Chari-Tea

Highlights from Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea presented by American Momentum Bank

The first highlight from our 2017 Spring Chari-Tea was awarding Rachel Revill of Perfect Timing Concierge a $1,000 Business Builder Grant.  Like many of us as an entrepreneur, Rachel had several dreams and goals for her future.  Then her life changing moment hit as a significant health scare.  Her dreams and goals all were put on hold except for oneto get her health backRachel has confronted her health challenge with the dignity, grace and strength of character we all hope we’d have.

Rachel is winning!  Her eyes have this special sparkle again and when she recently gave her 30-second commercial about Perfect Timing Concierge, she once again spoke proudly about her business and is read for more.

Rachel wrote, “I am overwhelmed with joy, still in shock, amazingly blessed and enormously grateful for Karen Mertes. Today at Fulfill Your Destiny‘s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea, I was one of two recipients to receive the Business Builder Grant in the amount of $1000, Ashley Grant was awarded a grant as well.

Thank you Karen and Teri Morrow from the bottom of my heart for your generous heart and gift of love.  Being in the midst of beautiful, powerful, strong and supportive women today was an illustration of community and sisterhood.

This has been an incredible day for me!  Stay tuned to see how your investment in me helps others.  With gratitude!” ~ Rachel Revill, Perfect Timing Concierge

BG winner 2A second highlight was presenting another Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant to Ashley Grant of The Famous Ashley GrantAshley was also awarded a $1,000 Business Builder GrantAshley is a gifted writer and blogger and like Rachel, was really coming into her own as an entrepreneur when her life challenge hit with a family tragedy.

Ashley wrote, “I’m still in shock and humbled, and honored, and shocked, and grateful, and shocked, and amazed, and shocked, and excited about the fact that I was one of the two recipients of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grants in the amount of $1,000 at today’s Spring Chari-Tea.  Rachel Revill was the other winner.  Neither one of us had ANY idea that we were going to be given these grants today.

I am going to use my grant to get incorporated and launch my Bloggy Friends show I’ve been dreaming about. Thank you Karen Mertes for all that you do.  I hope to make you proud with this amazing gift. Big, ginormous, ridiculous hugs girl.

Jeannie HollidayBig thank you to Jeannie Holliday and Jodi Perez for your contribution to this amazing grant as well.  I hope to make you ladies proud too.  Big hugs fellow chics!
I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and Rachel, and I look forward to paying it forward one day!!!!”
~ Ashley Grant, The Famous Ashley Grant

car recipientAnother highlight from our 2017 Spring Chari-Tea was presenting Lyda H  with a ‘new to her’ Toyota Corolla.  Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success partnered to make this happen when Fulfill Your Destiny donated $3,000 to Wheels of Success for their ‘Build a Car’ program.  For the third year in a row, Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have partnered to present a local woman with a car at Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual Spring Chari-Tea.

Susan Jacobs shared, Fulfill Your Destiny‘ s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea presented by American Momentum Bank was sold out again for the 4th year in a row and everyone had lots of fun.  For the 3rd year in a row this event featured a Wheels of Success Build-A-Car presentation to a deserving young woman, Lyda, and Teri who received her vehicle last year was there as well to let everyone know how the car has changed her life.  Thank you Karen Mertes, Founder and CEO for starting this wonderful organization and for all you do for the community. We are proud to partner with you.” ~ Susan Jacobs, Wheels of Success

momentumThank you to our 2017 Teapot Title SponsorAmerican Momentum Bank and our other 40 very generous sponsors as well as all the beautiful ladies that attended our signature annual event.  Together we positively impacted two entrepreneurs as well as a single mother’s life!

Another highlight from our Spring Chari-Tea this year was helping ladies in transition with Answered Prayers Project.  Fulfill Your Destiny commissioned Answered Prayers Project to make custom Teapot ornaments through a donation Fulfill Your Destiny made to Answered Prayers Project.  All guests that attended Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea presented by American Momentum Bank received one of these custom made ornaments as a gift for attending this year’s Chari-Tea.

Carolynn HeroFulfill Your Destiny recognizes people and companies who have helped further our mission of helping others by presenting them with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed.  This year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award was presented to Carolynn Smith of Seven Marketing & PR.

Carolynn Smith of Seven Marketing & PR was presented with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award for repeatedly making connections and showcasing Fulfill Your Destiny in unique ways that have helped us further our mission of helping others.

Save the Date: March 24, 2018

Who will be honored next year at our Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2018 Spring Chari-Tea on Mar 24, 2018 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM?  It’s never too early to sponsor and make your reservations to attend our 5th Annual signature event.  We’ve sold out each year!  Please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by phone at 813-481-9895 for more info.

Here’s What People Are Saying About our 2017 Spring Chari-Tea:

“How adorable are these center pieces?!?!? The Chari-Tea is awesome and it’s so fitting that these flower center pieces are made with teapots!!!!  Well done Fulfill Your Destiny!!!!!” ~ Ashley Grant, The Famous Ashley Grant

“Love when I can represent Sylvia Thomas Center at these events where others give back to communities!” – Pearl Knapp Chiarenza

“Thank you Answered Prayers Project for our fabulous ornaments from the Fulfill Your Destiny Chari-Tea event!  I love mine!!” ~ Billie Jo Grassinger Bell, LocalShops1

“Thank you to Karen Mertes, Fulfill Your Destiny and Susan Jacobs, Wheels of Success, Lyda is now the proud recipient of a ‘new to her’ vehicle as well as her family.  In addition, Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual Chari-Tea has honored many businesses and business women all while raising additional dollars to help many more.” ~ Diane Jamai

