Fash­ion show for High Tea fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

A high tea fundraiser will have a unique fea­ture to its en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ing that will have many head­ing down mem­ory lane.

The Dal­tons Daisies is host­ing its High Tea fundraiser for the Pohlen Hospi­tal Trust next month and has in­cluded a wedding dress fash­ion show.

Many mem­bers of the Dal­ton’s Daisies have do­nated their wedding dresses and some wedding dresses be­long­ing to their moth­ers, friends or rel­a­tives. Some of the gar­ments pre-date World War II.

‘‘We needed an im­pact of some kind. There are nine of us (Dal­tons Daisies) so I asked the mem­bers how many had their wedding dresses, and there were quite a few.

‘‘So I thought let’s do a dis­play and let’s go back as far as we can and find some that are re­ally old,’’ says Dal­tons Daisies mem­ber Shirley Frew.

‘‘I just wanted to give them (the au­di­ence) some­thing to think about, some­thing to en­joy.’’

The ear­li­est dress, which will be dis­play-only due to its frag­ile state, was made and worn in 1920, with the next ear­li­est from 1944 and up­wards from there to 1982, which will all be mod­elled.

The High Tea event is in its third year and also in­cludes the launch of the iconic Mata­mata 2017 cal­en­dar fea­tur­ing scenic im­ages from around the area, in­clud­ing Wairere Falls and im­ages from the CBD.

Cal­en­dars can be pur­chased at the event, from I-Site and Pohlen Foun­da­tion of­fice at Pohlen Hospi­tal (post Septem­ber 17).

All funds from the event will go to the Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust, to sup­port the build­ing of the new wing at the hospi­tal.

The High Tea has been well at­tended in pre­vi­ous years, sell­ing all 100 avail­able tick­ets and Dal­tons Daisies mem­ber Elaine Young says she ex­pects tick­ets will sell out again. Last year the event and cal­en­dars made $8500.

All the food and tea will be made, sup­plied and served by the hard work­ing group mem­bers of Dal­tons Daisies.

‘‘We have been told it’s the best high tea around, lovely food and in a very el­e­gant set­ting,’’ says Young.

The High Tea takes place in the Mata­mata Bi­ble Church cafe on Septem­ber 17 from 2.30pm. Tick­ets are $25 and are avail­able from the of­fice at Pohlen Hospi­tal from Au­gust 24.

‘‘The church has been very good to us, it’s a re­ally good fa­cil­ity.’’

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