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Nonprofit organization Oral Hull Park for the Blind hosts elegant bash to raise funds for its center

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Volunteers served several varieties of tea, and there were gluten-free options provided for food as well. With the sun returning just in time, Saturday, June 17, was a red letter day for Oral Hull Park for the Blind.

Many came out for the nonprofit organization's annual tea party fundraiser, enjoying treats both sweet and savory from the center's new chef.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Gardening supplies were the prize for best hat. Throughout the event people perused the plants on sale — a donation to the park by the Sandy Future Farmers of America club — and quietly-but-fiercely outbid each other for silent-auction items, including gift baskets galore and even some high-end jewelry.

A mother-daughter duo stole the show during the hat competition with their matching towers of flowers and butterflies, and took home garden-related goodies as prizes.

Whether you were low-vision or not, there was something for your senses to enjoy, with flowers to smell, colorful and quirky teapots at every table — and that's all before the scones and cucumber sandwiches were served.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - All ages enjoyed scones, fruit, savory pastries and sandwiches and tea at Oral Hull's Tea Party fundraiser on Saturday, June 17. Ages of attendants varied, though all seemed to enjoy themselves, and overall, volunteer Barbara Dilley says she feels it was a success.

Many partook in hedging their bets with raffle tickets, and were happy to do so, as every dollar they spent on tickets, entrance into the event and plants goes to benefit the Oral Hull Foundation, and keeping its programs and doors open to all.

If you'd like to make a donation or find out more about the park, visit hullparkfortheblind.org or call 503-668-6195.

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