“A great event today for Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Annual Chari-Tea.  There were so many wonderful women there to support Karen Mertes and her outstanding work helping women within our community.  2 entrepreneurs received Business Builder Grants today along with a presentation of a car for another woman.  Lots of good all around.  Special thanks to Starr Elaine and Shining Star Insurance Services for inviting me today.  It was so nice to see so many friends and it was a lot of fun.” ~ Debra Palmer, Palmer Home & Business Inventory Professionals

“”Hats Off” to Karen Mertes for a fun-filled #FulFillYourDestiny Chari-Tea. Women dressing up to support other women.  Congrats to Rachel Revill and Ashley Grant for being awarded a Business Building Grant in the amount of $1,000 each. And congrats to Lyda for getting a “new to her” Toyota.  Great company with good conversations, prizes (damn I want to borrow your jewelry Kristi Haynes Campbell) and delicious scones, sandwiches and of course Tea. Fulfill Your Destiny glad that The Centre for Women was able to sponsor and my coworker Susan and I got to go.” ~ Kathleen Pravlik, The Centre for Women

“Lovely Saturday afternoon tea at Fulfill Your Destiny’s Annual 2017 Spring Chari-Tea!  Karen Mertes truly has a heart to serve women within the community and her passion is simply inspiring!  So wonderful to see so many friends who give back to help others. Congratulations to Rachel Revill and Ashley Grant for being awarded a Business Builder Grant and Lyda Haag for getting her “new” car!” ~ Jodi Avery, Real Estate Broker Associate

“I am so happy for Rachel and for Ashley.  I feel privileged to have been in the audience.”  ­~ Debra Palmer, Palmer Home & Business Inventory Professionals

“Another successful Chari-Tea!  It was awesome.  My guests really enjoyed themselves.” ~ Dell Rabinowitz, Urban E Recycling

“Hi Diane, I wanted to thank you again for inviting me to such a wonderful event on Saturday.  I had a great time and enjoyed learning more about the organization. I hope to attend next year as well.  Take care, Rachael”  ~ Rachael L. Greenstein

“The Centre for Women was proud to be a sponsor of Fulfill Your Destiny Spring Chari-Tea on Saturday.  Susan McIntyre, Director of Counseling & Wellness and Kathleen Pravlik, Director of Advancement attended the fun-filled event.  A chance to dress up, wear hats, drink tea and support an organization that has supported us in the past.  Karen Mertes did a fantastic job on her event. Women helping women at The Empress Tea Room & Bistro with Divine Menus Catering ~ Kathleen Pravlik, The Centre for Women

“Hello Karen, Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful time on Saturday.  It was full of nice surprises.  Well done!”  ~ Teri L. Morrow, PHR, RHU, REBC, CEBS, Principal, My Benefit Partners, LLC

“Great event Karen Mertes!  So many good things happened there and it was a lot of fun.” ~ Debra Palmer, Palmer Home & Business Inventory Professionals

“Wow!! What a great Tampa Bay Times article. I’m so proud of you Karen and so grateful for what you do for these women. My goal is to keep bettering myself so I can contribute more and more each year.  On behalf of these women, I know what life feels like on their side. Having a woman like you do these kind acts can lift a woman’s soul. Thank you.”  ~ Blessings, Nancy

P.S. Sending the picture to my mom — she’ll love it.” ~ Nancy Lucas

“Thank you for all you do.  I’ve heard so many good things about your Chari-Tea from ladies that had never been before (meaning, this year is their first year).” ~ Dell Rabinowitz, Urban E Recycling

“I want to say how much I enjoyed the Chari-Tea and meeting so many wonderful women.  You did a remarkable job of not only heading the event, but also being the emcee.  You certainly are a woman who knows how to wear many “hats”; all at the same time.” ~ Vickie Vail

Thank you all for coming to our

Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea presented by American Momentum Bank

American Momentum Bank

 

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2017sponsorFulfill Your Destiny is announcing our 2017 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event on Mar 25, 2017 returning again to the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.  Our 2017 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 25, 2017. 

100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea.  It’s not just tea; its Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea!  Please RSVP early as we sell out each year!

 

 

Thank you to all of our 41 Sponsors!

Showcasing our 5 Teacup Sponsors:

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Please bring several business cards with you as some of our Sponsors will be having a Raffle.

Sharing our 5 Oolong Tea Sponsors:

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Highlighting our 11 Herbal Tea Sponsors:

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Introducing our 19 Iced Tea Sponsors (listed alphabetically):

A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions, Inc.; Academic Alliance in Dermatology; Anita Roederer, Realtor, Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services; Biz Dynamics Group; Blo Tampa; Charity Chics North Tampa/Pasco, LLC; Cooperative Real Estate; Kohlerhaus; Marie Rosenbaum, Travel Consultant; Merchant Insurance Solutions; Robert H. Delafield, Inc.; Seven, LLC; TD Bank; South University ; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Centre for Women; The Women’s Council of Realtors – Tampa Network; Willow Healing; and Working Women of Tampa Bay.

