Char-Tea 2019

The third annual Chari-Tea embodies Payson Senior Center's motto is 'Embracing Life Together.' Tickets are available online at or at the center, 514 W. Main Street, Payson, AZ

If you’re planning to attend the third annual Chari-Tea High Tea with Friends event June 9 and don’t have your ticket yet, hurry. The event is almost sold out.

“People purchase whole tables so Meals on Wheels recipients can come out,” said Susan Kammerman, Senior Center director of operations. “Our Meals on Wheels drivers pick them up and bring them to the center.”

This year’s event benefits all the center’s programs, including Meals on Wheels.

“One-hundred percent of the proceeds goes to our programs,” said Kammerman. “Employees are also donating their time for the event. The only real expense we have is the food.”

And the food is going to be delicious, she said.

Leoni Dobbins is volunteering to bake several items.

There will also be a silent auction, raffle and a gift table. Garry McReynolds will provide live music for the event.

“We have some really incredible things this year,” said Kammerman.

“We have gift baskets and two golf certificates to Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club,” said Laura Marlowe, program and volunteer coordinator, “gift certificates to local restaurants, tea, wine and even doggie baskets.”

There will also be a photo booth.

The gift table will offer a variety of options like two meals for the homebound or 10 senior rides on the Senior Express. Certificates for meals at the Senior Center will also be available.

Debbie Stephens, director of marketing and development, said she coined the phrase “friendraiser” for the fundraiser because it’s a great way to make new friends.

Last year, the Chari-Tea event raised $2,000; this year they hope to raise $3,000.

Payson Senior Center’s programs include Meals on Wheels, Lunch at the Center, Senior Express bus service, Beeline Bus Service and the Trinkets and Treasures resale shop.

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