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Tablescapes a feast for the eyes

Third place honors at Safe Harbor’s annual Tablescapes Luncheon went to Jennifer Meadows, left, and Niki Bennett, right, who combined their two tables with a bright red bridge constructed by Meadows’ father to illustrate their theme, “Bridge Together to Prevent Child Abuse.” (Photo Courtesy of Angie Long)

Third place honors at Safe Harbor’s annual Tablescapes Luncheon went to Jennifer Meadows, left, and Niki Bennett, right, who combined their two tables with a bright red bridge constructed by Meadows’ father to illustrate their theme, “Bridge Together to Prevent Child Abuse.” (Photo Courtesy of Angie Long)

By ANGIE LONG
The Greenville Advocate

Saturday Kathy Smyth, director of Safe Harbor, encouraged everyone present at the organization’s annual Tablescapes Luncheon  at LBW’s Wendell Mitchell Center to “relax and enjoy all the beauty and creativity and camaraderie around you. It’s a time to celebrate.”

The 2l sponsored tables were certainly a reflection of the imagination of all those involved in the creation of each theme: from candy-colorful and whimsical to elegant and understated, they truly presented a feast for the eyes — and a tough job for the judges.

In the end, two tables were chosen for Honorable Mention accolades: Brenda Norman and Ashley Norman’s delightful “We All Scream for Ice Cream” and Cheryl Nelson’s charming “Love is a Flower.”

Third place honors went to Jennifer Meadows and Niki Bennett, who combined their two tables with a bright red bridge constructed by Meadows’ father to illustrate their theme, “Bridge Together to Prevent Child Abuse.”

Katrina Scofield, who stepped in to create the tablescape for sponsor David Saliba, took second place with her Biblical-themed “Fishers of Men” design. And first place honors went to Mary Dearing, whose charming and imaginative theme “Happiness is Blowing Bubbles” won over the judges.

Several individuals were recognized by Smyth for their integral roles in making the luncheon a success for the past six years, including Sara Jean Atkins, Betty Thomas, Brenda Norman, Joann Mathews and Deborah Crews.

Attendees, who enjoyed a turkey and dressing meal with all the trimmings courtesy of Bates House of Turkey, also had the opportunity to bid on a large array of fine art prints, jewelry, home decor, beach trips and more during the silent auction. A number of door prizes donated by area businesses and individuals were given away during the luncheon.

“It’s really amazing. This is an event with a waiting list. People call and ask if they can donate door prizes; we don’t have to ask them,” said Smyth. “The community support is truly wonderful.”

Safe Harbor, the Butler County Children’s Advocacy Center, serves young people who have witnessed or experienced abuse and violence. A multi-disciplinary team combining social workers, law enforcement, the judicial system and counselors work together to help these children.