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Tea Time for Charity

La Grange’s Blue Hydrangea Tea
grows in popularity

Event raises money, awareness
for ovarian cancer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (April 2014) – When La Grange business owner Cindy Adams planned a tea party seven years ago, she didn’t know the lasting effect it would have. A tea party is still being held in her honor, even though she is no longer able to join in the festivities.
Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2008, Adams decided to join a support group. Her involvement with Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky spurred her to create a local tea party that would educate individuals about ovarian cancer while providing support for each other.

Hydrangea

Photo courtesy of Barbara Edds

The Blue Hydrangea Tea attracts a large crowd of ladies to La Grange.

Adams was able to attend and enjoy the first Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party held in 2008. She died a year later on March 31, 2009, just before the second event was held.
“She owned the shop next door to us,” said Becky Kimbler, owner of Serendipity Cafe. “My mother and I worked closely with Cindy to put on the first one. Her daughter-in-law took over when it became too much for her.”
The seventh annual Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party is planned from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at participating businesses in La Grange. Advance tickets are $10 and $15 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased locally at Serendipity Café, The Old Oak Frame House, 1887 Corner Store, XRailsX, Fire It Up, The WOOFery, Rainy Day Resale and Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky,” said Linda Foster, a member of Discover Downtown La Grange, the entity organizing this event. “This is a national event,” she said. DDL merchants became involved from the beginning when Adams asked them to join.
“We continue to be involved in memory of Cindy, and we want to support a very good cause,” Foster said. At least 25 businesses are participating, and Kimbler said she hopes to raise that number to 30.
“We’ve spread from businesses on one block to four blocks,” said Kimbler. Anyone wanting to participate in the progressive tea should check in at the Rob Morris Educational Building on the Oldham County History Center campus. Participants will receive a tea cup and goody bag upon check in, plus 20 tickets to take around to each contributing business to taste tea and sample treats.
At Serendipity, Kimbler will serve iced blueberry tea and hand-made gourmet chocolate candy. All businesses will have giveaways. Health and wellness will play a major part in this event sponsored by Baptist Health La Grange. The Oldham County Health Department plans to set up at one location to provide screenings and monitor blood pressure.
Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky is part of the planning committee for this event. It promotes and sells tickets online and provides a table to educate attendees, said Elizabeth Jordan, OAK Program Director and Office Manager. The creation of OAK was the result of a gathering of women who had ovarian cancer and decided to hold monthly support group meetings. OAK was established in April 2001 by Jill Doimer and the late Judy Morris. Jordan’s own mother had ovarian cancer and joined OAK’s monthly support group.
“We have had six successful Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Events all held in Historic Downtown La Grange,” said Jordan. “In the last six years, we have brought in a minimum of $30,000.”
OAK plans local events such as hosting Lunch & Learn classes for high school students, nursing school students and local businesses across the state. It also teaches third-year medical students a program known as Survivors Teaching Students, or STS. It holds health fairs and festivals. In addition to The Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party, OAK also plans fundraisers such as the Annual Mary Cooper Memorial Golf Scramble, the Dee Edwards Annual Whisper Walk, Slice of Life Tasting & Silent Auction and Toast to Life Survivors Celebration Brunch at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.
The Blue Hydrangea Progressive Tea Party event brings to the forefront an “awareness of ovarian cancer,” said Kimbler. “Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. This event makes more women aware of that. For so many people, cancer has touched their lives in some way, whether they have battled it and won or lost.”
Kimbler said approximately 300-400 people attend this event every year, the majority being women. From now until event time, Kimbler is holding a Tea Cup Roundup to collect tea cups for the progressive tea. Those wishing to donate cups can stop by her business at 116 E. Main St. in La Grange. XRailsX restaurant, usually closed on Sundays, will be open for lunch the day of the event.

• To register online or for more information about OAK, visit: www.oakky.org or call (502) 708-1625. Contact Discover Downtown La Grange at (502) 269-0126.

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