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Loaves & Fishes Ladies Tea Party

Story + Photography by Tony Centonze

Laura Crow, Faye Hand, Marsha Johnson, Marcia Williams

More than 60 local ladies recently came out to F&M Bank's Franklin Room to enjoy an elegant afternoon of tea, fancy hats, and fundraising for Loaves & Fishes.

Loaves & Fishes serves tens of thousands of meals each year to Clarksville's homeless and hungry.

Jill Crow took a moment to give thanks for those in attendance, and the community support that has already gotten her organization 2/3 of the way to its goal.

“This is one of the many fundraisers we will be doing throughout the next three years as part of the capital campaign to fund our new facility,” Crow said. “We wanted to so something for the ladies in our community, and we thought an afternoon tea would be fun. It's an opportunity for us to dress up, and wear our hats and pearls.

“All the money will go to the new building campaign. We are currently at $1.1 million, but, we will need this community's continued support to reach our goal of $1.5 million.”

The catered event featured tea and coffee, as well as a variety of fruits, cheeses and sandwiches. Harpist Ted Jones provided the entertainment. There was also an auction that featured artwork by local artists, gift baskets, and some of the hats that were being worn by Crow and her L & F team.

For more information about Loaves & Fishes and its mission, go to

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