Today's high tea at the r in Half Moon Bay showed that Valentine's Day doesn't have to be focused on candy and candlelight dinners.
Thanks to the Half Moon Bay, seniors were treated to a white glove service complete with scones, cookies, sandwiches, fruit, and a selection of teas and juices.
"We wanted to extend the luxuries our guests experience to deserving members of the community, such as the seniors at the Coastside Adult Day Health Center," said Andrea Stark, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay spokesperson.
Several of the Ritz's "ladies and gentlemen" came out to the center in Half Moon Bay to help out with the event, Stark said.
The event was part of the global hotel chain's Community Footprints program, an initiative aimed at giving back to local communities in three areas: hunger and poverty relief, the well being of children, and environmental preservation and conservation.
Though elegant, the delectables were just part of the overall experience.
Second grade students from serenaded the group while they ate. Even a Valentine's King and Queen were crowned to preside over it all.
While the event was aimed at providing an enjoyable holiday experience for seniors, it also prompted a few to reflect on some of the most important Valentines in their lives.
"Some of the attendees said they'd lost their spouses and Valentine's Day is a particularly difficult time for them," Stark said. "It was a perfect opportunity to give them a Valentine's Day experience that they'll remember."
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