Amelia and Ashley’s Tea for Six

Seated: Ashley, left, and Amelia, right. Standing, from left to right: Annie MacRae and her mother, Ann MacRae; Amelia’s mother, Myra Perdue; and Martha Price Stewart, director of development at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. (photo by Nicole Hoskins Jones)

When it comes to tea parties, Amelia is a natural. How could she not be, since, as her mother noted, Amelia is from the South, where folks drink plenty of tea?

Amelia recently donned a fancy hat and dress and headed to the charming tearoom at Rowena’s in Norfolk for a luncheon. Rowena’s founder, Rowena Fullinwider, is an associate member of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s Home. Joining Amelia were Ashley, who, like Amelia, lives at St. Mary’s Home; Amelia’s mother, Myra Perdue; and some special friends: Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, and Stewart’s sister, Ann MacRae, and niece, Annie MacRae, who were visiting from North Carolina. 
“I suppose we could change Amelia’s name just a bit to Amelia Belle,” said her mother. “This was Amelia’s first time attending a tea party. However, it is the beginning of many to come.”

The trip to the tearoom is just one of the many field trips into the community that St. Mary’s recreational therapy staff organize for the children. For example, on Saturday, Trent, Antwoine, Camille, Dreshawn and Tyquawn visited the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton — thanks to tickets generously donated by Adams Outdoor Advertising. And Kishaun, Nate G., Katie A., Meagan E. and Molly went to see the holiday lights along the boardwalk at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

How Many Mermaids Can You Count in This Photo?

The answer is 14. 

Embrace, St. Mary’s mermaid statue, is surrounded by 13 members of the Ocean View Women’s Golf Association, who call themselves the “Ocean View Mermaids.” Also in the photo is Mary Helen Hilton, St. Mary’s director of annual giving (seventh person from the left, standing).

For three years in a row, the Ocean View Women’s Golf Association has supported the nonprofit St. Mary’s Home with a golf tournament. Members visited the Home today to donate $2,500 from the proceeds of this year’s tournament. 

“We know that a lot of work goes into the tournament,” Hilton said as she and Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, greeted the group. “It just means a lot to the care care of our children. It really touches the heart. Thank you.”

Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, (left) and Mary Helen Hilton, director of annual giving, (center), stand in front of the donor tree in St. Mary’s lobby as they accept a donation to the Home presented by Sally Corliss, chair of the Ocean View Women’s Golf Association’s tournament. “It’s because of donations like this that we can go the extra mile” for the children, Stewart told the group. 

Spring Concert & Dedication

On Sunday, St. Mary’s Home continued celebrating its 65th anniversary with a free, public concert by The Rhythm Project. The acclaimed world percussion youth ensemble is the primary community program of the Virginia Arts Festival. “We love this music,” Martha Stewart, St. Mary’s director of development, said in introducing the group. “It’s the kind of music you can feel.”

After the concert, we dedicated a number of recent additions to the Home, including a koi pond, library, refurbished family room and our signature mermaid statue, “Embrace.” Crystle, who happened to be celebrating her 21st birthday on Sunday, pulled a red ribbon with Scott Crumley, who is building the Charity House at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Fall Homearama. Proceeds from the home will benefit the children and young adults of St. Mary’s Home. “What a great way for us to help you celebrate your 65th anniversary,” said William H. Halprin, president of the Tidewater Builders Association, noting the organization’s long tradition of giving back to the community.

Also during the event, Karen Hibbard, president of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s, presented the Home with a check for $10,000 for scholarships to send children from the Home to summer camp. Most of the money was raised during the Auxiliary’s auction in February, with the Auxiliary kicking in $500.  

In a nod to history, members of The Cape Henry  Model A Ford Club displayed their beautiful antique cars in front of the Home throughout Sunday’s events.

To see more photos from the spring concert and dedication, check out this slideshow: