Fun Way To Help Raise Funds

Leoni Dobbins and Vicki Gault launched Chari-Tea last month. The idea debuted May 30 with a fund-raising three-course, afternoon tea for Time Out, Inc. Angeline Ng (above) played the piano for the two-hour event.

Leoni Dobbins and Vicki Gault launched Chari-Tea last month. The idea debuted May 30 with a fund-raising three-course, afternoon tea for Time Out, Inc. Angeline Ng (above) played the piano for the two-hour event.

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Two industrious Rim Country women have hit upon an idea to help area non-profit groups in need of extra financial assistance.

Leoni Dobbins and Vicki Gault launched Chari-Tea last month. The idea debuted May 30 with a fund-raising three-course, afternoon tea for Time Out, Inc.

Dobbins said the generous participants in the first Chari-Tea donated $500 for the shelter and other services provided to victims of domestic abuse.

“We decided that we wanted to do community work in Payson and thought it should be something we enjoyed doing,” Dobbins explained.

Friends offered to help. Dobbins and Gault are thankful for the assistance provided by: Angeline Ng, who played the piano beautifully for two hours; Tracy Boyle, who supplied flowers from her garden; Karin Gilbert, who took photos, helped serve and loaned chairs; Gary Thomas of First Light Recording Studio; Lorien Partridge of Ancient Healing Massage, who took photos and served; Karen Ogulewicz, facilitator and server; Mary-Ann Gardener, general helper; Roy Dobbins; Daniel and Cindy Bryant of Healthy Perspectives, who loaned equipment; and Terry Steely, formerly of My Sister’s Bakery, who loaned equipment.

“The first Chari-Tea was declared a great success by the guests, who said they would love to come to the next event,” Dobbins said.

To learn more about scheduling a Chari-Tea to raise funds for your non-profit group, call Dobbins at (928) 978-1782, after 5 p.m.

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