Archbold Auxiliary Hosts 54th Annual Tea

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Archbold Auxiliary Hosts 54th Annual Tea

Monday, April 15, 2013

The 2013 Archbold Auxiliary Tea is set for Wednesday, April 17 from 3 to 6 pm at the Thomasville home of Bob and Kathy Veltman Koon, also known as the former Scott House.

Since 1960, the Archbold Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has hosted the Annual Tea as a fundraising opportunity for the community to help support important projects that positively impact healthcare in our region.

“The Tea is a reflection of the Auxiliary's support for Archbold Memorial Hospital,” said Mary Mustian, chair of the 2013 Tea. “The Auxiliary Tea is unique because it has become part of Thomasville's culture. It’s fun to see unique homes and it supports a very important cause—healthcare in our community.” 

And according to the homeowner, the location of this year's Tea is rich in local history.

"Many people in town are familiar with the home and knew the family who built it and lived here for many years,” said homeowner Kathy Veltman Koon. “In fact, many people in Thomasville remember playing in the home as children.”

The Koon’s home was built in 1938 by Mr. and Mrs. W. Fred Scott, Sr. (Elva Holman Scott). S. Ralph Fetner, AIA, of Jacksonville and brother-in-law to Fred Scott, designed the home.

Koon said Mrs. Scott was referred to by community members as Grandma Elva, and she passed away in the home at age 93.

The Scott Family and Scott Construction Company were generous supporters of the Archbold Foundation. W. Fred Scott, Sr., served on the Archbold Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and Mr. and Mrs. W. Fred Scott, Jr. (Fred and Mary Andrews Scott) both served on Archbold boards as well. Mary Scott was an Archbold Auxilian, and she chaired and co-chaired several Auxiliary Teas.

The three story brick home, which was renovated after the Koons purchased it six years ago, is known as the first home in Georgia to have an asphalt driveway and the first home in Thomasville to have air conditioning.

“We managed to keep many of the original features that give the home its charm and character that we fell in love with,” said Koon.

The kitchen and bathrooms were completely remodeled with an attempt to keep the authentic look. Some of the homes original features that remain include traditional wood floors, beautiful chandeliers and the original staircase. The third floor has original all pine floors and ceilings. It was previously used for storage, but the Koon family now uses it for a recreation room.

Nearly the entire home will be open to the public during this year's Tea.

"We are thrilled for the community to come and tour our home," said Koon. "It has made us so happy to be part of this community and to know that our home is an important part of Thomasville history."

Guests will be treated to a personal tour of the Koon’s home, located at 200 Myrtle Drive. 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 from this year's Tea will go to a designated Archbold Foundation account that helps cover the cost of a mammogram for those unable to afford one.

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