Auction and Raffle Prize Donors

Thank you to our Auction and Raffle Prize Donors (list alphabetically):  AAD Aesthetics; Ackermann Maple Farm; Ana Wholley, Chole + Isabel; Art Passions; Arthur Murray Tampa; Aveda Level Salon Spa; B & D Wholesalers; Barbara Lodato; Bella’s Italian Cafe; Besito’s Mexican; Blo Tampa; Bonefish Grill; Bradford Portraits; By the Moon; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Cat’s Creations; CompassPointz; D – K Planners & Designs; Dan Johnson Designs; Denice Nanette, Chloe + Isabel; Designer Magnetic Jewelry; Design My Course; DSW; Earring Holder Galley; Edith Hicks, Premiere Designs; Eyes on You Salon & Spa; Flourish; Hyde Park Kendra Scott; jeanique,;Jen Miller, Plunder Design Jewelry; Jewelry Designs by Carol Anne; John Mroczek; Journey into Color Photography by Kathy Lerche; Just For You; Karen Embry Designs; Karen Mertes; KateKreates; Kathy Sparks Art; Kilroy Krafts; L.A. Parker Designs; Lady Fish Designs; Lancome at Macy’s – West Shore Plaza Mall; Lori Hlavsa; M & D Fine Jewelry; Margarita Sarmiento; Michelle Linden, Cutco Independent Specialist; Nancy DeMeyer; Nautilus Soap Company; Ocean of Gold, Inc.; Out of Hand!; Pami Pocket; Pane Rustica; Paradise Potter; Pillows ‘N’ Stuff; Pilot Bank; Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel; Sarafina’s; Sea Beans with Style; Seven, LLC; Sew Be It; Shannon Abitbol, Earth Essentials; SoHo Wellness; South Tampa Chamber of Commerce; Square 1 Burger & Bar; Steve Vaughn Tropics Gallery; Sweet Shop Confections; Tampa Bay Lightning; The Busted Hourglass; The Florida Orchestra;  The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute; The Messy Painter; The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium; The Write Place; Thistle Delights; Two Twisted Sisters Designs; Urban Phoenix Studios; Willow Healing; Woodsmith of Naples; and  Ybor City Wine Bar.

Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a very nice way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring.  

We’ll have over $25,000 in Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, Surprise Totes, Raffles, and a few other nice surprises.  

We’ll have several Silent Auction items available for bidding.

We’ll have a separate Jewelry Raffle for a 2.30 carat Oval Topaz and .10 total weight Round Brilliant Diamond Prong Necklace set in 14K Yellow Gold with Total Value of $749.00 donated by Hands Across the Bay.  Raffle tickets for this stunning jewelry will be 1 for $20, 3 for $50, and 7 for a $100 donation.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with 20 prizes valued at over $1,500. Tickets for the ‘your choice’ Raffle will be available with 10 tickets for a $20 donation.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a 50-50 Raffle with 5 tickets available for a $20 donation.

Elegant Hats designed locally by Gidget Fisher will be available for a $20 donation.

While guests enjoy a fabulous High Tea which includes 3-tiered plates with scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts, everyone will have opportunities to visit the Silent Auction tables, participate in our Jewelry Raffle, participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with over $1,500 in prizes, participate in the 50-50 Raffle, and select their favorite Elegant Hats by Gidget Fisher.

Guests will enjoy each other’s company as well as meet new friends and mingle while selecting one-of-a-kind teapot centerpieces with fresh floral arrangements available to take home by suggested donation.

NEW THIS YEAR!  Guests will have the opportunity to select Surprise Totes filled with unique items valued at at least double the requested donation for these totes.  Surprise Totes will be available for donations in the amounts of $50 (at least $100 value), $75 (at least $150 value), and $100 (at least $200 value).  Each Surprise Tote will be one-of-a-kind and very special!

We’ll hold three optional Hat Contests:  Prettiest, Most Creative, and Vintage.  Prizes will be awarded to the three winners.  NEW THIS YEAR!  Pilot Bank, as our Hat Contest Sponsor, has graciously agreed to donate three (3) $250 Certificate of Deposits (CDs), one (1) CD to each of our three Hat Contest Winners!

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for Great Food, Auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts and Fun! All attendees will receive a FREE gift! This year, Answered Prayers Project is custom making teapot ornaments for each guest. The Vision of Answered Prayers Project is to rebuild local communities, one woman at a time.   All guests will receive a special custom made teapot ornament for attending Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea.

Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have again partnered for a special presentation where we’ll be giving the keys to a ‘new to her’ vehicle to a woman at Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea.  Please have your cameras and tissues ready!

Live Auction

We’ll culminate the afternoon with our Live Auction. This year we’ve received the following 8 donations for our Live Auction:

1) Ybor City Wine Bar donated a Wine Flight for Ten.  This wonderful silent auction item includes a wine party for you and nine of your closest friends. Relax and enjoy your own private wine tasting led by a certified Sommelier. Your wine flight will begin with a glass of sparkling bubbles, followed by two white wines and then two red wines. There will be five wines in all. The wines will be handpicked selections from all over the world. This private, exclusive wine tasting should take about an hour and a half to enjoy so take your time. Ybor city wine bar is located in the heart of Ybor and you will have your choice of inside seating or outside on the veranda to watch the sites of the city.  The minimum starting bid will be $100. *

2) Besito West Shore donated ‘A Taste of Mexico with 3 of your closet Maestros!’“Your Besito experience includes our “Chefs” personal selection of appetizers, entrees, dessert and a few take home surprises. From the Bar, enjoy a tequila flight tasting and a selection of our signature Margaritas.” This Bestio Mexican Dining Experience has a value of $350 and the minimum starting bid will be $100. *

3) Magazine Style Photo Shoot plus $100 Credit from Flourish.  The Ultimate Girls Day Out!  Celebrate you and your relationships.  Perfect for sisters, cousins, mothers and daughters, and friends.  Your Photo Shoot includes a hair and makeup makeover for up to 2 people, help with wardrobe selection, wardrobe changes, posing guidance PLUS $100 towards portrait purchases.  Look and feel like a supermodel!  This package has a value of $395 and the minimum starting bid will be $100.*

4) Carolynn Smith, owner of Seven PR & Marketing has graciously donated a 3-hour PR and Marketing Consultation.  For any ladies seeking a starting place or needing inspiration to take your current marketing or public relations platform to the next level to increase revenue and exposure; Carolynn Smith, owner of Seven PR & Marketing is offering a 3-hour consultation to help you accomplish your PR goals!  Seven is a public relations, marketing and social media company. Seven’s professional abilities make your vision a reality.  Seven’s clients have been featured on National Fox News, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, ESPN, Daytime, ABC, NBC, and more!  This one-on-one consultation is valued at $500 and the minimum starting bid is $100.

