Mad Hatter Tea Party to kick off GNOCA events    

COURTESY PHOTOCorinne McKeown is ready with her hat for the upcoming Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness Mad Hatter Tea Party fundraiser on Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Newburyport.

NEWBURYPORT – Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) will launch its ninth season with a Mad Hatter Tea Party at Glenn’s Food and Libations, on Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Tea party participants are asked to decorate and wear a hat, one that would amuse, delight, bedazzle or inspire Alice. Prizes will be awarded for the best hats in a number of categories, such as most creative, high fashion, retro, derby, fairytale and up-cycled.

Claudia Harris, of the Elephant’s Trunk, will again be serving as the hat contest judge. She will be joined by Nancy Jones, of Newburyport Bank, and Assiah Russell, of Puttin’ on the Glitz. Chairperson for the event is Ann Marie Salmon, of Re/Max on the River. Alison and Matt Tames are creating the “Alice in Wonderland” props and sets.

“Hats off to healing, health and happiness!” is the slogan for the Tea Party.

A variety of specialty teas, sandwiches and sweets, along with numerous prizes, bountiful gift baskets and raffles, will be offered at the June 23 party. As in past years, many local businesses are contributing the food, prizes and raffle items. A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets for the Mad Hatter Tea Party are $35 and may be obtained by calling Deb Green at 978-225-6700 or by visiting Greetings by Design, 1 Rear Water St., Newburyport. Since seating is limited and since the event has sold out in past years, early purchase of tickets is recommended.

Founded in 2011, GNOCA has raised more than $245,000 in the last eight years. Charlene Ferreira and Glenn Mayers, chefs and owners of Glenn’s, have hosted and catered the Mad Hatter Tea Party since its inception.

With a series of upcoming fall events, GNOCA will be continuing to educate the public about the deadly disease, to support patient services for women with ovarian cancer in the Greater Newburyport area and to fund cancer research.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Month and the organization will be presenting three major events that month, including the Lantern Festival, at Bartlet Mall, on Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 1; the Boston Comedy Chicks, at the Firehouse, on Friday, Sept. 6; and the 5k Run/Walk in honor of Jackie Poor and Paula Holm, beginning and ending at Michael’s Harborside, on Sunday, Sept. 22. 

GNOCA works in partnership with Ovations for the Cure (, a nonprofit organization, in their promotion of knowledge of the disease, concrete hope and support for those already diagnosed, and significant scientific advancements leading to the cure.

GNOCA also holds discussion groups for those undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer or for ovarian cancer survivors. The group meets at 10:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month, at the YWCA. Call Deb Green at the above number for further information about the discussion group.


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