Zonta Christmas Tea supports missions
The Zonta Club held their Christmas Tea Fundraiser at the Brown-Pusey House on Sunday, December 5.
“Zonta members were excited to host the event, which was canceled last year due to COVID concerns, and very pleased with the success of the event,” said club president Linda Funk. “The Club continued, even with the challenges of COVID, meeting monthly and supporting local programs, as well as contributing to the Zonta Foundation for a number of international initiatives and continued to award scholarship money, but without Christmas Tea these efforts would be undermined. seriously hampered. .”
Fundraising makes it possible for the Club to support local programs including Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services; SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program; Feeding America, the heart of Kentucky; Hardin County Schools Early Learning Program for new parents; and school resource centers.
The tea featured a host of tasty nibbles, a visit from Mrs Claus played by Maria Batistoni and a Christmas Carol reading, along with a silent auction and of course Christmas Tea. An additional treat during the event is Christmas violin music performed by the talented Cathy Pyrek. Guests also learned more about Zonta’s mission.
Fundraising supports two club scholarships, the Amelia Earhart Scholarships and the Non-Traditional Scholarships. The Amelia Earhart is aimed at high school girls with college plans for a science or medical degree, and is distributed in the spring. The non-traditional grant, awarded over tea, is to help women who are re-entering the university scene and may have additional family and work responsibilities, making higher education more challenging. This year a $1,000 non-traditional scholarship was awarded to the Rebecca Council. Rebecca has returned to school to study radiography with the goal of becoming a radiology technician.
Additionally, in recognition of Zonta’s “16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence,” a contribution was made to the SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program. Tanya Thomas, executive director of SpringHaven, received 19 $25 gift certificates to be given to women at the shelter to be used as needed for Christmas.
The Zonta Club of Elizabethtown, as well as other clubs. sponsor various scholarships and awards for young women pursuing careers in engineering and science, business management, technology leadership, and public affairs, as well as promote women’s equality and safety locally and globally.
Zonta’s mission is to address, locally and internationally, issues of justice and equality for women, girls, and boys in academia and the workplace, as well as advocating against gender-based violence, child marriage, and human trafficking. Zonta is part of Zonta International with a membership of like-minded professionals from various countries and cultures.
For more information about Zonta, visit zontainternational.org or on Facebook at Zonta Club of Elizabethtown. For membership inquiries, please call Lee Ann Caudill at 270-900-0645.
Meetings are the fourth Thursday night at Shoney’s Restaurant with dinner at 5:30 pm and meeting at 6 pm The 2022 meeting schedule begins on February 24.