Duet: Partners In Health & Aging continues an almost 30-year-old tradition of raising funds for the interfaith organization during the holidays.

Duet will hold its 27th annual Poinsettia Tea from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch. Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being to hundreds of Valley residents through a broad range of services.

All proceeds raised from the Poinsettia Tea will support Duet’s health and aging services, which are provided free of charge to family caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, homebound adults and faith communities.

“The Poinsettia Tea is one of our most important and well-known fundraising events of the year,” said Gordon Sims, development director for Duet. “It’s a wonderful annual tradition for our supporters of all faiths, and all proceeds from the event go toward our efforts to help foster a community where everyone ages with dignity and hope. Through this annual fundraiser, we’re able to help homebound adults, grandparents raising grandchildren, family caregivers and nurses in a variety of faith communities.”

While always paramount, Duet’s fundraising efforts have increased over the past few months. In October, Duet secured a lease on an 8,800-square-foot office space near 31st and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix. The move is scheduled to take place this month, with an open house and ribbon cutting planned for early 2018. Duet has been housed on the campus of the Church of the Beatitudes for 36 years. To pay for the move, Duet launched a new fundraising campaign, “Let’s Soar,” with a goal of raising $250,000. The campaign will underwrite the capital costs of moving and rent, while also helping Duet keep up with the growing need for its services.

During the Poinsettia Tea, the Dosia Carlson KARED About Award will be given to Wilma Basnett Emerson, who has served as superintendent of the Osborn School District for 26 years and volunteers with a variety of local organizations. Basnett Emerson currently serves on Duet’s board of directors and has provided the group with strategic leadership over many years.

Attendees can enjoy tea, scones, sandwiches and desserts while listening to the holiday sounds of the North Valley Chorale. Destry Jetton, an executive producer and host of Channel 12’s “Arizona Midday,” will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

“One unique aspect of this event is that it truly is an intergenerational affair — families bring their kids, parents and grandparents out to support Duet,” Sims said. “It’s something hundreds of people look forward to every year, and we hope to see new people add the Poinsettia Tea to their list of holiday traditions.” JN

Tickets are $70, with $37 of each ticket being tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased online at duetaz.org or by calling 602-274-5022.

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