Chari-Tea Party for OCRF

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining some fabulous fellow moms, celeb mom Kelly Ripa and Electrolux at The Plaza Hotel in New York for an adorable Chari-Tea in support of the Ovarian Cancer Reasearch Fund.

Kelly Ripa and Electrolux joined dozens of mothers and daughters for a Chari-Tea Party recently to help fight ovarian cancer.

109893251_DK_2812_B8B5DE17A4BC7C4C68311CE7505BED43-2 The Chari-Tea Party, sponsored by Electrolux, kicked off a special effort in support of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) initiative to help find a cure. Everyone can visit and choose an outfit for Kelly’s Chari-Tea Party and Electrolux will then donate $1 to OCRF, as part of their $750,000 commitment to the cause. (You can also enter for a chance to win the ultimate party accessory – a Perfect Steam™ washer and dryer!! Electrolux has committed $750,000 to support OCRF’s mission to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. “What better way to support OCRF – an organization that helps women – than by doing something terrific with your daughter,” said Kelly as she introduced the event with Electrolux CEO Kevin Scott.

Kelly chari-tea Seriously, I was drooling over the Electrolux laundry line: I’ve been hinting to my husband that we are getting to the end of our dryer’s life. Our dryer, a hand-me-down, now takes three dry cycles to get clothes dry. Super energy-efficient, no? Doing laundry takes me approximately 2 days (I get distracted easily). Not to mention how traumatic this is for my son when its blankey wash day! But my husband is of the If-It-Ain’t-Broke-We’re-Not-Replacing-It-Yet Philosophy of Appliances. So I must wait. And dream. (Yes, I dream about appliances. Shut up.)

And with three kids – and a muddy spring ahead fulled with of piles of smelly soccer clothes – the amazing capacity of the Electrolux laundry appliances has my attention. They have the only front load washer and dryer that get 50 outfits clean. AT ONCE. Between that and Electrolux having that the shortest wash-to-dry time (just 36 minutes to wash AND dry your clothes) and the Perfect Steam setting that would mean no more ironing, I’d have so much time on my hands!

Sigh. Someday. Now I have to tackle the ironing mountain in the corner of my bedroom. (Seriously. My husband is out of work shirts so I can’t put it off any longer. I’m turning on Pride and Prejudice while I iron. The 6 hour one. Maybe Mr. Darcy can help me forget how much I hate to iron.)

For more information on OCRF or Electrolux, please visit

disclosure: My participation in the ‘Chari-Tea Party’ Campaign was sponsored by Electrolux who provided me with transportation arrangements to and from New York City to participate. Photos provided by Electrolux. As always, all opinions are my own.


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Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


  1. 1
    Shannon says:

    Mel, can you imagine going from 3 full dry cycles (how do you DO that without going CRAZY?!?!) all the way down to just 36 minutes to wash and dry? Heaven! Looks like a great event!

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    Kelly Whalen says:

    Looks like it was a great event! I love that it’s so easy to donate and enter to win a washer and dryer. While I have a newer set those sound AMAZING.
    Maybe you need to give your little guy a hammer and tell him to whack that old dryer? Just a thought. 😉

  3. 3
    melissa says:

    interesting idea, kelly. you know, he did just get a tool kit for his birthday….

  4. 4
    Whitney says:

    What a fun event – everyone looks adorable in the group pict!

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    I think I’d find a way to sever the belt to that dryer, asap. Electrolux makes wonderful appliances. I lusted over them when I bought my front loader set a year or so ago. I ended up with Samsung, and I’m happy, but those Electrolux are SWANK.

  6. 6
    melissa says:

    i know. these are the top dogs, for sure!

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    Megan says:

    Don’t you wish that there was a laundry fairy? (And a cleaning fairy, and a cooking fairy, and a schlepping the kids fairy…) Ha! Maybe I just need a “wife.”