Attendees of the annual Hosparus Health of Central Kentucky Tea and Auction will be able to sip, bid and decorate for a good cause next month at Pritchard Com­­mu­nity Center in Elizabethtown.

A tradition for nearly three decades for the organization, the event is from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23.

Tea will be served by a staff of waiters comprised of local celebrities. Event organizer Ginny Whitt said some members of the wait staff include Hardin County Sheriff John Ward, Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young and Hardin County Deputy Judge-Executive Daniel London. All wait staff tips go directly to Hosparus.

“It’s always a fun day for our attendees interacting with our celebrity waiters,” Whitt said.

The event includes the annual table decorating competition, with this year’s theme being “diamonds and denim.” Items needed for decorating include a centerpiece, decorations for a round table, plates, tea cups, saucers or mugs, water glasses, forks and spoons. Hosparus provides a white table cloth, white linen napkins and sugar.

“As always, I expect the tables will be over the top,” Whitt said.

Contestants are judged in individual and business groups. Each group will be judged in four categories: most elegant, most original, best use of theme and most humorous. Decorating is from 3 to 5 p.m. March 22 or from 8 to 11 a.m. March 23. Decorations must be completed by 11 a.m. March 23.

“The winner receives a little trophy, but bragging rights for a year,” Whitt said.

The event also includes live and silent auctions. Hardin County Chief Emergency Ser­vices Officer Bryce Shumate will serve as master of ceremonies and Bruce Reeves will serve as auctioneer.

All proceeds will go toward Hosparus’ mission of providing end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and their families. The organization serves Hardin, LaRue, Breckinridge, Meade and Grayson counties.

Whitt said $35,000 was raised for the cause through last year’s event.

“Money we raise helps terminally ill patients and families with care and support in the last stages of life as well as our Korageous Kids program and grief counseling,” she said. “Hosparus is a huge support to the family as well as the patient. The earlier the call, the more we can help.”

Whitt said those looking to help with the fundraiser by decorating a table, volunteering the day of the event, donating an auction item or providing sponsorship should contact her office.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person and the registration deadline is March 8. To register for the event, go to hosparushealth.org/donate/special-fundraising-events.html. To volunteer, call Whitt at 270-737-6300.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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