Rose Colored Lasses Continue Holiday Tradition

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22By Terry Rogers

What began as a group of friends exercising at Curves, a fitness center designed for women, has grown into a fund-raising organization designed with fun in mind. The Rose Colored Lasses hold several fund raisers throughout the year to raise money for various charities in the Milford area. However, one of those fund raisers has become a holiday tradition for many who live in the town. This year, the group added “The Spectacular Tastes of Christmas” to their popular Holiday House Tour.

On Thursday, December 3, two tastings were scheduled at Sunset Cove in Milford. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Delaware Hospice Center. In addition, for a $10 discount on the ticket price for the tasting and Holiday House Tour, guests were asked to bring a toy valued at $15 or more to be donated to the Milford Police Department’s Annual Toy Drive.

“There are two wine tasting stations available,” said Dee Greenlee, one of the founding members of the group. “Wines by Bernie and Sposato Wines are here providing tastings. Sposato is here to promote their new winery which they have just recently opened. Many people recognize Wines by Bernie from events at Abbott’s Grill, but we wanted them to get more exposure in lower Delaware as they are predominantly recognized in the northern part of the state.” Ms. Greenlee said that Williams-Sonoma were on hand with holiday food preparation demonstrations while Pottery Barn offered food and table decorating tips. Bloom Designs also offered demonstrations on creating holiday arrangements and wreaths for holiday décor.

“We just like to have fun,” Ms. Greenlee said. “All of our events are created with fun in mind. This one is one of our favorites since it has become a part of the holiday tradition for many people.”

The Rose Colored Lasses began as a group of friends who exercised at Curves before the fitness center closed its doors. According to Sharon Brown, another founding member of the organization, the women were approached to begin a Relay for Life team, which they did, becoming one of the top fund raising groups at the event.

“Then we started questioning where the money was going,” Ms. Brown said. “We didn’t like that a large portion of the money we raised left the area, so we decided to begin raising money for our own causes. At one event, we raised enough money to place air conditioners in the Home of the Brave. We’ve donated money to the KenCrest Group Home in Dover. This time we are hoping to purchase love seats for each room at Delaware Hospice that will open into beds for families who are staying at the bedside of loved ones. I think we’ve already raised enough to purchase two so we’re hoping to raise enough for more of them.”