The Richmond Register

November 5, 2012

Holiday tea party to benefit Liberty Place

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women will host its annual Holiday Tea on Saturday at 1:30 at the center, located at 218 Lake St.

Tickets are $20 each. Groups of up to eight people can reserve a table together by purchasing a whole table for $160. 

This unique event will feature a traditional afternoon tea, decorated table auction, silent auction and vintage tea shoppe.

Liberty Place is a long-term substance abuse recovery program for women which provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This program works to restore opportunities to women by preparing them to lead sober, stable and productive lives. Services provided are free of charge to clients, said Karen Bailey, Foothills’ public information and projects director.

“A portion of the proceeds will go into the residents’ events budget, which will allow them to attend special activities and training, such as AA conferences,” Bailey said. “The rest of the money raised will allow us to purchase program supplies.”

During the tea, a Peer Mentor/Program Graduate will speak to the group about her experience at Liberty Place. Peer mentors work to help other clients in the program. Peer mentors are still in recovery themselves, but are further along in the healing process. 

“This is an exciting time of the year,” Bailey said. “During this time people are lending a hand and reaching out to those less fortunate. Our residents don’t get to go home for the holidays. This is a very tough time for them. We want the community to show them that they are supported and that they are being encouraged to get well. We also hope to raise awareness of substance abuse. This event will serve as an excellent way for someone who has wanted to support or visit Liberty Place that hasn’t yet.” 

This year’s tea will offer two ways for people who do not attend the tea to participate. The silent auction and vintage tea shoppe will be open to the public from noon-2 p.m. Some of the silent auction items include a digital camera, Apple iPod, gift baskets and various other items. 

For details, contact Jeri Allison, Liberty Place Director at 625-0104 or Karen Bailey, Foothills’ Public Information Director at 624-2046, Ext. 217.