Attendees at the 2013 High Tea enjoy an afternoon of fun, food and fashion. The fundraiser benefits Sertoma Centre, Inc., and the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center. | Supplied photo
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What: Fifth Annual High Tea to benefit Sertoma Centre, Inc., and the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center
When: 11 a.m. June 4
Where: Crystal Tree Country Club, 10700 W. 153rd St., Orland Park
Information: Reservations required. Visit www.sertomacenter.org or call
Cost: $40 per person
Etc.: For more information about Sertoma Centre, Inc., visit sertomacentre.org. For more information about the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center, visit
Updated: June 28, 2014 6:04AM
Women in hats are especially welcome at the upcoming Fifth Annual High Tea in Orland Park, jointly hosted by Sertoma Centre, Inc., and the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center.
“You don’t have to wear a hat, but lots of women do,” said Amy Chmura, Sertoma Centre’s director of advancement and communications. “We’re actually doing a hat contest this year for the most unusual and creative hat.”
The contest is one of many experiences for “women of all ages” scheduled for the event at Crystal Tree Country Club on June 4, Chmura said.
Guests who arrive at 11 a.m. will have an hour to shop at more than a dozen vendor booths catering to women’s tastes.
A traditional high tea will begin at noon with scones, tea sandwiches, petit fours and fresh fruit and a variety of teas and a glass of champagne. Attendees will be entertained by harpist Amy Lee and a walking fashion show of models in summer clothing from Funkie Fashion in Palos Park.
Chmura said the main entertainment this year will be comedienne Tracy DeGraaf, author of “Laugh Anyway Mom.”
Reservations are required for the event.
Last year’s attendance, “the largest crowd” to date with about 170 women, represented about 50 women more than the previous year, Chmura said, calling it “an event that just keeps growing.
“It’s a great way to interact with other women, network and support two charities in the area,” Chmura said.
Sertoma Centre, Inc., and the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center both are nonprofits begun by the Sertoma Club service organization 40 years ago.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will equally benefit the two organizations.
The Sertoma Centre offers day care facilities and assistance with school transition, community employment opportunities and life skills to 725 adult individuals with developmental, physical and social disabilities and mental illness. The organization serves about 45 different suburbs and parts of the South Side of Chicago at its two locations in Alsip and one in Matteson.
The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center offers speech and hearing health care to all ages regardless of the ability to pay for services, according to its website. The Center has locations in Homewood, Palos Hills and Romeoville.