Young families benefit from community-supported tea

Among the guests at the tea are two young families who were helped at the center, from left, Jenna Reeder with daughter Lily, and Jessica Helling with sons Milo and Oliver. Lucette Moramarco photos

Although it was a rainy day May 6, the Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center Hats in the Garden Tea and Auction filled the Fallbrook Community Center with warmth and friendly chatter.

A total of 138 guests took part in a spirited competition for gift baskets and works of art and hats in the silent auction, all to raise much needed funds for the center. They also enjoyed an amazing menu of both sweet and savory tea fare, prepared by volunteer caterer Trish Rivera, as well as music by Windsong with Mishel Kocheran and Kathleen Melonakos.

Executive director Carolyn Koole said, “Our speaker for the tea this year was Julie Reeder, who is like family to us at the center. We thank her for expressing her gratitude for the powerful work accomplished by volunteers at the center impacting the futures of those who we love and serve.”

Koole added, “We are grateful for the 90 or more members of the Fallbrook and surrounding communities who came together to provide such amazing items for the auction; all to support the vulnerable populations that we serve, single moms and preborn children.”

Some of the guests have attended all of the center’s tea fundraisers over the past three years and look forward to coming each year. Funds raised from the 138 baskets and/or art auction items donated will be used to provide resources such as diapers and baby beds and educational programming.

With 50 babies born to moms in the program in 2016, there are always unmet needs at the center. The average age of mothers attending the center’s programs is between 18 and 24, but there are also grandmothers, taking care of grandchildren, attending programs.

As of May 15, center staff were still tallying numbers with some baskets still available or not picked up. The current amount raised at that time was about $10,000. For more information about the programs available at Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center, see or call (760) 728-4105. The center is temporary located at 221 N. Pico Ave. while its home on Hawthorne Street is being renovated.

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