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First Hats and High Tea raises $16K

Proceeds fund student scholarships
June 30, 2011

CLU Community Leaders Association held its first annual Hats and High Tea benefit at the Plug Nickel Restaurant in Westlake Village.

More than 130 guests enjoyed entertainment and high tea in a garden-party setting fit for the British Royal Family.

Joshua Finkel, an adjunct instructor in the Theatre Arts Department, and CLA scholarship recipient Lacie Goff provided enterainment. Dixie Volmer, former owner of Plug Nickel Restaurant and Catering, chaired the event, and her daughter Valerie Vollmer, owner of the Plug Nickel and Catering Celebrations, provided the beautiful venue. Former television news reporter Willa Sandmeyer served as mistress of ceremonies.  A silent auction and prize drawings were held, enabling guests to support the University. The event was made possible by numerous generous sponsors that provided cash, food, auction items and gifts.

Awards were given for most original hats and table settings. The exquisitely decorated tables represented a variety of themes and eras, and the hats were perfect to top off the event.