A Victorian tea party fundraiser to benefit the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee drew more than 60 people to support efforts to celebrate voting rights activist and native daughter Susan B. Anthony.

iBerkshires.com reports the event at the Red Carpet raised funds for the month-long celebration that starts next February and ends in August 2020 honoring the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote

The observances of the two historic dates will include the erection of statues of Anthony at age six, when she resided in Adams, and at age 56, when she presented the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States in Philadelphia on July 4, 1876.

The combined sculpture will be unveiled on the Adams Town Common in August 2020.

The unveiling ceremony will include a hometown parade and festival, and a series of other events to celebrate the enormous strides that American women have made over the past two centuries.

The celebration committee's goal is to raise $300,000 for the entire event — $130,000 of this will go toward the bronze statue of Anthony. It's close to its initial $100,000 benchmark that will trigger Adams Community Bank's pledge of a $25,000 match.

Also in attendance at the tea were sculptor Brian Hanlon, who has been commissioned to design, cast and erect the statues of Anthony, and state Rep. John Barrett III.

Following the tea party, an after-party cake cutting ceremony and meet and greet were held at the Firehouse Café on Park Street.

For more information regarding this celebration visit: celebratesusanbanthony.org.

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