Community Leaders Association

2013 Hats and High Tea

Judge's Choice (1st place): #15 Day at the Derby

The 3rd Annual Hats & High Tea was held at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Over $15,000 was raised for CLA scholarships. For 2014 opportunities, contact University Relations at 493-3151.

Thank you to Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation for chairing the tea and Jim Rondeau, director of operations and programming for National Public Radio station KCLU who emceed.

We would also like to thank the entertainment provided by CLU students, Lacie Goff and Patricia Jaramillo, as well as Harp Music By Vonette & Musical Networks.

Finally, thank you to our photographers for capturing this special event: Ron Klassen assisted by Brian Stethem.

Please save the date for the 4th Annual Hats & High Tea to be held at CLU on Sunday, April 13, 2014!


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Table Winners

  • Centerpiece Excellence (1st place): #14 Alice in Wonderland
  • Centerpiece Excellence (2nd place): #15 Day at the Derby
  • International Merit (1st place): #16 Teatime in the Sahara
  • International Merit (2nd place): #11 Teahouse of the August Moon
  • Teapot Enchantment (1st place): #20 Grandma's House
  • Teapot Enchantment (2nd place): #2 Wild Wacky Women
  • Theme Distinction (1st place): #21 The Gatsby Tea Room
  • Theme Distinction (2nd place): #13 Magnificent Mrs. Moustache
  • Victorian Masters (1st place): #18 Spring Bouquet
  • Victorian Masters (2nd place): #5 Pretty in Pink
  • Judge's Choice (1st place): #15 Day at the Derby
  • Judge's Choice (2nd place): #1 Stars & Stripes

Hats Winners

  • Group theme (1st place): The Gatsby Tea Room
  • Group theme (2nd place): Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Hatter (1st place): Jane Lee Winter
  • Mad Hatter (2nd place): Jessica Dorsey
  • Peacock Feathers (1st place): L. Jessel
  • Peacock Feathers (2nd place): Heather Taylor
  • Queen's Bonnet (1st place): Maureen Vieth
  • Queen's Bonnet (2nd place): Jenny Brown
  • Judge's Best (1st place): Brooke Yasman
  • Judge's Best (2nd place): Andrew Worthley


Thank you to our judges, chaired by Bernie Bauer and his assistant Sue Bauer:

  • Debby Chang
  • Lana Clark
  • Ally Crocker
  • Nancy Dillon
  • Larkin Higgins
  • Patricia Jaramillo
  • Millie Potish
  • Brian Stethem


  • Linda Bemiller
  • Cynthia Grether
  • Peggy Johnson
  • Nina Kuzniak
  • Elijah Lasso
  • Troy Lasso
  • Rio Lasso
  • Vicki Melia
  • Alexis Molina
  • Erin Morningred
  • Maddy Nelson
  • Christine Opzeeland
  • Vanessa Orr
  • Kara Rogers
  • Ernie Sandlin
  • John Short
  • John Tannaci
  • Gaye Watts
  • Shannon Yasman

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