5) Tampa Bay Lightning Ryan Callahan Autographed Hockey Stick.  The minimum starting bid is $150.

6) This Heidi Daus Collection includes a Necklace, Bracelet and Ring.  Elegance, Sophisticated and Confident defines the Heidi Daus woman.  It’s a sisterhood of sorts that is sure to create a special bond when a fan spots a Heidi Daus in a crowd.  This Heidi Daus jewelry collection embodies superior design, style and color.  Since 1981, the masterpieces of Heidi Daus have set precedence for the jewelry industry and pioneered the concept of statement jewelry.  Heidi’s love of fine art, nature, and home décor is reflected in her designs.  Each piece encompasses unique artistry and features stunning color ways, geometric art deco influences and intricate attention to detail.  Each carefully constructed Heidi Daus incorporates fine jewelry making techniques where the clearest of Swarovski crystals are used, Italian inspired chain and exquisite French wire.  Each piece is lovingly hand set and finished in the Heidi Daus propriety luxurious bronze tone finish.  “When a woman sparkles, the world sparkles with her.”  This collection is valued at $1,500 and the minimum starting bid will be $250.*

7) Exclusive Family Portrait plus Luxury 5 Diamond Hotel Stay in New York or Palm Beach.  Be photographed by World Renowned Bradford in either his New York or Palm Beach location.  Package includes a 20” wall portrait on canvas with lavish artistry plus a one night stay at either the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Westchester or the 5 Diamond, 5 Star Eau Resort in Palm Beach (formerly the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach).  Certificate valid through 11/4/2017.  This package has a value of $5,500 and the minimum starting bid will be $300.*

8)  Time for Me – Karen’s Ultimate Pampering and Relaxation Collection includesthree (3) 1-Hour Custom Massages from Willow Healing; a Deplaning Refresher Facial with Bea Erdman from Academic Alliance in Dermatology; 1 – Hour Reflexology from Sam Belyea, the Foot Whisperer; a $50 Gift Card to Blo Tampa; Lancôme’s Parisian Case with 11 Full-Size Products; a Lavender Scented Cozy Comfort Spa Blanket, 3 x Luxurious Sweet Soap Confections and Cozy Slipper Socks.  This collection is valued at $950 and the minimum starting bid will be $250.*    

*Please contact Karen in advance for ‘Buy It Now’ donations and options on any of our Live Auction items.

Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for sponsorship and reservations or for more information.


 

Highlights from Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea presented by C1 Bank

One highlight from our 2016 Spring Chari-Tea was presenting Teri A with a ‘new to her’ Honda Accord.  Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success partnered to make this happen when Fulfill Your Destiny donated $3,000 to Wheels of Success for their ‘Build a Car’ program.  For the second year in a row, Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have partnered to present a local woman with a car at Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual Spring Chari-Tea.

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021_ChariTea_3-19-16Thank you to our 2016 Teapot Title SponsorC1 Bank and our other 37 very generous sponsors as well as the 100 beautiful ladies that attended our signature annual event.  Together we positively impacted a single mother’s life!

A second highlight from our Spring Chari-Tea this year was helping the clients at PARC.  Fulfill Your Destiny commissioned PARC to make custom Teapot and Teacup ornaments through a donation Fulfill Your Destiny made to PARC.  All guests that attended Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea presented by C1 Bank received one of these custom made ornaments as a gift for attending this year’s Chari-Tea.

Fulfill Your Destiny recognizes people and organizations who have helped further our mission of helping others by presenting them with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed awards.  This year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Awards were presented to Kristi Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care and Tara Richter, Richter Publishing, LLC.

264_ChariTea_3-19-16Kristie Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care was presented with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award for suggesting Karen Mertes, founder of Fulfill Your Destiny, seek sponsors for her speaking engagements.  Kristie Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care then generously and repeatedly sponsored several of Karen’s presentations.

273_ChariTea_3-19-16Tara Richer, Richter Publishing, LLC, as the publisher of Karen’s book, PLAINTIFF 101, helped make PLAINTIFF 101 a #1 Amazon Best Seller and a #1 Hot New Release.  Since all the proceeds from PLAINTIFF 101 are donated directly to Fulfill Your Destiny, Tara and Richter Publishing have also helped further our mission of helping others.

Who will be honored next year at Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea on Mar 25, 2017 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM?  It’s never too early to sponsor and make your reservations to attend our signature event.  We’ve sold out each year!  Please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by phone at 813-481-9895 for more info.

