October 12, 2013
Nearly 230 people attended this year’s Birthday Tea hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society of Gate of Heaven Church in Dallas.
Thirteen tables were decorated for each month of the year with themes like “A Birthday Celebration,” “Frosty’s Wonderland,” “Happy Birthday to Our Founding Fathers,” “Eggstravagent Easter,” “April Showers, “My Wedding Memories,” “Goin’ to the Chapel,” “The Glory Days of Summer,” “Summertime Blessings” “Back to School, “The Bride of Christ” and “Our First Christmas Together.”
Rev. Daniel A. toomey opened the festivities with a blessing,. Altar and Rosary President Renee Benedetti welcomed the crowd and introduced officers, chairwomen, tables and table hostesses.
Entertainment began with the signing group “Changing Habits” performing “Goin’ to the Chapel” which led to a “We Said ‘Yes’ to the Dress,” a wedding memories fashion show featuring 11 models displaying wedding dresses from 1937 to 2003. The show was emceed by Dede Scafella. Some of the women wore their own dresses, including Carol Yezilski who, after 46 years of marriage, modeled her own gown.
The “brides” proceeded to do a bridal procession around the guest tables. After, a raffle was held and door prizes were awarded.
In addition to Benedetti, chairwomen for the event were Kathy Selner, Sharon Lumbis, Marianne Cogan, Dolly Hoffman, Linda Traver, Bette Gillespie, Judy Adams, Florence Lahey and Barbara Michaels.