2014 Tiara Tea
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2011 Grande Dame Tea
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2011 Grande Dame Tea, Tiara Tea Society
WHBQ FOX 13 Memphis, TN
Sep. 29, 2011. 12:17 PM EST
2011 Grande Dame Tea
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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 email@example.com.
Even reporters shocked by these murders
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Posted March 27, 2011 at 12:03 a.m.
During my career as a print journalist at four metropolitan newspapers, I tried not to come unglued whenever a heinous murder occurred.
I spent several years as a police and Criminal Court reporter and an editor supervising reporters who regularly covered crime beats. That included two years in Detroit, a mecca for murder and mayhem. When I left, my colleagues gave me a T-shirt that read, “Be nice to me. I have friends in Detroit.”
Search our databases. Over time, many reporters and editors grow numb to the homicides that often become routine assignments in a big city. But as much as we try to be dispassionate storytellers, we’re still human. We cannot help but be emotionally affected by violent crime.
Blame it on a sensational news media or our pop culture that often celebrates the macabre, but our society has always been captivated by homicides. Lieutenant Columbo never spent an hour on TV trying to solve a check-kiting scheme. And Perry Mason never defended a client accused of welfare fraud.
Successful television dramas, from “Burke’s Law” to “Law and Order,” are about murder.
But in real life, some homicides are so heinous, so inexplicable and so tragic that they boggle the mind and cause an entire community — even a hard-nosed crime reporter — to shudder and grieve along with the victim’s loved ones.
Three such cases returned to the community’s consciousness last week. Each of them reminded us just how fleeting life is and how cruel and callous some people who walk among us daily can be.
The first was the notorious Lester Street murder case. A week ago, 3-year-old Ceniyah Dotson, the youngest survivor of the 2008 massacre, was the guest of honor at a benefit tea sponsored by the Tiara Tea Society of Memphis. The newspaper photo of a smiling Ceniyah, wearing a silver tiara and seated on her aunt’s knee, captured a heart-warming moment in what is easily the most gruesome violent crime in recent Memphis history.
Ceniyah was just 2 months old when she was brutally stabbed by her uncle, Jessie Dotson, who during the rampage killed her parents, two brothers and two other adults. Ceniyah and two other children survived the attack.
Before last week, most of us had never seen the young victim’s face. We could only imagine the pain she endured and the emotional struggles that await her. But thanks to the generosity of Memphians and caring family members, somehow we believe that Ceniyah’s future is bright.
The second case produced a bit of closure to the 10-year-old murder of Shelby County Code Enforcement officer Mickey Wright. Dale Mardis, described as an avowed racist, pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of murdering a government employee.
It was the first time that Mardis, 63, had openly admitted to killing Wright, burning his body and spreading the remains in various junked cars that were later crushed and carted away. Four years ago, Mardis was allowed to plead no contest to state murder charges in Wright’s death in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence.
The no-contest plea and sentence outraged Wright’s family and led to communitywide complaints that Mardis got off easy for killing a man because of his race.
But state prosecutors, who did not believe they could win a first-degree murder conviction, pressed for the case to move to federal court where prosecutors could more easily prove that Wright’s murder was a racial hate crime.
Wright’s family members have been waiting a decade for justice. Hopefully they’ll finally get it when Mardis, who faces life in prison, is sentenced in June.
The final case was the cold-blooded murder of two female U.S. Postal Service workers last October in Henning, Tenn. Chastain Montgomery, 47, of LaVergne, Tenn., appeared in federal court last week accused, along with his now-dead son, of fatally shooting the women inside the Henning Post Office.
In a chilling videotaped confession, Montgomery said his intent was robbery, but he “lost it” when the women could only produce a few dollars. He said he repeatedly fired shots, killing one of the women, and his son fatally shot the other worker.
Journalist or not, it’s impossible not to feel utter contempt for these ruthless killers and compassion for the people they victimized. We accept the fact that in this world, evil is always present. But we take comfort in knowing that justice, however slow, will be served.
And best of all, we rejoice when an innocent little victim like Ceniyah Dotson perseveres.
Otis L. Sanford holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism at the University of Memphis and is a columnist for The Commercial Appeal. Contact him at 901-678-3669 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch his commentaries weekdays on WREG-TV Channel 3 at 4:30 p.m.
