The Cox Monett Hospital Auxiliary hosted its inaugural Pink Tea on Saturday and used the festive occassion to raise money for the CoxHealth Foundation Breast Cancer Fund for women in Barry and Lawrence counties.
The event was held at the First United Methodist Church in Monett with 19 hostesses and over 150 guests in attendance. Each table was decorated with a theme, and many of the hostesses brought out heirloom China and tea services to treat their guests to a memorable luncheon event.
Carmen Jenkins, a breast cancer survivor from Monett who co-founded the Breast Friends Support Group that meets monthly at the hospital, was the guest speaker at the tea and spoke about her two-year battle with cancer.
"I learned you live a productive life with cancer," said Jenkins. "I learned how to accept help from other people . . . I learned how to see God working."
Entertainment was provided by Cassie Pachner, who played the violin, with piano accompaniment by her mother Ronda Pachner. A hat contest was also held, and Cox Monett Auxiliary members performed a closing musical number to round out the tea.
"We have the hardest working Auxiliary," said Janell Patton, Cox Monett Hospital's director of community relations and volunteer services. "This year, the Auxiliary has given close to $20,000 to the hospital, including educational supplies, geriatic chairs and rolling blood pressure monitors. Whatever the department heads have needed, the Auxiliary has given them."
Patton and Auxiliary President Sharon Burke also commended Auxiliary members on their selection as the 2009 Missouri Hospital Association's Auxiliary of the Year.
"We're small but mighty," said Burke. "And we could always use more volunteers."
Hostesses at the Pink Tea included: Jennifer Kilgore, Kyla Jenkins, Marianne Metz, Florene Towers, Joanne Coufal, Barbara Huffman, Annalee Huntress, Carol Kay, Ella Harris, Marian Merritt, Pam Foland, Vicki Orr, Nancy Ridgley, Brenda Davis, Terre Costley, Judy Flehmer, Janell Patton, Carleen Shanks and Heidi Henderson.
Special recognition was given to Wickman Gardens, Boucher's Plant Farm, Schreiber Foods, Tyson Foods and First United Methodist Church for their support of the Pink Tea.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Cox Monett Hospital and joining the award-winning Cox Monett Auxiliary can contact Patton at 354-1409.