Here’s What People Are Saying About our 2016 Spring Chari-Tea:

“Congrats to Working Women of Tampa Bay member Karen Mertes on a very successful event over the weekend.  Lots of money raised and a good time had by all.  Good work, Karen.”  ~ Jessica Rivelli, Working Women of Tampa Bay

“Such an amazing event Karen Mertes of Fulfill Your Destiny packed the house!!!…She raises money to give it away!!!”  ~ Kim Nauman, The Empress Tea Room & Bistro with Divine Menus Catering

“Wow!!!  What an event…once again Karen…you amaze me!!!”  ~ Kim Nauman, The Empress Tea Room & Bistro with Divine Menus Catering

“I’m so happy I attended today.  Congratulations on a beautiful event.  My mother and I had a wonderful time and she cried she was so happy to win the beautiful Gold & Diamond Source earrings to match her mother’s ring she’s had for years.”  ~ Carolynn Smith, Seven LLC

“It’s perfect!”  ­~ Kate Gausche, Canvas Zoo

“The 2016 Spring Chari-Tea was an amazing event to be a part of!  Independent Financial was glad to spend the afternoon with Karen Mertes of Fulfill Your Destiny and witness a well deserved woman receiving a vehicle.”  ~ Jeanne Holliday, Independent Financial Services

“I so enjoyed the Chari-Tea!  It was a wonderful function.”  ~ Lauri Ravenna

“I just received an unexpected H.E.R.O. Award from Karen Mertes with Fulfill Your Destiny charity.  Thank you so much for all you do!  The Spring Chari-Tea was a great event and it’s exciting to see our donations to provide a car for a person in need.”  ~ Tara Richter, Richter Publishing

“Great fun at the Chari-Tea.  For the second year in a row, Fulfill Your Destiny gave away a car.  It was given to a woman who needed a car to get ahead in her job.  It is great to be able to help someone.”  ~ Jeannie Holliday, Independent Financial Services

“We all had so much fun!”  ~ Marilynn Westropp, Florida Hospital

“Thanks for the invite Karen – Great energy in that room!”  ~ Helena Trangata, Bellisimo Publishing

“Love that event, and your hats!”  ~ Leann Morsani Rowe

“Great event with incredible women!”  ~ Rachel Revill, Perfect Timing Concierge

“Such a fabulous event!  Already looking forward to next year!” ~ Krayl Funch, An Appealing Plan


 

Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea is presented by C1 Bank.

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Fulfill Your Destiny is announcing our 2016 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event on Mar 19, 2016 returning again to the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.  Our 2016 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 19, 2016.   Click to Download Info

100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea.  It’s not just tea; its Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea!  Please RSVP early as we sell out each year!

Thank you to all of our 38 Sponsors!

Thank you to our 3 Teacup Sponsors:

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Please bring several business cards with you as some of our Sponsors will be having a Raffle.

Thank you to our 5 Oolong Tea Sponsors:

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Thank you to our 9 Herbal Tea Sponsors:

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Thank you to our 20 Iced Tea Sponsors
(listed alphabetically):

Aaron’s House; Advanced Nutrition Concepts, Inc.; AFLAC; After the Band; Charity Chics North Tampa/Pasco, LLC; CompassPointz; Hancock Holistic Clinic; Invent Your Image; KohlerHaus; Marie Rosenbaum, Travel Consultant with OceanView Travels, LLC; Merchant Insurance Solutions; Robert H. Delafield, Inc.; Salon Inga; Seven, LLC; Tampa Real Estate Pulse; The Centre for Women; Vicki Tucker – Trades of Hope; Willow Healing; Working Women of Tampa Bay and www.HireAWriterToday.com.

Our sponsors and guests represent at least 41 distinct professions and areas of expertise (listed alphabetically):  Accounting; Acupuncture; Architecture; Attorney; Author; Banking; Blogging; Bookkeeping and Tax Services; Business Consulting; Business Inventory Specialist; Cruise and Travel; Custom Canvas Art & Framing; Education; Electronic Recycling; Entrepreneur; Financial Planning; Financial Services; Graphic Design & Printing; Hair Salon; Home Healthcare; Image Consulting; Insurance; IT; Jewelry; Lifestyle Expert & Party Planner; Marketing and PR; Massage Therapy; Military; Networking; Non-Profit; Nutrition Coaching and Consulting; Photography; Professional Speaker; Publishing; Real Estate; Residential Renovations; Salon & Spa; Virtual Office; Website Design; Weight Loss Consulting and Writer.

Thank you to our Auction and Raffle Prize Donors (listed alphabetically):  2 in 1 Kodi Bag; 4 Rivers Smokehouse; Alli Photography, Aveda Level Salon Spa; Bella’s Italian Cafe; Besito’s Mexican West Shore; Bonefish Grill; Brown Graphics; C1 Bank; Cason Photography; Casual Creations; CompassPointz; D’Amore Intimate Apparel; Dr. Nick’s White & Healthy; Earring Holder Gallery; Eyes on You Salon & Spa; Georgette’s Fashions; Hotel Indigo; Invent Your Image; jeanique; Just Because; Karen Mertes; Kathy Sparks Art; La Dee-Da Kids Spa; Lady Fish Designs; Lecada Medical Artistry; Lori Hlavsa,;Michael Murphy Gallery; Nancy Giles for Heavendropt; Naracamicie; Nericcio Leathers; Origami Owl – Helena Trangata; PK’s Pixies; Pure Natural Nail Lounge; Richter Publishing; Sea Beans with Style; Sew Be It; Spa Evangeline; Sport Fit Training LLC; Square 1 Burgers & Bar; The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute; The Rolling Pin; Vicki Tucker – Trades of Hope and Willow Healing.

Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a very nice way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring.  

We’ll have several Silent Auction items available for bidding.

