West Newton Library fundraiser planned
The West Newton Public Library is a cause so close to Emma Jean Pritchard's heart that she donated her own backyard for an event to raise money for it.
The 92-year-old West Newton resident will host “Tea on Broadway,” an outdoor tea party fundraiser at noon Sept. 21.
“We're just so proud of her taking the challenge and doing something for ... the library,” said Marlene Yurkovich, a library board member who's helping to plan the event. “To do something for the library is just amazing.”
Proceeds will benefit the volunteer-run library along North Water Street. This is the first tea party fundraiser for the library, Yurkovich said.
At the afternoon event, guests can admire the plants Pritchard tends — hostas, begonias, geraniums, petunias, gerbera daisies — while enjoying a lunch including sandwiches, molded salad, nut bread and cookies.
Entertainment will include performances by a musician and a singer. The event will feature door prizes and a 50-50.
Hats and gloves are optional attire for the tea party.
Tickets, which are limited and must be purchased in advance, cost $20.
In case of rain, the event will be held at Gary's Chuckwagon restaurant in West Newton.
“Mrs. Pritchard said, ‘I'd like to have a tea for the library,' ” Yurkovich said. “She had it all planned and everything, and we're just following her lead.”
Pritchard, a former library board member, suggested the event after hearing that the library board was discussing fundraising ideas.
“I've always been very community-minded,” Pritchard said. “Volunteerism is dying, and (I) don't want it to die.”
Pritchard is the type to make lists and write down plans, Yurkovich said, praising her kind-hearted spirit, generosity and work ethic.
“A very generous heart for her to take this on,” Yurkovich said. “We were speechless that she was willing to do that.”
Rossilynne Skena is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or email@example.com.
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