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Afternoon tea delights donors

In July 2018, Lifespace Foundation Director Amy Brainard was busy writing thank-you notes to donors when she stumbled upon a curious pattern. The Library Fund at The Waterford in Juno Beach, Florida, had received an outpouring of gifts from nearly 40 residents who contributed varying amounts around the same time, seemingly out of nowhere.

“It’s extraordinary to have that many gifts to the Library Fund, so I wanted to do something special to show gratitude for their generosity,” Brainard said, noting that the fund helps provide reading materials for residents at The Waterford. She contacted the community to brainstorm ideas, and they settled on hosting a special donors-only Afternoon Tea event.

In addition to personal invitations to all donors in 2018 to any Foundation fund at The Waterford, the event featured beautiful place settings and custom flower arrangements by a resident. Thomas Cuisine Management served savory desserts and hors d’oeuvres to accompany the hot beverages. This quintessential British pastime was by all accounts a big hit.