Big Hats High Tea
Since 2014, the Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial has been holding Big Hats High Tea (BHHT) on a Sunday afternoon in the Spring. This elegant and fun event which features a champagne reception, white glove high tea service, tea tastings, traditional high tea sandwiches and desserts, vintage china table settings, exquisite door prizes, raffles, much more!Inspired by the idea of women helping their community, this event supports local charities that assist members of the community with a focus on peace and conflict prevention, maternal and child health, education, literacy and economic/community development. Each year a featured beneficiary organization is chosen to receive the proceeds. This year the recipient is the Windsor Essex Down Syndrome Association. Our past recipients are:
• 2021/22 - Border City Athletics Club
2020/21 - Ambassador Horticultural Society of LaSalle Community Garden
2019/20 - Windsor Essex Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
2018/19 - The Liberty Project
2017/18 - Autism Services Inc
2016/17 - Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women
2015/16 - Hiatus House
2014/15 - Welcome Centre Shelter for Women
In 2022 we were so excited to be able to return to an in person Big Hats and High Tea Event at Essex Golf and Country Club. We want to recognize Teresa Neusch from Remax Preferred Realty who generously took on the role of Title Sponsor.
BHHT 2020 & 2021
Theresa Dugal will always be remembered fondly for her philanthropic spirit, support of the community and this event.
She was the title sponsor of Big Hats High Tea for five years.
For the second year in a row, the COVID 19 pandemic prevented us from holding our fabulous afternoon tea in person. As so many have done in these interesting times, we pivoted and came up with a fabulous alternative - our Big Hats and High Tea boxes.
The boxes were sold on line and were filled with locally sourced tea varieties, honey, jam, scones, macarons, candies, biscotti and a vintage bone china cup.
The boxes were a hit and we sold out! The recipient of the proceeds was the LaSalle Ambassador Horticultural Society's Community Garden. The garden provides fresh produce to members of the community experiencing food insecurity.
On a beautiful afternoon in May, over 150 big-hearted and elegant women gathered at Essex Golf and Country Club to enjoy champagne, tea with sandwiches and dessert, fun and fellowship. Proceeds from the auctions and raffles went to support The Liberty Project, a student run initiative at the University of Windsor, created by Enactus Windsor. This project aims to address two significant needs: providing opportunity for sustainable employment to victims of abuse, addiction and trauma; affording access to sanitary menstrual health products to women living in poverty across the world.
Another beautiful day in May saw over 150 women gather at Essex Golf and Country Club for this signature event. This year the beneficiary of the funds raised was Autism Services. Their mission is to provide individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with a specialized program to enable them to reach their potential while providing family support, and to share information and resources with the Windsor Essex Community.