It was really nice to have been invited to stop by a special Port Jervis event yesterday afternoon. While unable to accept the invitation to also stay to enjoy the beautiful, delicious-looking foods and desserts, they definitely looked outstanding as did every aspect of the Port Jervis Tea at Tiffany's event.
One of Port Jervis’s most active organizations, Catholic Daughters of the America’s Court Madonna #114, hosted its own “Tiffany’s” event this weekend. Tea at Tiffany’s was held in the meticulously decorated downstairs meeting hall of St. Mary’s Church. Even the outside entrance door was beautifully decorated to welcome guests.
The tea, typically an annual event over the past 15 years, hadn’t been held for the past two years due to Covid. While there is usually a special theme every year, many in the group felt this year’s focus was extra special. Almost everyone who attended got into the spirit of Audrey Hepburn’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme, based on the American romantic comedy film of 1961 starring Hepburn as Holly Golightly.
The annual tea is a fundraiser for group, which supports many charities and projects throughout each year. Patty Niosi, who has served as Regent for the local group, acted as an auctioneer, helping to raise quite a bit extra by auctioning off posters of Audrey Hepburn and a painting donated by Shannon Klotz.
Attendees included local Catholic Daughters members as well as many from Washingtonville, Newburgh, Patterson (NY)and Highland.
Niosi, who was Regent at the time the event planning began, said it was originally supposed to be held in Spring of 2020. She said the theme was chosen because the group thought it would be fun and they liked the many positive quotes of Audrey Hepburn.
Niosi said so many helped with the event in so many ways. Vice-Regent Ruby Feliciano was co-chair with Niosi. The committee also included Laura Nicolette, Ann Ponds, and Dani Legato.
"We have a great Court," Niosi said.
Each of the tables were beautifully decorated in the event’s theme. Colorful bags carried gifts and novelty items for each of the attendees. A special background and props were available for photo taking.
Membership in the group consists of a wide age range, so being able to bring daughters and granddaughters to share the tea together is what many considered as also extra special.
Formed in 1903, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the Oldest and Largest Organizations of Catholic Women in the Americas. CDA’s motto is “Unity and Charity.” Its Patroness: Blessed Mother Mary.