The tea is not only a wonderful time of reflection, it is also a fundraising opportunity for an outstanding local cause. Though centered on women, the greatness of the nonprofit cause is woven into the event.
The event coordinators set rigorous goals for attendance and fundraising. In our first two years, we reached those goals and outgrew the venues that sponsored us. We look forward to inspiring more women in 2013, and increasing the outcome for organizations whose work makes a lasting impact on our community.
A portion of every Diamond Tea ticket and a portion of raffle ticket sales benefit a local children’s education nonprofit or a local woman-in-need nonprofit.
Giving back to the community is an important part of the organization. The Diamond Tea is a community of women uncovering life’s purpose and passions through a collection of stories pinpointing a moment of self knowing, but we always look to enhance the people around us in our community.
By helping others we help ourselves and are better able to achieve our core mission of helping women discover happiness, success and guidance to achieve their passions in life.
Philanthropy has been a part of The Diamond Tea since the very beginning.
The organization, founded in 2008, began as an event to raise funding for their children’s school, Pacific Crest Academy in Camas, Washington.
That event transformed into the 2009 Benefit Tea. It brought together the women and the greater community – including the Fairgate Inn and more. The event attracted more than 95 women with English High Tea and wonderful speakers. The tickets and special appeal raised more than $7,000 for Pacific Crest Academy and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Women Build.
By 2010, the Benefit Tea grew to more than 225 women at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington. More than 15 local and women-owned businesses showcased their products and services to a group of women eager to shop. And, national keynote speaker Katie Harman Ebner inspired the women with her address, “The Extraordinary Measures of Ordinary Women.”
In-kind donations totaled more than $16,000, creating a phenomenal experience for everyone involved. The special appeal raised $4,000 for Pacific Crest Academy and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity Women Build.