CLU organization hosts second annual tea

Hat-themed event funds scholarships, grants

Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest tea party attire capped off with a fancy hat.

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - March 30, 2012) The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will hold its second annual Hats and High Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.

The tea will raise money for student scholarships and educational grants at CLU. The first event in 2011 brought in $16,000.

Guests will enjoy a tea service including sandwiches and other light fare in a setting overlooking the golf course. The afternoon will include a beverage reception and musical and theatrical entertainment by CLU faculty and students. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Former broadcast news reporter Willa Sandmeyer will emcee.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest tea party attire capped off with a fancy hat. Table sponsors and party hosts will decorate each table in a festive theme. Several awards will be presented, including ones for most creative table setting and wildest and most elegant hats.

CLA was founded in 1963 to stimulate the community's interest in CLU's academic, athletic and cultural programs. Members organize fundraising and social events throughout the year to support academic departments and student scholarships. The organization has provided more than $1.8 million through the years.

Scholarship recipients are selected for their community service, leadership potential and academic achievement. The grants purchase needed classroom materials, equipment and technology.

University Village, MyCorporation and Wood Ranch Golf Club are premiere sponsors. Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation, is the event chair.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 17. To make a reservation or for more information, visit or contact the University Relations office at 805-493-3151 or