On December 5, 2018, the Milwaukee Unit of Church Women United (CWU) held its 87th Annual Christmas Tea at Albright United Methodist Church, 5555 W. Capitol Dr., with Thomas Thao serving as the host pastor. The tea was held as a fundraiser to collect toys and funds for more than 10 local not-for-profit agencies, including Boudicca House, Children’s Hospital Community Services, Guadalupe Center Head Start, Guest House, Joy House/Safe Harbor, Neighborhood House, Sojourner Family Peace Center, VETS Place, and Voice of the Fatherless Child. More than 800 gifts and monetary donations were collected to help the 10 representative agencies during the holiday season.
Pictured at the event are (back row, from left) Albright United Methodist Church Pastor Thomas Thao; Boudicca House case manager Deborah Jeter; Children’s Hospital of WI Community Services Resource Specialist Lona Long Velasco; CDI Head Start/Guadalupe Head Start parent educator Rocio Machado; Voice of the Fatherless Child Founder and Director Monte Mabra; Guest House of Milwaukee Social Media Marketing Manager Andrew Pieterick; (front row, from left) CWU Christmas Tea Co-Chair Suzanne Freshly; Church Women United 2nd Vice-President Carolyn Williams; Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s Kristina Onaolapo; Northcott Neighborhood House Executive Director Mac Weddle; Sojourner Family Peace Center Education Center Coordinator Lane Schwartz; Rev. James W. Spann II Foundation President Dr. Wilma N. Spann; CWU 1st Vice-President Anne Beamon; and CWU Christmas Tea Co-Chair Karen Toughinbaugh.