Annual Sojourner House Victorian Tea Fundraiser Enters Its 17th Year

Sojourner House will host its 17th Annual Victorian Tea on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. Social hour will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests will have the option of attending in-person or virtually.

The Victorian Tea is the signature fundraiser for the organization. It is an important awareness event that brings together over 300 individuals: many mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons, along with corporate, community, and church-based friends.  Attendees will enjoy a traditional tea, silent auction, and raffle while learning about the award-winning work of East Liberty-based Sojourner House — a six-month residential rehabilitation program for addicted mothers and their children — and hear the inspiring stories of the families who have lived there.

Award-winning journalist Brian Cook will emcee this year’s Victorian Tea.  Megs Yunn, Founder and Executive Director of Beverly’s Birthdays, is this year’s Honorary Chair.

Kathleen Hendrickson, a resident of Point Breeze and a long-time supporter and volunteer, will be honored posthumously as this year’s Pearl of Hope Honoree. “Kathy Hendrickson was one of the calmest, most considerate, and compassionate people I have ever met,” said Liz Wasel, Sojourner House Volunteer Coordinator. “Kathy volunteered at Sojourner House for eight years as a homework helper for the children. Kathy had a special way of making each child feel important, even if that child was having a bad day.”

During the event, attendees will celebrate the successes of the families in the Sojourner House programs. Support of the Victorian Tea helps Sojourner House to continue the fight to keep families together so they can become healthy, productive citizens in their communities.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or to support Sojourner House, call 412-441-7783 ext. 105, or email Lhayakawa@sjhpa.org