We’ll have a Jewelry Raffle for a 9.00 carat total weight Oval Amethyst Stud Earrings set in 14K Yellow Gold with Total Value of $599.00 donated by Hands Across the Bay. Raffle tickets for this stunning jewelry will be 1 for $20, 3 for $50, and 7 for a $100 donation.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with 20 prizes valued at over $1,500. Tickets for the ‘your choice’ Raffle will be available with 10 tickets for a $20 donation.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a 50-50 Raffle with 5 tickets available for a $20 donation.

Elegant Hats designed locally by Gidget Fisher will be available for a $20 donation.

While guests enjoy a fabulous High Tea which includes 3-tiered plates with scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts, everyone will have opportunities to visit the Silent Auction tables, participate in our Jewelry Raffle for a stunning pair of Oval Amethyst Stud Earrings, participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with over $1,500 in prizes, participate in the 50-50 Raffle, and select their favorite Elegant Hats by Gidget Fisher.

Guests will enjoy each other’s company as well as meet new friends and mingle while selecting one-of-a-kind teapot centerpieces with fresh floral arrangements available to take home by suggested donation just in time for Palm Sunday.

We’ll hold three optional Hat Contests:  Prettiest, Most Creative (new this year), and Vintage.  Prizes will be awarded to the three winners.

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for great food, auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts and Fun!  All attendees will receive a FREE gift! This year, PARC is custom making teapot and teacup ornaments for each guest. The PARC Mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. All guests will receive a custom made ornament for attending Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea along with a few other nice gifts and surprises.

Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have again partnered for a special presentation where we’ll be giving the keys to a ‘new to her’ vehicle to a woman at Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea. Please have your cameras and tissues ready!

We’ll culminate the afternoon with our Live Auction. This year we’ve received the following five donations for our Live Auction:

1) Besito West Shore donated ‘A Taste of Mexico with 3 of your closet Maestros!’“Your Besito experience includes our “Chefs” personal selection of appetizers, entrees, dessert and a few take home surprises. From the Bar, enjoy a tequila flight tasting and a selection of our signature Margaritas.” This Bestio Mexican Dining Experience has a value of $350 and the minimum starting bid will be $100. *

2) Sport Fit Training LLC donated 10 Golf Fitness Sessions –or- Personal Training Sessions. Each session is 45 minutes. This package of 10 Golf Sessions has a value of $600 and the minimum starting bid will be $150.*

3) Michael Murphy Gallery donated a framed artwork.  Showcased is a Michael Murphy Gallery framed abstract print by Puliam.  The piece is framed in a matte black finished, modern molding with a cool grey and vibrant red double mat.  The Conservation Clear glass selected protects the artwork from fading with 99% UV protection.  Acid free products were used to create this archival framing.  It’s perfect for your home or office.  The piece is appraised at $300 and the minimum starting bid will be $100.*

4) Eyes on You donated a Package of Gift Certificates for a Full Set of Eyelash Extensions, VIP Hair and Makeup, and One Spray Tan with total value of $390. Services may be redeemed on different days. The minimum starting bid will be $100.*

5) The Pepito Portrait Experience:  Best known for his burnished sepia collection, Pepito is an award winning Master Portrait Photographer who captures the connection of love in families to create priceless Heirloom Wall Portraits.  Upon your arrival, Pepito and his staff will be there to welcome you.  A classically trained Chef will greet you with a Gourmet Lunch.  You’ll receive a Home Design Session valued at $1,000, with the remaining $500 to be used toward the purchase of a Heirloom Canvas Wall Portrait.   Your Pepito Portrait Experience is valued at $1,500.  The minimum starting bid for this Pepito Portrait Experience will be $500.*

*Please contact Karen in advance for ‘Buy It Now’ donations and options on any of our Live Auction items.

Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for sponsorship and reservations or for more information.

 

 


 

Photos from our 2015 Spring Chari-Tea!

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A highlight from our 2015 Spring Chari-Tea was giving Foster Youth Emmalee the keys to her very own Audi Cabriolet convertible.  Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success partnered to make this happen.  Thank you to our 2015 Teapot Title Sponsor, Hands Across the Bay and our other 34 very generous sponsors as well as the nearly 100 beautiful ladies that attended our signature annual event.  Together we changed a life.

 

 

Here’s What People Are Saying About our 2015 Spring Chari-Tea:

“What a delightful event, Karen. You are so inspiring. It is an honor to support your work. I will mark my calendar for next year! Look forward to seeing you soon!” ~ Heather Delafield, Robert H. Delafield, Inc.

“Thank you for a wonderful event again this year, Karen! I truly enjoyed myself. Next year please send me informaton on being a Sponsor. I want to help your event in any way that I can!” ~ Jessica Fogarty, Princess House

“It was a fantastic event. LocalShops1.com is thrilled to be a part of it!”~ Billie Jo Grassinger Bell, LocalShops1

“Fabulous Event!”~ Diane Jamai, The Right Fit 4 You

“Wonderful Event!”~ Lisa K. Ford, Invent Your Image

“Had a wonderul time today for the Spring Chari-Tea to raise money for Fulfill Your Destiny with Karen Mertes at the Empress Tea Room and Bistro.”~ Kathleen Pravlik, The Centre for Women

“Had a great time at Fulfill Your Destiny’s Chari-Tea! Wonderful job, Karen Mertes” ~ Amanda Uliano, Law Office of Amanda Uliano, P.A.

