‘Victorian Tea’ raises $76,000 for Sojourner House to help meet community needs

DE’NETTA BENJAMIN

The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that $76,000 was raised at the Sojourner House’s annual “Victorian Tea,” its signature event to raise funds and provide resources for women and their families who are recovering from addictions.

“People were very generous in their giving this year; and this funding will go a long way in helping us assist people in their journey to overcome addictions, strengthen their families, and become self-sufficient,” said De’netta Benjamin-Miller, Executive Director of Sojourner House, in a statement to the Courier.

ATTENDEES OF THE 12TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN TEA

The 17th Annual Victorian Tea was held on Aug. 15 at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown. The Victorian Tea is an important awareness-building event and fundraiser that brings together individuals (mothers, daughters, fathers and sons) along with corporate, community, and church-based friends. Attendees enjoyed a traditional tea, silent auction and raffle, while learning about the award-winning work of the East Liberty-based Sojourner House. Sojourner House is a six-month residential rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children.

This year’s tea featured inspiring stories of individuals who have benefited from Sojourner House. The event was emceed by award-winning journalist Brian Cook Sr., and Beverly’s Birthdays Founder and Executive Director Megs Yunn served as the Honorary Chair.

A VICTORIAN TEA ATTENDEE…

The 17th Annual Victorian Tea was made possible by support from various organizations and corporations including, Presenting Sponsor: Lamar Advertising Company; Platinum Sponsor: UPMC and UPMC Health Plan; Gold Sponsors: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegheny Health Network, PA Health & Wellness; Silver Sponsors: Alphabet City Development, K&L Gates, KeyBank, Morgan Lewis & Bockus; Supporting Sponsors: Achieva Family Trust, Calvary Episcopal Church, DBR & Co., HBK CPA’s and Consultants, JFS Wealth Advisors, Post Script Productions, Signature Financial Planning, Sisterson & Co. LLP, Tritek Networks, Wagner Agency; and Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh Magazine.

DE’NETTA BENJAMIN, LEFT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SOJOURNER HOUSE.

This year marks Sojourner House’s 30-year journey of helping mothers and their families recover from addictions. Throughout those years, they have helped created numerous success stories of addicted mothers who have learned to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and chemical abuse, rebuild damaged relationships with their children, and rekindle hope.

Based in Pittsburgh, Sojourner House provides compassionate, faith-based residential recovery services to mothers and children. They help addicted mothers learn to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and chemical abuse while rebuilding damaged relationships with their children. Sojourner House believes women can shatter the chains of addiction and hopelessness when surrounded by what means most to them: their children.

 

 

 

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