Macy Elizabeth Gueldner
Macy Elizabeth Gueldner will crowned the 11th Princess of the Tiara Tea Society on October 5, 2013. Macy is 4 years old and was born with Down syndrome. She had open heart surgery at 4 months. For two years, it seemed Macy’s health issues were over and dealing with Downs was a challenge but not life endangering. Then last October, Macy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Now Macy and her family shuttle between St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., to take weekly chemotherapy for the next two years.
We had an opportunity to visit our 2009 child Savanna Chappell, at the Fed Ex house, a home away from home for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
It was a humbling experience for Tiara Tea Society to have a part in Savanna’s being able to see through her new artificial lenses. Everything she saw, was a marvel to her! Our job was done.
Many thanks to Dr. Mary Ellen Howen and the Hamilton Eye Institute, Division of University of Tennessee Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee.
To learn more about Savanna, please click on Our Princesses at the top of the page and scroll down to Savannna’s story.
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Coronation Tea for Keona Vaughn
About this Event
It is once time again to gather to honor a little girl with a dire need or circumstance. Our 2013 child, Keona Vaughn was "shaken" when she was 3 months old. The experience left her legally blind, deaf, immobile and severly brain damaged. She was put into foster care and eventually came into the lives of Mark and Debbie Vaughn who adopted this special needs child. Please help us celebrate and be grateful for this child and all our blessings. It is you, that can make a difference in this child's life. Please join us in this celebration!
We are privileged to have Chancellor Arnold Goldim with us as our Guest Speaker. He changed the lives of many people when he presided over and granted the adoption of Keona to Mark and Debbie Vaughn. We are delighted that he will be sharing his experience of adoption from the Bench and the special case of Keona Laraine Vaughn. He will be introducing this princess to the society for the first time.
Update on Princess
Graycen Ann Beardslee
This is a picture of Graycen and Kim in California on their way to Camp Firefly. The camp is for Xoderma Pigmentosum patients only. Note they are outdoors at dusk -- safe time. Last heard, Graycen had a new tumor and Mom Kim was anxiously awaiting biopsy results.
Join us for the Coronation Tea for Graycen Ann Beardslee
September 23, 2012
Holiday Inn U of M, Shelby Ballroom
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Adult tea is $35.00 and child’s tea is $19.00, both all inclusive. Mark the number of adult and child’s teas. If you are attending as a guest, please add a $15.00 donation to our child. Memberships may be renewed by adding $50.00 to your tea cost. Existing members, please make a donation of your choice. Reservations are transferable but non-refundable. All reservations may be called in to Eva Lynn Bishop at 901-377-6065. They are to be paid by check but guaranteed by a credit card. Please make out and mail checks to: Tiara Tea Society, PO Box 341841, Bartlett, Tennessee 38184
Tiara Tea Society is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation.
Guest speaker, Rev. Audrey Gonzalez is a native Memphian, who is the first ordained woman of the Anglican Church in Uruguay. Her work included assisting prisoners, those terminally ill with HIV and the most vulnerable and impoverished on the streets. Audrey is an artist, author, avid gardener and award winning floral competitor. She is Assistant Pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church. She has a downtown street ministry and has been heavily involved as chaplain of the girls’ prison ministry. Her efforts for CASA (Court Appointed Special for Children) led her to another passion. Audrey reorganized the Shelby County Foster Care system and last year, the Center was named for her. Our 2012 princess, Graycen Ann Beardslee, of Sikeston, Missouri has a rare, genetic disease called, Xeroderma Pigmetosum (extreme sensitivity to the damaging effects of UV light). TTS is making arrangements to help Graycen emotionally with XP camp and special orthodontic care. Solar Tech is donating UV protection for their car. Our event sponsor, Moonshine Lighting, promises to ‘enlighten’ us in a special way in Graycen’s honor.
Melodie Moore, our beloved and internationally acclaimed harpist, is Director of Special Music for the Tiara Tea Society. She is joined by Amanda Woodward Boyd (internationally accomplished lyric soprano) and Luke Hefner, (Senior Vocal Performance major with the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at Uof M). Ms. Boyd was awarded the coveted Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholars and Fellows Fund; first prize in the Memphis Beethoven Club Vocal Competition and awarded the prestigious Charles Riecker Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Hefner placed first in the N.A.T.S Musical Theatre Open Division last year. They will be treating TTS members and guests to a taste of ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ Please join us for another event to be remembered. Thank you for your support!
-Eva Lynn Bishop
President & CEO, TTS Inc.
Our 2012 little girl is 9 year old, Graycen Ann Beardslee, of Sikeston, Missouri. She has a rare and genetic disease, Xeroderma Pigmetosum. It means extreme sensitivity to the damaging effects of ultraviolet light from the sun and some indoor lighting. XP usually leads to skin cancer, can cause blindness as well as neurological diseases. Graycen has suffered 10 cancers so far. TTS is making arrangements to help her emotionally with XP camp and special orthodontic care.
2012 “Present in Spirit” Summer Tea
This is a tea of the heart. Please help by donating the cost of a small tea, $25.00. If your membership is due or you wish to join, please add $50.00 and send in the enclosed envelope. Please make checks to TIARA TEA SOCIETY.
TTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
Graycen is so excited to be our 2012 princess! She immediately drew this picture of herself being at the tea. Her coronation will be September 23, 2012 at the U of M Holiday Inn from 2-4 pm. Tiara Tea is privileged to be a part of our children’s lives. Helping them is a gift to ourselves.
Thanks for your support!
Eva Lynn Bishop
President and CEO, TTS, Inc.
