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Fun and Fundraising at the Friends of the Library Annual Tea

A lively group turned out Sunday afternoon.

Fun and Fundraising at the Friends of the Library Annual Tea Fun and Fundraising at the Friends of the Library Annual Tea Fun and Fundraising at the Friends of the Library Annual Tea

The annual Friends of the Library Tea was sold out this Sunday at April 3 at the .

Guests were invited to bring their own china teacup and saucer from home.  The meeting room was transformed with tablecloths, center pieces, beautiful plates and napkins as well as a display of raffle prizes.  Han-made paper flower sconces adorned the walls, made by Friends member Karen Delotta.  

Many of the party-goers were Friends members although there were also outside guests.

Carolyn Stalfers is a member of the Friends of the Williston Park Library and heard of the New Hyde Park event.  

"These Friends of the Library events are important because of budget cuts," Stalfers said. "A nice event like this can raise several thousand dollars."

Friends President Pat Byrnes noted that last year the Friends group was able to donate over $7,000 to the library for various purchases and projects because of fundraising efforts.

Mary Troy, Friends member from New Hyde Park, commented on the raffle prizes saying,  "It would be nice to win the gift certificate to the ."

Florence Horton recently joined the Friends after having been a member of the book club for some time.  She enjoyed the homemade scones.

Lifetime Friends member Cathy Shor attended the Tea with her mother and brought matching china cups.  

"It's really a nice event," she said. "Everyone has a nice time, meeting other people from the community."

Byrnes noted that the annual Tea is always a popular event.  

"Each year we have to turn people away; tickets sell out very quickly," Byrnes said. "And all our raffle prizes are donated, many by our Friends members or from local merchants." 

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