A young organization called the Christian Community Action Charity League (CCACL) held their First Annual High Tea in April for approximately 185 people while helping many more.
This event, generously hosted by Royal Affairs Ballroom in Old Town Lewisville, resulted in rave reviews and a great time had by all. Women in attendance ranged in age from 4 to 104. The event provided an array of beautifully decorated tables, a silent auction, a lovely menu and sampling of three teas.
CCACL was honored to have Michelle McCreary, a renowned tea captain and specialist from Dallas, oversee the High Tea.
In addition to Royal Affairs and McCreary, those who generously donated to the event were Decanter Restaurant and Square One Café. Thanks to these contributors, the Charity League, although not a “fundraising organization” per se, was not only instrumental in getting the word out about the CCA and its role in the community as well as increasing its membership, it helped raise thousands of dollars for the organization in a single afternoon.
Just over a year ago Susan Gauthier, a resident of Flower Mound met with Pamela Ducas, Community Development Director at CCA, to discuss the needs of the community and how these needs might best be served. Finding herself at a place in her life with grown children and more time on her hands Susan, like so many other women, felt compelled to reach out and help those in need. But, how to best meet those needs was a question she had for Pamela. Together, they discussed the most effective way local women (or men), who had the time on their hands and the heart’s desire, could be more demonstrative and instrumental in helping CCA meet the ever-growing needs of the community.
With a list of names from Pamela, Susan contacted a small group of women who got together to form the Charity League with the sole purpose and mission of filling in where needed and helping spread the word about CCA and its efforts to help the disadvantaged in the area.
The first meeting was held in January 2010 with approximately 15 women in attendance. In just over one short year the group has grown exponentially, now boasting a membership of 80 or more and continues to grow each month. With such a growing membership in this short amount of time CCACL has found ways to plug in and help fill a great many needs in various areas.
One primary area of concern and great focus of the League is the Adopt-A-Shelf program. While the Food Pantry is generally stocked with canned goods and other foods by local drives and purchases from the North Texas Food Bank, the “Paper and Hygiene” shelf is not, and therefore keeping this shelf stocked remains a constant challenge. This shelf consists of diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene, household cleaning products, etc. The goal is to keep this shelf filled at all times to meet the needs of those who rely on the Food Pantry. Because of these shortages, each family, no matter the size, is permitted only two rolls of toilet paper per week when it is in stock. Many weeks this shelf is completely empty. The Charity League would love to see this change and is working to make sure this shelf remains stocked at all times.
In addition to adopting this shelf at the Food Pantry the League has been an instrumental part of the Back To School Store, The Christmas Store, The Prom Dress Drive, and involvement with The ReSale Stores.
If you are interested in being a part of CCACL please contact: Susan Gauthier at [email protected] or visit them at www.ccacharityleague.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/CCA-Charity-League/157454247599559.