Taffeta Tea

We’d like to give a HUGE and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who made The Princess Project’s 2015 Taffeta Tea a spectacular success!  We knew this year’s Tea was off to a brilliant start when tickets sold out weeks before the event… and the Tea did not disappoint!

With the help of our sponsors, silent auction donors, vendors, guests and volunteers, we exceeded even our own expectations for this year’s event!  We look forward to using the funds we raised to expand our organization and send thousands of teens to prom.

A special thank you to our amazing speakers, who brought the house down (and the wallets out!):

  • Susan Kitchell:  Susan is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been working with students in the San Francisco Unified School District for 18 years.  Susan first heard about The Princess Project through a newspaper article more than ten years ago and began promoting the give-away events to students at her school site.  When students had fears about travelling alone to sites or being out alone, she began to organize and schedule “Prom Dress Field Trips” so that the young women could go in chaperoned groups.
  • Erin McFerrin:  An East Bay Area native, Erin went to Tulane University in New Orleans, where she studied English Literature.  A few years later, she went to Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, wher she earned her teaching credential.  She now teaches English and Leadership at Black Diamond High School in Pittsburg, and assists her students in attending Princess Project dress giveaways.
  • Ayesa Kearns:  Ayesa is a junior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.  She is an outstanding student with an impressive 3.67 GPA.   Ayesa is a leader at her school and is always looking for ways to help her community and fellow students.  She is an active member of the Associated Student body, and is also a talented basketball player.  Ayesa attended this year’s Princess Project dress giveaway where she found her perfect prom dress.

We’d also like to thank our many sponsors and donors listed below, who made this year’s event an afternoon to remember.

Please enjoy the photos below, which give a glimpse into the fabulous 2015 Taffeta Tea.  To see pictures from our prior Taffeta Tea events, visit our Photos page.  For information about next year’s Taffeta Tea, please email taffetatea@princessproject.org.

We can’t wait to see you all again next year!


Build Group


Dr. and Mrs. T.A. Giustina


Rocio Haas
Giancarlo and Rachel Giustina
Lisa LaHorgue
Carlyn Manly
Melvin Ueng and Alisa Sharp
Patrice Weinroth


Dogpatch WineWorks (gorgeous venue)
Just Catering (delicious food)
Patrick’s Floral Studios (breathtaking floral arrangements)
Dependable Letterpress (beautiful invitations)
Doug Despres Photography (award-worthy photography)
Riot Creative Imaging (lovely signage)


Butter London
Chloe + Isabel
Kit and Ace
Le Tote
SF Team
Taylor Stitch
theBalm Cosmetics
Tiffany & Co (c/o Shin Yi Brennan)
Toss Designs
Westfield Valley Fair

Food and Wine
Lovejoy’s Tea Room
Mason Pacific
Scribe Winery
St. George Spirits

Bell & Trunk
Chronicle Books
Darby Smart
Michael’s Custom Built, Inc.
Miss Alice Designs
Sloat Garden Center
Tara Stewart

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Galileo Innovation Camps
Reading Bug
Tutu School
Urban Sitter

Personal Services
Bash Creative
Benefit Cosmetics
Farmgirl Flowers
Fog City Dogs
Illuminata Skin Care
Joshua Ets-Hokin Photography
Kimberly Jones Esthetics
Nicole Angelo Photography
Patricia Becker
Patrick’s Floral Studios
Silk Hands & Feet Spa
True Emerald
Yesenia Guinea – Hair Stylist

Sports and Entertainment
Barry’s Bootcamp
Brian Estebez
Carlyn Manly
Dailey Method
Sports Basement