Dolls, tea and Christmas will be the theme for the fundraiser to benefit the Western New York Kidney Connection.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, the Dolly & Me Christmas Tea event will be held at Moon Brook Country Club, North Main Street Extension. Along with a sit-down lunch, the fundraiser will be an opportunity for children, and those young at heart, to have their picture taken with their favorite live ''Doll.'' Also, there will be a beauty spa with hair styling and manicures and a doll clothing boutique. Jeanette Ostrom of the Western New York Kidney Connection said this is the second year for the fundraiser, which she hopes becomes an annual event.
''We are going to have girls dressed up as living dolls, like American Girls dolls,'' she said. ''There will be girls dressed up like their favorite doll. The girls will be ages 3 to 12. They can have their picture taken with their favorite doll. There will be a beauty salon so they can have their hair done like the doll, and their nails.''
From left, Jeanette Ostrom of the Western New York Kidney Connection with her granddaughters, Georgia Swanson and Gwendolyn Swanson. Ostrom and her granddaughters are preparing for the Dolly & Me Christmas Tea that will be happening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Moon Brook Country Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Western New York Kidney Connection.
The event benefits the Western New York Kidney Connection, which is a website - www.kidneyconnection.org - helping those searching for a donor for a transplant. All the proceeds will go toward the Kidney Connection to help those in need find donors. Last year, more than $4,000 was raised.
''We help local people who need a kidney transplant find living donors,'' Ostrom said. ''So far we have 11 success stories. Eleven people have had kidney transplants from complete strangers because of the Kidney Connection.''
There will be live entertainment with The Dolly Girls, and raffles with baskets and an American Girl doll as prizes.
Tickets are $36 for an adult and $22 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required by calling 450-8958 or by email to email@example.com.
The Kidney Connection will also be hosting a second Dolly & Me Christmas Tea event at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant, 6461 Transit Road, Depew.
The Western New York Kidney Connection was founded in 2006.