“So proud of Karen’s many accomplishments. Amazing!” ~ Rita Lowman, C1 Bank

“What a nice time!” ~ Jerri Menaul, Canvas Zoo

“Dear Karen, I was truly amazed at how wonderful your organization is and really enjoyed watching you as hostess … you are a wonderful communicator! The tea, scones, etc … were delightfully delicious and I love all of the auction items, but especially the pearl necklace! Thank you!” ~ Ivory Blackwood, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

“My name is Mary Gerst and I was a guest of Franki McCracken’s at the tea on Saturday. I would like to say you did a beautiful job on the event. It was my first time at the Tea Room and it was a great experience! “~ Mary Gerst

“Saturday’s Chari-Tea event held by Fulfill Your Destiny was truly inspiring. We had the opportunity to present foster youth Emmalee with the keys to her red Audi Cabriolet convertible. Such a moving experience – many tissues were needed! Thank you Karen Mertes and Fulfill Your Destiny for funding the restoration to Emmalee’s vehicle!” ~ Susan Jacobs, Wheels of Success

“ Thank you for reaching out to me when you had the cancellation for your Chari-Tea.  I had such a wonderful time.  I will definitely attend next year’s event as it is on my birthday so I’m hoping to bring my mom, my daughter and daughter-in-law with me to celebrate.” ~ Terri Scarcelli, Balanced Accounting and Tax Services 

 


Excitement is building for our 2015 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event on Mar 21, 2015 at the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.

Our 2015 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is presented by Hands Across the Bay.

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100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea. It’s not just tea; it’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Chari-Tea!

 

Thank you to our 2015 4 Oolong Tea Sponsors:

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  Please bring several business cards with you as some of our Oolong Tea Sponsors will be having a Raffle.

 

Thank you to our 2015 14 Herbal Tea Sponsors:

 

Thank you to our 2015 15 Iced Tea Sponsors
(listed alphabetically):

Academic Alliance in Dermatology; American Momentum Bank; C1 Bank; Franki’s Creations; G. Elliot’s Brunchery Restaurant & Catering; Lab3 Marketing; Law Office of Amanda M. Uliano, P.A.; Michele & Group, Inc.; PACE Center for Girls; Robert H. Delafield, Inc.; Rodan+Fields Dermatology – Sheila Peck, RN, Esthetician; Security National Mortgage Company; The Bank of Tampa; The Right Fit 4 You; and Willow Healing.

Our sponsors and guests represent at least 30 distinct professions and areas of expertise (listed alphabetically):  Accounting; Architecture; Author, Lifestyle Expert & Dinner Party Planner; Banking; Canvas Art & Framing; Commercial Cleaning; Consulting; Custom Crafts; Dermatology; Financial Services; Fitness; Graphic Artist & Printing; Home Healthcare; Image Consulting; Insurance; Law; Marketing; Massage Therapy; Media; Model & Talent; Mortgage; Networking; Non-Profit; Photography; Real Estate; Restaurant & Catering; Skin Care; Virtual Office; and Website Design.

Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a very nice way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and March 21st this year is the first day of Spring.

We’ll have several Silent Auction items available for bidding with total value of over $10,000.

We’ll have a Jewelry Raffle for an Elegant Pearl Necklace. Raffle tickets for the Elegant Pearl Necklace will be 1 for $20, 3 for $50, and 7 for a $100 donation.

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with 20 prizes valued at over $1,500. Tickets for the ‘your choice’ Raffle will be available with 10 tickets for a $20 donation.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a 50-50 Raffle with 5 tickets available for a $20 donation.

Elegant Hats designed locally by Gidget Fisher will be available for a $20 donation.

While guests enjoy a fabulous High Tea which includes 3-tiered plates with scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts, everyone will have opportunities to visit the Silent Auction tables, participate in our Jewelry Raffle for an Elegant Pearl Necklace, participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with over $1,500 in prizes, participate in the 50-50 Raffle, and select their favorite Elegant Hats by Gidget Fisher.

Guests will enjoy each other’s company as well as meet new friends and mingle while selecting one-of-a-kind teapot centerpieces with fresh floral arrangements available to take home by suggested donation.

We’ll hold three optional Hat Contests:  Most Unusual, Prettiest, and Vintage.  Prizes will be awarded to the three winners.

Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have partnered for a special presentation.

We’ll culminate the afternoon with our Live Auction of a 1-Week Stay in Hilton Head, SC Aug 29 – Sept 5, 2015 in a deluxe 1-Bedroom Condo with Full Kitchen that sleeps 4 with nearby access to Golf, Tennis, Bicycle Riding, and Beaches available for nominal fees. Transportation is the responsibility of the winning bidder. The minimum starting bid for this 1-Week Stay in Hilton Head, SC is $350.

Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for more information.

 


 

Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea, our signature event, held on Mar 29, 2014 at The Empress Tearoom was a sold out event!  Thank you to our attendees!  It could not have happened without you!  Nearly 100 career women and one gentleman interested in our greater Tampa Bay community and philanthropy attended for a celebration of women for charity with tea.

Thank you to all of our 26 Sponsors for making our premiere event extra special!

Our Spring Chari-Tea 2014 Oolong Tea Sponsors (listed alphabetically) were:  Bill and Cindy Moline, Charity Chics, Kara Vita, Local Shops1 and TekMethods.

Our Spring Chari-Tea 2014 Herbal Tea Sponsors (listed alphabetically) were:  Dress for Success, Etica accounting, MamaRazzi foto, Shining Star Insurance Services and The Centre for Women.

Our Spring Chari-Tea 2014 Iced Tea Sponsors (listed alphabetically) were:  Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Business Writing, Ink., Gold & Diamond Source, Ice Cold Air – Ashley Butler, Kingery & Crouse, P.A., Life Vantage Independent Distributor – Connie Smith, PACE Center for Girls, S.L. Ferguson Wealth Management Services, South Tampa Financial Group, Suzanne A. Dalton, The Bank of Tampa, WEDU – Joyce Cotton, WEDU – Nancy Curry, Willow Tree Healing Arts, Women With Purpose and Working Women of Tampa Bay.

Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea was a nice way to celebrate Women’s History Month.  March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and March 29th is National Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day.

Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea was held at the beautiful Empress Tearoom located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tearoom and Event Dining venue.

It was gratifying to meet so many new people who have an interest in helping others and making a difference in people’s lives in our Greater Tampa Bay community.

Thank you to Hands Across the Bay for donating a stunning pair of Gold & Diamond Source Earrings for our Jewelry Raffle.

Thank you to our Silent Auction and Raffle Prize Donors (listed alphabetically):  Academic Alliance in Dermatology, Attitudes by Angie, Bradford Portraits, Business Writing, Ink., Canvas Zoo, Doormet, fitlife foods, Fresh Threads, In the Beginning, Independent Financial Services, Inc. – Jeannie Holliday, International Plaza & Bay Street, Karen Mertes, Knitted Gems by Omeria Engel, LocalShops1, Mary Kay – Daryllynn Flournoy, Massage Redefined, MDesign Media, Patricia Rossi, People’s Pottery, PRP Wine International, Inc. – Carol Prokap, South Tampa Jazzercise, The Rolling Pin, Troy & Suzanne Mashburn and Wright’s Gourmet House.

Thank you to Dee Blucher, Sew Be It for providing her famous “Mini Gift Card” Bags.  Each guest received one as our gift complete with goodies inside.

Thank you to Mari Caron for providing a card for a free chocolate or macaroon for each of us to redeem on our next visit to The Empress Tearoom.

While guests enjoyed a Champagne High Tea which included 3-tiered plates with scrumptious tea sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts, everyone had opportunities to visit the Silent Auction tables, participate in our Jewelry Raffle for Gold & Diamond Source Earrings donated by Hands Across the Bay, participate in the ‘your choice’ Raffle with over $1,750 in prizes, select their favorite Elegant Hats by Gidget Fisher and custom earrings by Angel Martin.

Guests had the opportunity to visit the Prints Charming Photo Booth for complimentary keepsake photos.

Guests enjoyed each other’s company as well as met new friends and mingled while selecting one-of-a-kind teapot centerpieces available to take home by suggested donation.

Fulfill Your Destiny recognizes people that have helped us further our mission of helping others.  Karen Mertes presented Kim Nauman, The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining, with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ Award.  The Empress Tea Room & Event Dining has been added to the list of Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. recipients on www.fulfillyourdestiny.org  under the H.E.R.O. tab.

We held three Hat Contests:  Most Unusual, Prettiest and Vintage.  Karen Gillman of On Point Executive Center, Lisa Ford of Invent Your Image and Starr Tyrka of Shining Star Insurance Services served as our judges.  Prizes were awarded to the three winners as well as to Bill Moline for his Fearless and Courageous Men’s Hat.

100% of all proceeds from Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea are being used to support  Fulfill Your Destiny’s mission of assisting people whose career have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances in our Greater Tampa Bay community.  Special consideration is given to individuals who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Inspiring stories of people Fulfill Your Destiny has helped can be found at www.fulfillyourdestiny.org under the Who We’ve Helped tab.

Please save the date and make plans to attend our next Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea on Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at The Empress Tearoom, 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 (SW Corner of Fletcher & Dale Mabry – behind Chili’s) from 2:30-4:30.

It’s never too early to sponsor and reserve your seats for this very likely to be Sold Out event!  Please contact Karen directly at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org or by calling her at 813-481-9895 for more information.

 

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Here’s what people are saying about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea:

“I’m very proud of all you have accomplished with Fulfill Your Destiny.  You did an amazing job at your tea.  Your first signature event went off without a hitch.  You had every last detail meticulously planned out!  Everyone was all a buzz about how fun it was too.

5 stars to an amazing event!  We were thrilled that Charity Chics was able to sponsor your Chari-Tea and we look forward to doing the same again next year for your 2nd annual event.” 

~ Lisa K. Ford, Certified Image Consultant, Color Analyst and Stylist, Invent Your Image and Co-Founder, Charity Chics

“Hi Karen, It was a pleasure to see you again on Saturday and my compliments, the Spring Chari-Tea was an exceptionally run event!  As a fellow event planner, all your hard work and planning were clear and it was a wonderful afternoon.  You’re awesome.  What impressed me the most was how many ways you had to raise money at the event (raffle, tea pots for sale, hats, such interesting gifts).  Marcetta and I look forward to following your organization.  Hope to see you soon maybe at a Working Woman function.”

~ Kind Regards, Tara Morgan, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, Ann Rogers & Associates

 

“Karen, Just to let you know how much I as well as my friends enjoyed the event on Saturday.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet people that have an interest in making a difference in other people’s lives such as you.  I am so pleased to have met you and can really appreciate that you “Are” making a difference.  Thank you again for this wonderful event.  It really is helping change the world to a better place.”


~ Warm Regards, Marcetta Dyer, Realtor and Broker Associate, Ann Rogers and Associates Team, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate”

 

“Karen, I must tell you the event was the loveliest I have attended in quite some time.  Not only because the venue was perfect it was the ambiance created by what you have built and how it was celebrated. Thanks for all you do Karen and congrats on a simply smashing tea party!!!  I shouted loud and proud about its success on Facebook and absolutely wish to participate and attend next year.” 

~ My warmest congratulations, Mary F. Dado, Business Writing, Ink.

“Fabulous event!  Cannot wait until 2015!”

~ Billie Jo Grassinger Bell, LocalShops1”