Dec. 5 event to raise funds to help local homeless and high-risk girls and young women

Media Contacts: Sara Govan, EAFocus Communications, 248.877.9200,; Shirley Maddalena, Host, 248.318.1820,

Birmingham, Mich. – Nov. 11, 2014 – Birmingham business owner and charity hostess Shirley Maddalena of Maddalena Design announces the annual holiday high tea event to support Alternatives For Girls (AFG), a Detroit-based organization helping local homeless and high-risk girls and young women, is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The holiday high tea, celebrating its 26th year in 2014, serves not only as a charity fundraiser but also as a holiday kick-off event for family and friends, old and new.

“For 26 years, the holiday high tea has presented the opportunity to ring in the holidays and support women’s charities,” Maddalena said. “There are women who have been coming to the tea since 1988 and others who recently discovered the event and want to make it an annual tradition. Many of the attendees have also become volunteers and supporters of Alternatives For Girls year round after learning of the positive impact AFG has on girls and young women in the Detroit area.”

In addition to networking, the holiday high tea features a silent auction of new and white elephant treasures brought by guests.100% of the proceeds benefit Alternatives For Girls. Auction items include jewelry, books, home décor, food baskets, bakery treats and fresh floral arrangements.
According to Maddalena, the auction items are a highlight of the event for the guests and have raised approximately $12,000 each year to directly support Alternatives For Girls.

The event begins at 3 p.m. Holiday high tea tickets are $60 or $100 for Patrons. Sponsorship packages are also available (Platinum sponsorship for $3,500 includes eight tickets; Gold sponsorship for $2,000 includes four tickets; Silver sponsorship for $1,000 includes two tickets). All sponsorship levels include significant recognition.

To purchase tickets, go to the Alternatives For Girls website or send a check payable to Alternatives For Girls (ATTN: Holiday High Tea) to 903 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, although advanced ticket sales are appreciated.

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 here.

About Maddalena Design
Maddalena Design, a full-service interior design house, celebrates nearly 40 years of creating enduring designs and visual themes for commercial and residential properties. To learn more about Maddalena Design please visit