By Leslie Gibson

Herald-Banner Staff

Centerpieces glittered in deep blues, gold, pink, and silver, or warmly set a table in red and green in the Chandelier Room of City Hall, where about 100 attended the annual fund-raiser Christmas luncheon of the Royse City Friends of the Library.

Sponsoring attendees, seated eight to a table, literally topped off the fund-raising with desserts: In an auction with competitive bidding from throughout the room on many homemade baked goods, a pan of brownies went for $65 and a pumpkin pie for $35; everything sold at Christmas cheer prices.

“It was a very successful event,” said Mary Johnson, emcee. “We had fun doing it.”

Sponsors were responsible for decorating their tables. Betty Crenshaw, for the table of retired Rockwall County tax assessor collector, Kathryn Feldpausch, created a tree of flowers and ribbons in muted glowing colors and fabrics, which won the decor contest.

Lots of oohs and aahs also greeted the American National Bank table, first one at the doorway, which shone deeply in elegant blue shades, with the them of “Christmas in Paris”, complete with Eiffel tower, and trunks of antique jewelry. Mary Grace Frasier provided vintage hats for her fellow co-workers to wear and the men wore suits, all together cutting a sophisticated front-piece for the entire room of Christmas decorations.

Music was provided by the Geyman Family and Friends of Kae Lyn and young Kyle Geyman, and Mary Thompson and Michelle Fischer on keyboard. They are members of First Baptist Church of Royse City.

Royse City’s two newest doctors attended with others from newly opened Lake Pointe Medical Partners in Royse City. Dr. Jimmi Raj, family and sports medicine, and Dr. Trever Rester, internal medicine and pediatrics said they were glad to be in Royse City.

Josi Peller, of Friends of the Library, took pictures and outfitted her group’s table with the help of Kathy Davis.

The famous china pattern “The Friendly Village” created a cozy table for the TOPS group, with Jane Kemmis and Rose Cantrell and Marilyn Robinson helping with the table.

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