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Tea raises funds for Blackburn Center

| Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 9:20 p.m.
Blackburn Center education specialist, Cindy Karstaedt, (center), joins Lay Life Mission Committee co-chairs, Ellie Bridge, (L), and Stephanie Albaugh, (R), at the tea to benefit the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Greensburg, held at the Christ United Church of Christ in Latrobe on Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2012. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

A tea to benefit the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence was held Sept. 16 in Christ United Church of Christ in Latrobe.

Member Ellie Bridge of Latrobe said she developed a heart for clients of the Greensburg-based organization years back when she helped staff its crisis hotline. Later, when the church's Lay Life Mission Committee was looking for a local mission to support, she thought it would be a natural fit.

The recent tea, the eighth hosted at the church, featured one table laden with finger sandwiches and cookies and another holding silent auction gift baskets. Guests also could purchase an array of mouth-watering desserts to take home. Cheesecake, anyone?

Guest speaker was Blackburn Center education specialistCindy Karstaedt.

Providing musical entertainment, in the form of show tunes and sacred songs, wereMolly Richards, Laurie Richards, Dawna Bates and the Rev.Augie Twigg. The quartet represented the Bethany Players of Bethany United Methodist Church of Latrobe.

Stephanie Albaugh served with Bridge as tea co-chairwoman. Committee members included Deb Stahl, Carolyn Stutzman, Alice Harr, Pam George and Elena Sillaman.

Also present were Ellie's hubby Joe and their son, the Rev.David Bridge, along withOra Dalton, Ellen Sautter, Karen McCullough, Ruth Campbell, Toni Straka, Paula Sucanic, Allison Luke, Connie Knupp, Stacie Knupp, MJ Knupp, Richard andSusan O'Donnell, Linda Nace and Tracy Brubaker.

— Shirley McMarlin

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