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National Charity League members Beth Ann Casstevens and Anna Acenbrak helped to serve tea and punch to the attendees of the annual Mother-Daughter Tea. Casstevens and Acenbrak are juniors at Roswell High School. (click for larger version)
December 17, 2010
Roswell – Some 130 members of the National Charity League, Inc. Gardenia Chapter, which encompasses North Fulton, East Cobb and parts of Cherokee counties, attended the annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the East Hampton subdivision clubhouse in Marietta last month.

The tea is a NCL tradition from the early days, when an afternoon tea was considered a proper social event. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as create new ones with the changing times. The Mother-Daughter Tea remains an important Gardenia Chapter activity, and it also has a functional purpose.

"The daughters played an integral role in organizing and implementing the event, which carried a black, white and pink theme," said Allison Wagasky, Gardenia Chapter president. "They helped to decorate the clubhouse, make the cucumber sandwiches, cookies and other food items and serve the tea and punch."

Each family donated packages of diapers and baby wipes to support the mission of North Fulton Community Charities in Roswell. In total, the Gardenia Chapter collected 4,082 individual diapers and 7,638 baby wipes during the tea.

"Last year, NFCC helped almost 2,000 children under the age of 4, and most of those families requested diapers and wipes," said Kevin Tracy, volunteer coordinator for NFCC. "Diapers are expensive, and they are the most requested food pantry item by parents of young children. With over 4,000 diapers collected we will be able to help more than 200 families. Our diaper supplies had gotten very low, so this donation is greatly appreciated."

The National Charity League Gardenia Chapter was founded in 2007. Today, the chapter has 198 members, serves 13 local philanthropies in Cobb, North Fulton, and Forsyth counties and donates hundreds of hours to their local community each year. 

NCL fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. For information about the National Charity League, Inc., Gardenia Chapter, visit www.nclgardenia.org.

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