High tea to help women

White Rock/South Surrey philanthropic group raising funds for education.

Members of a local philanthropic group are hosting a high tea March 31.

Members of a local philanthropic group are hosting a high tea March 31.

A Peninsula group that has been raising money for women’s education for nearly four decades is hosting an event this month aimed at raising funds – and awareness – for the club’s endeavours.

The local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) – a women’s group founded in Iowa nearly 150 years ago – is welcoming the public to a ‘high tea’ March 31 at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd.

The event takes place at 2 p.m. and will include door prizes as well as antique china, crystal and linen sales. Hats and gloves are requested and there will be a prize for best hat.

Funds raised at the event will go towards the club’s mandate of celebrating the advancement of women through educational scholarships and grants. The group currently offers four scholarships yearly, including one for a graduating high school senior, one for a women studying at the PhD level, one for women wanting to get back into the education system and one international scholarship for women wishing to study here and return to their native country upon completion.

The group also raises funds for an educational loan fund and tuition at a fully accredited women’s liberal arts college in Missouri, founded by the organization.

To find out more about the high tea or the club’s activities, visit www.peobc.org