Memphis native, actor and writer, George Hamilton was on hand to promote his new book, Don’t mind If I Do. Part of the proceeds of the George Hamilton event were donated to Tiara Tea Society. Thank you TTS supporters, Chez Philippe and George Hamilton for a splendid time! And a special thank you to Christina Trask of Focus for the Good photography.
Location: Chez Philippe at The Peabody Memphis
Time: Wednesday, March 21, from 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Cost: $45 per person (includes tax, gratuity, and valet parking, and a donation to TTS)
Maximum capacity is 72 guests and therefore seating is limited. TTS members, family and friends are welcome.
Don’t Mind if I Do, by George Hamilton will be available for purchase at the event.
Mr. Hamilton will be happy to sign each copy sold.
Congratulations to Carol Prentiss, the TTS Grande Dame for 2011. Also in attendance, were current & former princesses: Morgan Shaw (2007), Savanna Chappel (2009) and Ceniyah Dotson (2011) and Memphis Mayor, AC Wharton.
Update on Ceniyah’s Summer
The heart of the Tiara Tea Society is
to help little girls in dire need. We have been blessed with 8 very special children. Our 2011 child, Ceniyah Dotson has had a wonderful Summer with lessons at Ballet Memphis and swimming fun at one of our members pools. She is now enrolled in Pre K , loving all of her adventures and strengthening her damaged leg through ballet.
We are privileged to have World
renowned Chef Ed Nawakowski
prepare a special menu for this tea. It
and one of his fabulous ice sculptures.
Grande Dames are exceptional women who have made their life’s work, bettering the citizens of Memphis through thousands of hours of volunteerism and philanthropy. Our 2011 Grande Dame, Carol Pentiss is just such a lady. She joins Lewis, Geri McCormack, Regina Walker, Lisa Montgomery and Charlotte Neal in the prestigious Circle of Grande Dames of the Tiara Tea Society.
The Honorable Mayor of the City of Memphis, AC Wharton has generously agreed to be our Keynote
Speaker for this event. The Mayor will be inducting Mrs. Prentiss and will be recognizing the efforts of women who helped build our city.
2011 Grande Dame Tea
Our ladies will be entertained by French award-winning Harpist, Melodie Moore. She has amassed a wonderful string ensemble to join her as well as Flutists Norma Harmon Ceniyah will be joining two of our earlier girls, to present Carol Prentiss with her Grande Dame award. We are thrilled to have our first child, Morgan Shaw (2007) and Savanna Chappell 2009, back to join in the celebration. We thank you for continuing to celebrate the gifts of phenomenal women through your support! Eva Lynn Bishop President & CEO, TTS, Inc.
When: October 2, 2011
Where: Shelby Ballroom,
Holiday Inn-University of Memphis
3700 Central Ave. Memphis, Tennessee
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Attire: Gowns, cocktail, sparkles and crowns of your choice and feel fabulous!
Admittance: All adult teas are $32.00. Child’s tea is $15.00
If you wish to join or renew add $50.00
If you want to donate to Ceniyah Dotson, add also
ALL CHECKS ARE TO BE MADE OUT TO THE TIARA TEA SOCIETY
Mail to: Tiara Tea Society
PO Box 341841
Bartlett, Tennessee 38184
Donations are 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt
Reservations are required. Call Eva Lynn Bishop 377-6065 or 210-3516
Emmy Award winning Valerie Calhoun of
Fox 13 News will be our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Last week we highlighted Victims to Victory, which is responding to the emotional, spiritual and practical needs of family members who have felt the traumatic impact of violent crime. This week let us discuss an organization that is taking a unique approach to philanthropy by combining the joys of socializing with friends and hosting glitzy afternoon tea parties with the goal of supporting one young girl each year: Tiara Tea Society.
Tiara Tea Society was founded in 2006 by Eva Lynn Bishop and Marie Pizano. While pursuing philanthropic endeavors together, the two jokingly reminisced about being little girls who dressed up in their mothers’ old clothes and had tea parties. The premise then built around hosting glamorous afternoon tea parties where women of all ages could dress up, come together and unlock their inner child. The real mission, however, was to use these events as a platform to help little girls in dire conditions or situations. Each year, the organization coronates at least one young girl, who is supported financially and empowered through personal involvement to improve her life.
In its fifth year, Tiara Tea Society has helped improve the lives of eight girls, including three from the Mid-South. The Society’s 2011 little girl is three-year-old Ceniyah Danae Dotson. Ceniyah was only two months old when she lost more than half her family in a notorious mass killing in 2008. Stabbed, beaten and found impaled on a knife, baby Ceniyah survived – along with two of her brothers – who lived against all odds.
Earlier this year, a glittering Coronation Tea was held for Ceniyah. Apart from helping to provide for pediatric post-traumatic stress therapy to foster emotional healing, the Society is working to help her blossom through the arts. Janet Parke, director of the School of Dance at Ballet Memphis, put together a four-week summer class built around Ceniyah to see if ballet would not only help her physically but also give her mental and emotional “balance.” It turns out that a star has been born! Ceniyah loves ballet and has been thriving in the classes. So, the Tiara Tea Society has committed to funding her future ballet endeavors.
On Oct. 2, Tiara Tea Society will be holding a Grande Dame Tea to induct Mrs. Carol Prentiss as a Grande Dame of the Tiara Society. A Grande Dame is a woman who has completed a life’s work of charity and help for our community. Ceniyah and two of the Society’s earlier princesses will be in attendance and part of the presentation.
Tiara Tea Society offers another perfect example of how we can be creative in our efforts to give back. I encourage you to learn more by visiting http://www.tiarateasociety.org/ or contacting their founder-president-CEO, Eva Lynn Bishop at 210-3516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.