Archbold Auxiliary 52nd Annual Tea at Spring Creek Farms
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
When Spring Creek Farms in Boston, Georgia, was chosen to be the “home” of the 52nd Annual Archbold Auxiliary Tea, homeowner (and now hostess) Lila Jones was shocked.
“The Archbold Auxiliary Tea has become an institution in our community. I’ve attended many in my lifetime and looked forward to it every year,” said Jones. “The invitation to host this event floored me. It’s truly an honor to be able to host the Tea; and I’m so blessed to be able to give back in this way to the medical community in Thomasville, the community that ‘raised’ me.”
Proceeds from this year’s Tea will benefit the community resource center at the Oncology Center, “a peaceful environment for cancer patients and families to relax, learn and heal throughout their diagnosis and treatment,” said Sue Garfield, Archbold Auxiliary President.
“Over the years, the Auxiliary Tea has funded many hospital projects including construction and furnishing of family waiting areas in the East Tower and a Family Lounge at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center.”
In addition to providing a comforting atmosphere, the new resource center at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology center will provide patients and caregivers with accurate, reliable information to help them make informed decisions concerning their cancer care. Through the use of educational materials, videos and internet access, patients and families will be better able to cope with cancer diagnosis and its treatment.
Patients can also be connected with support groups and exercise programs as well as other services to help in the healing process such as chemotherapy education classes, cosmetic demonstrations, nutrition information and demonstrations, and a monthly survivorship series.
The Auxiliary Tea is always open to the general public, but guests are encouraged to make a donation to support the work of the Auxiliary. The majority of money raised each year comes from the donations of individual friends and supporters of the Auxiliary and the Archbold Memorial Hospital. Funds raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a grant from the Adrian and Jessie Archbold Charitable Trust.
Tea attendees will experience how personal the home is to the family through every intricate, hand selected piece of furniture and fabric in the house.
“It is only by the grace of God that we have been provided such a magnificent property,” said Jones. Thus upon completion in 2008 their home’s name was engraved on the front steps: Amazing Grace.
An angelic choir of cherubs looks over those entering while a lofty and glittering, chandelier from the Dominican Republic crowns the double curved stair in the grand entry.
The dining room showcases two coastal bird paintings by Tom Tiffin, a personal friend of Mrs. Jones from St. George Island, Florida. Named by the artist’s mother, they are appropriately titled “Amazing Grace” and “How Sweet the Sound”.
Guests will be treated to a personal tour of Spring Creek Farms including an eight stall stable complete with the family’s Tennessee Walkers, as well as the pond house, the original pool house, which was moved across the pond when Amazing Grace was built.
Light hors d’oeuvres and tea will be served on the beautiful grounds. There will be a shuttle available for guests that require assistance.
The Auxiliary invites the community to celebrate the 52nd annual Tea on Wednesday, April 20, from 3-6 p.m. at Spring Creek Farms, 751 Hallman Road, Boston, Georgia. For more information on the Auxiliary Tea call Archbold Marketing and Public Relations at (229) 227-5140.