In recognition of its 50th anniversary this year, the Junior Women's Club of Fairfield has donated $2,500 toward the renovation of the Burr Gardens Tea House and is planning to launch a membership drive next month.

The service group, which funds its philanthropy primarily through its "A Visit to Santa's House" event at the Burr Homestead each year, said its anniversary celebration would culminate with a gathering of club alumnae at the renovated tea house in the fall.

In a news release, the club said First Selectman Michael Tetreau would issue a proclamation on April 8 acknowledging the Junior Women's half century of service to the town. The membership drive also will launch that day.

The club has about 30 members of varying ages and backgrounds, according to the release, and is a member of Connecticut Junior Women Inc. It was founded in 1965 "for the general purpose of performing civic-minded projects promoted by the general membership."

The theme of the membership drive is "Celebrate Service," the club said.

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