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Jamaica Gleaner / Let’s ‘pay’ tea party


Hats fitting for tea with the Queen or for turning heads as you walk up the church aisle and others that were more of an acquired taste flooded the St Hugh’s Alumnae Association of South Florida (SHAAFL) Swansation Tea Party last Saturday afternoon.

The ladies of St Hugh’s took control of the auditorium at the Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines and made their presence felt.

While celebrating the launch of one of their sister, Karen Smith’s new album Rush , they were there to make money for their little sisters, and did so by encouraging camaraderie and fellowship. It was obvious they had plans to outpace previous fundraisers with their returns, having firsthand knowledge of how far the US$55,000 donated over the last five years had gone.

“We fund a hot breakfast, lunch, transportation, school and exam fees for those students whose families cannot provide support,” said SHAAFL president, Karen Lee Murphy.

The SHAAFL president also recognised the work of Karen Smith, who she said found the time each year to perform at their fundraiser. Smith delivered a scintillating performing, booking an automatic return in 2018.

She had the audience on its feet as she pulled from an impressive compilation that included mento, soul and reggae.

SHAAFL has been in existence for 27 years, and their tea parties have always hit the spot, making it a must-attend calendar event.

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