Archbold Auxiliary Hosts 53rd Annual Tea

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Archbold Auxiliary Hosts 53rd Annual Tea

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Thomasville Tradition

Archbold Auxiliary Hosts 53rd Annual Tea

Spring is in full bloom, just in time for the annual Archbold Auxiliary Tea.

Dr. Richard and Mrs. MaryGrace Murphy of Thomasville, Georgia, will host the 53rd annual Auxiliary Tea at their Gordon Avenue neo-classical style home on Wednesday, April 18th from 3 to 6 p.m.

“With both of our families native to Thomasville we both take a lot of pride in our home town,” said MaryGrace Murphy. “We are so thrilled and honored to be hosting the Tea at our home this year.”

Proceeds from this year’s Tea will be designated for the surgery family waiting area in Archbold’s new North Tower.

“Over the years, the Auxiliary Tea has funded many hospital projects designed to meet the needs of not only patients, but patients’ family members as well,” said Michelle Collins, director of volunteer services at Archbold.” In years past, the Tea has helped fund construction and furnishing of family waiting areas in the East Tower and a family lounge in the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center. The family plays an important role in the recovery of patients, and we want our visitors to be comfortable while they wait to hear of the surgical progress of their loved ones.”

Preserving the History, While Making it Their Own
The Murphy’s home was originally built as a one-story bungalow in 1902 by T.E. Amason for Frances Hopkins Titus and Judge Theodore Titus, Sr. In 1903 the home was completely  remodeled to add a second floor. The Titus family occupied the residence until 1956, when the house was sold to Marthalene and Jasper Claud Davis, Jr. The Davis family lived in the home for four decades, remodeling along the way to accommodate their growing family. In 2002 ownership was passed to Dr. Murphy who was married to MaryGrace Bannister in 2010.

The Murphys began their own renovations in March 2009, and renovated for a total of 20 months.

“We tried very hard to keep the house as close to what it has always been while updating it to become a modern-day family home,” said Murphy. “While making it our new home, we were able to preserve many of the wonderful characteristics of the house.”

Upon entering, guests are greeted by the first of many original design elements found throughout the home—the Murphy’s front door. The entryway was created from original pine support floor beams that were removed from beneath the house during the Murphy’s renovation.

The home’s beautiful original hardwoods floors lead guests through the modernly decorated one-hundred ten year old home.

The breakfast table, also made from original floor support beams, was a wedding gift from Cornerstone Builders, the contractor who performed the remodel. An iron fence decorating the back yard was original to the house, and surrounded the Davis family’s swimming pool. A chimney, constructed of old bricks from the house’s original chimney, was added to the back of the home and connects to one of the two fireplaces and mantels, both of which are original features.

During the nearly two-year remodel, the Murphys converted the second floor from six bedrooms to three, added a master suite, family room, laundry room, mudroom, trophy room and garage with a guest house.

One of the most visible additions was a back porch that complements the original façade of the home’s exterior. Complete with a large sitting area and outdoor kitchen, the entertainment destination overlooks the Murphy’s new swimming pool.

The Auxiliary Tea
The Archbold Auxiliary and the Murphys invite the community to celebrate the 53rd annual Tea.
Guests will be treated to a personal tour of the Murphy’s home. Light hors d’oeuvres and tea will be served on the beautiful grounds. A shuttle will be available from designated parking areas.

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.

For more information on the Auxiliary Tea, call Archbold Marketing and Public Relations at (229) 227-5140.