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Fashion to a Tea set for Oct. 25 in Port Charlotte

Guardian ad Litem Foundation - Fashion to a TeaThe Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, will host its fourth annual Fashion to a Tea fundraising event on Oct. 25 in Port Charlotte, where fashionistas of all ages will gather for a fashion show and elegant high tea luncheon.

This year, Fashion to a Tea’s volunteer models will be sporting cocktail and party dresses, formal wear, business attire, casual wear and athletic apparel provided by Anthony’s Ladies Apparel in Punta Gorda.  Models will be the foundation’s very own Guardian ad Litem Volunteers, board members and supporters.

“Fashion to a Tea sells out every year, and because we had to cancel the event last fall after Hurricane Ian, we’re expecting tickets to sell quickly,” said Jessica Stanfield, executive director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation. “This event unofficially serves as a kickoff to season, so our attendees always enjoy reconnecting with fellow fashionistas to check out the latest trends and styles for women of all ages.”

Fashion to a Tea will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, 4400 Lister St. in Port Charlotte.

Tickets are $55 per person and include a luncheon, fashion show, silent auction and fun surprises. Guests are encouraged to wear hats that complement the high tea environment. Sponsorships start at $500 and include event tickets, marketing opportunities and public recognition during the event.

Proceeds from Fashion to a Tea support programs for children and teens who have been abused, neglected or abandoned as they navigate the judicial and child welfare systems. Court-appointed volunteer child advocates can request funds through the Children’s Needs Program to cover expenses that foster parents and guardians are unable or unwilling to cover, including birthday parties, tutoring, summer camp programs, movie tickets and registration fees for clubs and sports. Funds also support Beds for Kids, a program that provides bed frames, mattresses, pillows, linens and stuffed animals so caregivers can provide a safe, comfortable home for children.

To purchase tickets, secure sponsorships or donate items to the silent auction, please call 239-245-7787 or visit VoicesForKids.org/fashion-to-a-tea/.

About the Guardian ad Litem Foundation

The Guardian ad Litem Foundation, 20th Judicial Circuit, was established in 1984 and is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Guardian ad Litem programs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation, a United Way Partner Agency, has a mission of ensuring that every abused, neglected or abandoned youth in Southwest Florida has a voice as they navigate the judicial, education and child welfare system. The Foundation raises funds that help meet a child’s health, educational and social needs, as well as provides support for highly trained volunteer advocates who represent the best interests of a child until a safe, permanent placement is established. For additional information, visit VoicesForKids.org or call 239-533-1435.

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