Favourable spring weather shines on “Springtime Strawberry Tea” at Manoir du Lac

An abundance of sweet treats  on offer at the Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary tea and bake sale May 1
An abundance of sweet treats on offer at the Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary tea and bake sale May 1

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

The annual Springtime Strawberry Tea fundraiser put on by the Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary (NHLA) of Manoir du Lac was held from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday May 1.

Approximately 83 people attended the event that raised a total of $1,594.

All facets of the event contributed substantially to the overall outcome. The auction raised $362, the door brought in $430 while the principal attraction the bake sale raised $593.50.

There were also a number of door prizes and a 50/50 draw with the prize of $123.50 going to out-of-town couple Bob and Janet Butterfield who suggested that the money go into her mother’s account, Janet’s mother being a resident at the Manoir.

The money raised through the Ladies Auxiliary provides a number of services for the residents and equipment for the Manoir.

Some of the things the NHLA provides are $15 Christmas gifts for every resident, a birthday card and $5 for each birthday along with special treats for occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Easter.

The NHLA also sponsors two or three Thursday bingos each month, depending on how many Thursdays are in the month and it supports Monday bingos at $30 a month.

“We make sure that the recreation director has three or four hundred dollars for whatever she needs to do over the summer,” says event organizer Fran Forsythe. “Whatever we give her is all she has. We gave her $250 last year but we don’t think that was enough.”

The Ladies Auxiliary purchases equipment for Manoir du Lac as the need arises and is currently in the process of providing materials so the Manoir can do its own IVs at the nursing home.

“Right now it is costing $250 a trip over to the hospital to get that done,” says Forsythe. “If we have the equipment here the doctor or the nurse can come over and do it.”

This year the NHLA is also in the process of replacing the snack and soft drink vending machines.

Family members of Manoir du Lac residents, members of the NHLA and staff provided items for the Spring Strawberry Tea bake sale.

“Since I have been involved, this is one of the better Teas that we’ve had,” says Forsythe. “The weather cooperated, the turnout was wonderful and it turned out very well.”



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