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Tiara Tea Society Fundraiser for Lester Street Survivor
A 3-year-old Memphis girl, who survived a brutal attack on her family by her uncle when she was just 2 months old, was the center of attention in a pink dress and a sparkly tiara during a fundraiser to help support her therapy. Ceniyah Dotson is the youngest of three children who survived the March 2008 attack that left her parents, two brothers and two other people dead. Her uncle, Jessie Dotson, was sentenced to death for killing the six people. But on Sunday, the little girl was all smiles during a tea party held by the Tiara Tea Society, a local group that raises money for girls in need. Her grandmother, Ida Anderson, told The Commercial Appeal Ceniyah doesn’t remember Eva Lynn Bishop, president of the Tiara Tea Society, and Vicki Arnold, with Victoria’s Traveling Tea Parties join FOX13 with more on the ‘Tea’ for Ceniyah Dotson.
Valerie Calhoun, Fox 13 News MEMPHIS, Tenn.
March 21, 2011 click here to see video.
Tiara Tea Society Helps Haiti Victim
Last January a 7.0 earthquake leveled the island of Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and more than a million were left homeless. If you go to Haiti today, it’s still in shambles. The homeless continue to live in tents and sickness is rampant. Lynn Bishop joined FOX13 to talk about one girl who’s getting help following that catastrophic quake.
Fox 13 News
November 19, 2010 click here for video.
Memphians Give Haitian Teen New Hope
Her life could have very well ended under a concrete ceiling where she was buried alive during the devastating Haitian earthquake in January. But, Judeline Jean survived death, and now with help of some friends in Memphis she will be ready to begin her new life. Click here for the full story.
Fox1 3 News
November 19, 2010
Ladies to Take Girl from Rags to Royalty
For a study in stark comparisons, consider the local Tiara Tea Society and its most recent mission.
The Tiara Tea Society is made up of professional ladies, as high as high society gets in these parts.
A few times a year, president Eva Lynn Bishop explained, they gather for formal tea while wearing, for a second time, the formal wear debuted at the opera or some special event.
And each year, the society chooses a girl in need to help.
This year, their focus is Judeline Jean, a Haitian teenager who lost her right leg and much of the use of her left arm after she was trapped in rubble following the Jan. 12 earthquake on the island. Click here for full story.
Wendi C. Thomas
September 19, 2010
Two Roads to Recovery
While Mariliene Jean was in Dallas for high-tech surgeries and care, Judeline Jean languished in the same Haitian hospital where the two were roommates after the earthquake. Click here for the full story.
Dallas Morning News
A Regal Gift: Meeting dire need is tea society’s crowning achievement – 2009
Little Savanna Chappell had tea and cake recently in a splendid palace with many queens of Memphis who wore beautiful dresses and gave her one of their crowns.
At least that’s what it must have looked like through the outsized glasses of Savanna, 19 months old, who also received from her hostesses the gift of sight. Click here for the full story.
By Barbara Bradley
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Great Cause Brings Out Inner Princess
High tea, it is for a great cause, and a chance to pull out your inner princess. Lynn Bishop from the Tiara Tea Society joins us with the details.
Fox1 3 News
March 18, 2009
Mother, Daughter/Family & Friends Tea – 2008
The goal was to save three little girls with heart defects. This tea at Hunt Phelan exceeded expectations to help a Chinese child, little girl number four.
Fox 13 News, September 28 , 2008
Tiara Tea Society Grows to Knoxville, TN – 2008
The Memphis based Society grows to aid in helping raise funds for this years’ children.
“The Style Show” WBIR, February 13, 2008
Tiara Tea Society Goes International at Grand Dame Tea – 2008
New inductees to the Circle of Grande Dames help little girls in Russia and Afghanistan.
Fox 13 News, February 11, 2008 click here
Tiara Tea Society was pleased to send Morgan Shaw, the 2007 honored girl, to see the greatly anticipated Hannah Montana show at the FedEx Forum.
Fox 13 New, November 30, 2007
Young Crime Victim Honored as a Hero – 2007
Local Group Holds Special Tea Celebration for Morgan Shaw
Fox13 News, September 30, 2007
Tiaras & Tea… Dress-Up for Charity – 2007
The Tiara Tea Society is holding a special tea party to benefit 6-year old Morgan Shaw, who was shot in the head following a kidnapping.
Fox 13 News, Thursday, 01 Feb 2007
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