06 Oct Cup O’ Cheer
When the 25th Annual Cup O’Cheer Homes Tour Holiday Tea & Market was postponed in 2020, we were hopeful to be able to gather in 2021 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our favorite holiday event. Although it was encouraging to see case and hospitalization numbers decrease after a local spike of the COVID-19 Delta variant, we closely monitored the situation and decided to go with a “Tea Party At Home” Cup O’Cheer in 2021 due to the safety issues that continue. Our global organization has strongly recommended to all Ronald McDonald House Charities programs that all indoor events be suspended until further notice.
We know there was disappointment all around, but we know this decision was best for all involved. Like you, we miss the tradition of touring beautiful homes, enjoying a cup of Holiday tea with desserts and savory treats, collecting a commemorative Teacup & Saucer, shopping our market and silent auction, and spending precious time with the special people in our lives. Although we could not safely hold the 25th Annual Cup O’Cheer in-person, we wanted the tradition to continue and brought the party to our guests!
We had a great time seeing everyone’s photos and hearing your stories as you partied from home with your Tea Party in a Box! If you missed getting yours, teacups & saucers are still available for purchase.
In 2005, longtime Ronald McDonald House supporters and owners of Obelisk Home Nathan Taylor and J. Kent Martin offered to design and source a special teacup and saucer for the 10-year anniversary of Cup O’ Cheer. Each year since, the creative team behind Obelisk Home has created a new and unique design for the event.
Amidst the turmoil that continues spreading across the US and around the world due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, J. wanted to do something extra special to promote goodwill and peace. He reached out to local artist extraordinaire Stephanie Cramer to collaborate; she was challenged to create a painting that evoked harmony and hope to wrap the teacup design. “Peace in Our World” is not only featured on the 2021 cup but the original framed painting was graciously donated by the artist and Obelisk Home to be raffled for the benefit of Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.
Although our plans had to change, our mission remains the same. Your purchase and/or donation will directly benefit the children and families cared for by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, and your support is needed now more than ever.
Once again, we are hopeful that by November 2022, we will have a safe way to be together again and carry on the in-person tradition of Cup O’Cheer.