CLU organization hosts third annual tea

Hat-themed event funds scholarships, grants

Alumna Cristina Markiewicz enjoys the 2012 Hats and High Tea.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 3, 2013) The California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will hold its third annual Hats and High Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley.

The tea will raise money for student scholarships and educational grants at CLU.

Guests will enjoy high tea including sandwiches and other light fare in a garden-party setting overlooking the golf course. The afternoon will include a beverage reception and musical and theatrical entertainment by CLU students Lacie Goff of Enfield, Ill., and Patricia Jaramillo of Van Nuys and harpist Vonette Yanaginuma. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Jim Rondeau, director of operations and programming for National Public Radio station KCLU 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 classroom materials, equipment and technology.

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

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships are available. For reservations or for more information, visit or contact the University Relations office at 805-493-3151 or