers of the ta­ble. There were even but­lers avail­able to cater to the ladies ev­ery whim.

In to­tal, the event, along with ad­di­tional fundrais­ers brought in $4,474.

Par­tic­i­pant Pauline Brown called it an “ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous” event.

“To see all the women to­gether, be­ing here with my sis­ters, it’s a fam­ily-ori­ented oc­ca­sion,” said Brown. “Ev­ery­one is touched by can­cer and to have (the Cut­ler fam­ily) want­ing to help fam­i­lies fac­ing can­cer is a great gesture.”

Gary said the sup­port his fam­ily has re­ceived from peo­ple from his home com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing area has been amaz­ing.

They know this is our very first event and they have pulled to­gether and sup­ported me in ways I couldn’t imag­ine,” he said.

Another tea party is planned for June 10 in St. John’s where the Cut­ler fam­ily lives.

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In sup­port of the Jen­nifer A. Cut­ler Foun­da­tion’s goal of as­sist­ing fam­i­lies fac­ing can­cer, (from left) Joan Ack­er­man, Trixie Glover and Ma­bel Rogers pre­sented their Breast Can­cer sup­port ta­ble.

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Ini­tially get­ting to­gether on game night, the idea for a tea party started as a joke amongst these friends and has turned into a well re­ceived fundraiser for the Cen­ter­ville-Ware­hamTrin­ity. Pic­tured (from left) are Jill Bun­gay, Lor­raine Ack­er­man, Jill Pick­ett, Una Par­sons, Doris Pick­ett, Mau­reen Collins, Dora Brown, Sonya Pick­ett, Sue Pick­ett and Chris­tine Pick­ett.

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There was no chance of any­one get­ting out of line at the tea party, as the se­cu­rity de­tail worked the room.

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Get­ting to­gether ev­ery chance they can (from left) are sis­ters Pauline Brown, Mar­gret Pen­ton, but­ler Har­ri­son Glover, Lucy Strat­ton and Ruth Pel­ley brought their “South­ern Chaos” theme to the tea party.

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The Cen­ter­ville-Ware­ham-Trin­ity Tea Party on May 7 had 19 ta­bles with var­i­ous themes, in­clud­ing ‘out­door tea’.

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Claude Brown was one of more than 20 but­lers to cater to the tea party lady’s ev­ery com­mand.

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