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Golf, tea and more delight guests who 'T Off' at the Pines

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Sheri McDaniel (left) accepts her award for “Most Festive High Tea Hat” from Amy Alcocer, executive director of the College of The Albemarle Foundation, during the foundation’s High Tea and Golf Tournament at The YMCA at The Pines, Friday. The event was a fundraiser for the foundation.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The College of The Albemarle Foundation took its best shot at raising $20,000 Friday with its T Off event at the YMCA at the Pines.

According to organizers, the foundation raised $12,500 from the event after paying expenses.The major fundraising event for the COA Foundation raised $8,400 last year.

This year’s fundraiser included a golf tournament with beer and wine samples and food prepared by COA’s culinary arts students served along the course. There also was a high tea and fashion show followed by an awards ceremony and dinner to bring everyone — golfers, tea-drinkers, fashionistas — together at the end of the day.

Amy Alcocer, executive director of the COA Foundation, told the crowd during the awards ceremony that money raised at the event will make a life-changing difference for students.

“Today is a lot bigger deal than just raising money,” Alcocer said. “It’s about impacting lives.”

Attendees gave the event high marks.

John Maurice, president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University, said he enjoyed the golf tournament.

“It was a really great day out there,” he said. “The pace of play was good.”

Maurice said the food along the course was a great addition to the event. “The food was delicious,” he said.

The event was also well organized, Maurice said. Alcocer did a great job handling the logistics and had lots of friendly, hard-working volunteers helping out, he said.

The course at the YMCA at the Pines is in good shape, Maurice said. The greens have grown in and the fairways are in excellent condition, he noted.

The Rev. Milton Jianulis of Williamsburg, Virginia, said he played on the team with Maurice, who is a good friend.

“I enjoyed the day very much,” Jianulis said. “The hospitality was stupendous.”

Harriet DeHart of Edenton said she thought the event was a great way to raise funds while also getting the word out about the great programs available at COA. It was a chance to experience firsthand the delicious food prepared by the college’s culinary students, which is an indication of the excellent instruction the students are receiving, she said.

DeHart said she was glad the rain held off and golfers were able to complete their rounds. “You couldn’t ask for a more relaxing event,” she said.

For non-golfers there was a high tea and fashion show.

Andrea Dance, the registrar at COA, said she enjoyed the tea, which included a choice of four different teas and a traditional tea menu with items such as scones and cucumber sandwiches.

“It’s my first one,” Dance said of the tea.

Participants in the tea wore elaborate hats, which Dance said are part of the traditional attire for high tea. The fashion show highlighted the offerings of local vendors, she said.

Dance said she would like to see the foundation hold another similar event in the future.

“This is a great event for faculty and staff to participate in and to bring them together, because there was something for everyone to do,” Dance said.

Jan King Robinson said the high tea was done well.

“It was utterly delightful,” she said. “And that’s from a true tea drinker. I’m a tea drinker. It was really nice.”

The event was a fun way to raise money for the COA Foundation, she said.

“It was very creative, too,” Robinson said.

Josh Bass, president of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce, said he thought the T Off was a great event.

“COA has done a good job of doing a lot of new events,” he said.

The first-place team in the golf tournament was Vidant, which consisted of Andrew Womble, Dean Mattix and Zack Beasley.

Finishing second was the Northeastern Flooring team of Bob Fogarty, Rob Morris, Tony Embry and Tim Weir.

The last-place team, whose members won golf lessons at the Pines, was the Towne Bank team. Team members were Jason Phelps, George Thomas, Phil Donahue and Mark Maland.

Sheri McDaniels won an award for most festive hat at the high tea.

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