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Garden Club donates to local organizations

Donation recipients Patty Bashaw, Mary Jane Connors, Cynthia Fairbanks, Joan Devaney, Marilyn Jordan and Rod Boula, standing, attend the Elizabethtown and Westport Garden Club luncheon Feb. 6. Seated are Garden Club board members Betty Francois, Elizabeth Kroeplin, Karen Robillard and Helen DeChant.

Donation recipients Patty Bashaw, Mary Jane Connors, Cynthia Fairbanks, Joan Devaney, Marilyn Jordan and Rod Boula, standing, attend the Elizabethtown and Westport Garden Club luncheon Feb. 6. Seated are Garden Club board members Betty Francois, Elizabeth Kroeplin, Karen Robillard and Helen DeChant. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club gave back to the community during its Feb. 6 luncheon.

Members of the club donated $1,300 to eight local organizations, including the Westport Emergency Squad, Westport Food Shelf, High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, Essex Rescue Squad, North Country Life Flight, Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad, Elizabethtown Food Pantry and Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Helen DeChant of the Garden Club Board said the group always donates their profits from the annual Green’s Tea back to the community.

“We donate everything we make other than our expenses right back,” DeChant said. “We gave $125 to the emergency squads, $50 to the food shelf, $600 to ECH and $175 to the other organizations.”

The Green’s Tea is held annually on the first Saturday of December as the group sells wreaths, vintage jewelry, crafts and Christmas items along with a luncheon and raffles throughout the day.

Representative on hand to pick up the donations from the Garden Club included Patty Bashaw (Elizabethtown-Lewis EMS), Marilyn Jordan (Elizabethtown Food Pantry), Rob Boula (ECH), Mary Jane Connors (Life Flight), Cynthia Fairbanks (High Peaks Hospice) and Joan Devaney (Essex EMS).

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