Zonta Christmas Tea supports missions

The Zonta Club held their Christmas Tea Fundraiser at the Brown-Pusey House on Sunday, Dec. 5.

“Zonta members were excited to hold the event, which was cancelled last year due to COVID concerns, and very pleased with the success of the event,” said club President Linda Funk. “The Club continued, even with the challenges of COVID, to meet monthly and support local programs as well as contribute to the Zonta Foundation for a number of international initiatives and continued awarding scholarship monies, but without the Christmas Tea these efforts would be seriously hindered.”

The fundraiser makes it possible for the Club to support local programs including Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services; SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program; Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland; Hardin County Schools Early Learning program for new parents; and school resource centers.

The tea featured lots of tasty finger food items, a visit from Mrs. Claus portrayed by Maria Batistoni and reading of a Christmas Story, along with a silent auction and, of course, Christmas Tea. An added treat during the event is violin Christmas music played by the talented Cathy Pyrek. Guests also learned more about the mission of Zonta.

The fundraiser supports two club scholarships, the Amelia Earhart and the Non-Traditional scholarships. The Amelia Earhart is geared for high school girls with college plans for degrees in the sciences or medicine, and is distributed in the spring. The Non-Traditional grant, awarded during the Tea, is to assist women who are re-entering the college scene and may have added responsibilities of family and work making higher education more of a challenge. This years $1,000 Non-Traditional scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Counsil. Rebecca has returned to school to study Radiography with the goal to become a radiologist technician.

Additionally, in recognition of Zonta “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” a contribution was made to SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program. Tanya Thomas, SpringHaven executive director, was presented 19 $25 gift certificates to be given to women at the shelter to be used as needed for Christmas.

The Zonta Club of Elizabethtown, as well as other clubs. sponsor various scholarships and awards for young women pursuing careers in engineering and science, business management, leadership in technology, and public affairs, as well as promoting equality and safety for women locally and worldwide.

Zonta’s Mission is to address, locally and internationally, issues of fairness and equality for women, girls and children academically and in the workplace along with advocating against gender-based violence, child marriage and human trafficking. Zonta is part of Zonta International with membership of like-minded professionals from diverse countries and cultures.

For more information about Zonta, go to zontainternational.org or on Facebook at Zonta Club of Elizabethtown. For membership inquiries, call Lee Ann Caudill at 270-900-0645.

Meetings are the fourth Thursday evening at Shoney’s restaurant with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m. The 2022 meeting schedule starts Feb. 24.