Tea at the Plaza for February chose a theme of “Tea, Chocolate and Romance” and drew tea enthusiasts and chocoholics alike in support of the Blount Memorial Good Samaritan Clinic located at 116 Chantilly Lane in Maryville.
Each month, Teresa and Doug Horn of the Preservation Plaza choose a local non-profit to receive a portion of funds raised by the Tea at the Plaza event. With their focus on those organizations that meet basic human needs like health and housing, they said the Good Samaritan Clinic meet the criteria perfectly. The clinic was created by Blount Memorial Hospital and provides primary care services to the uninsured and underserved in the community. Patients are charged according to a sliding scale based on family earnings.
The Tea at the Plaza event featured a spread of teas and hot chocolate with quiche, scones and other refreshments. Poems about tea were read in keeping with the romantic theme of the afternoon, and director of the Good Samaritan Clinic Julia Pearce was on hand to speak about her organization. Teresa Horn said the event always has a calming effect on guests, who come in harried and leave relaxed. It gives everyone a chance to “step out of our lives,” said Horn, “and just enjoy each other.”
The next Tea at the Plaza event will take place on March 10 from 1-3 p.m. and will benefit the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. The tea will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme and hostess Katie Kinney will serve her own homemade shepherd’s pie.
The cost, including tax, is $27.31, and reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call 865-964-6360.
For information about volunteer opportunities at the Good Samaritan Clinic, call 865-977-5609. For other information about the clinic, call 865-273-1616.