Proceeds support programs that serve local homeless and high-risk girls and young women and help them make positive life choices

CONTACT: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications, 248.260-8466

Shirley Maddalena, Host: 248.318.1820,

Birmingham, Mich. –– November 4, 2019 — Shirley Maddalena, of prominent interior design firm Maddalena Design, Ltd., is pleased to announce she will again host the popular Holiday High Tea to benefit Alternatives For Girls (AFG). Proceeds from this festive occasion will go toward AFG programs that help homeless and at-risk girls and young women make positive choices in life.  This has been a time-honored tradition for Maddalena, who has been hosting the tea as a benefit for 31 years. The afternoon tea takes place on Thursday, December 5, at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. 

“Tea at the Townsend is a perfect way for mothers, daughters and friends to ring in the holiday season, and I continue to look forward to hosting this delightful event,” Maddalena said.  “It is particularly gratifying to see many returning guests who have made this their annual tradition—and even better, have become volunteers and supporters of Alternatives For Girls after learning more about the positive impact AFG has on girls and young women in Detroit.”  

Guests will enjoy warmth, hospitality and delectable teatime delights, and have the opportunity to bid on new and gently used treasures donated by guests in the featured silent auction. Auction items include jewelry, books, home décor, food baskets with iconic Detroit brands, bakery treats and fresh floral arrangements—with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Alternatives For Girls.  Amy Good, CEO of Alternatives For Girls, noted the value of the annual tea to AFG. 

“Shirley Maddalena’s generosity in presenting the annual Holiday High Tea to benefit Alternatives For Girls has provided critical support to the organization. The event has raised significant funds and most importantly, inspired guests to become friends of AFG—making a real impact on AFG’s work,” Good said. “I am deeply appreciative of Shirley’s ongoing commitment to AFG’s mission of providing resources and opportunities to the girls and young women we serve. I look forward to another charming tea at the Townsend on December 5!”

The Holiday High Tea to Benefit Alternatives For Girls takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.  Tickets are $75 for regular admission or $125 for patron sponsors. To purchase tickets, go to the Alternatives For Girls website or send a check payable to Alternatives For Girls (ATTN: Holiday Tea) to 903 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208. Tickets may be purchased at the door if the event is not sold out; however, advance reservations are recommended. Please RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 21

Limited tables of 8 and sponsorships are also available. Sponsorship packages include the Platinum sponsorship for $3,500 includes eight tickets; gold sponsorship for $2,000 includes four tickets; and silver sponsorship for $1,000 includes two tickets. 

Questions can be directed to Taylor Gawlik, Alternatives For Girls, at or (313) 361-4000 ext. 273.

About Alternatives For Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. AFG accomplishes this mission through three key services: AFG Prevention, the AFG Shelter/Transition to Independent Living Program (TIL) and AFG Outreach. Learn more about Alternatives for Girls

About Maddalena Design

Maddalena Design, a full-service interior design house, has been creating enduring designs and visual themes for commercial and residential properties since 1976. To learn more about Maddalena Design, please visit