Haven Min­istries holds an­nual Tea Party

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STEVENSVILLE — Haven Min­istries re­cently held its 4th an­nual Tea Party for 100 guests at the Fel­low­ship Hall of Christ Church in Stevensville. The fundraiser for Haven Min­istries fea­tured 12 ta­bles for guests, each ta­ble dec­o­rated and hosted by a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer. The tea sand­wiches and sweets were do­nated by area busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the Sil­ver Swan, Kent Manor Inn, Main In­gre­di­ent, Peace of Cake and Fields of Heather. Flow­ers were do­nated by Trader Joe’s. Mu­sic, a silent auc­tion, a Chi­nese auc­tion, and a fancy hat con­test were also part of the event. The silent auc­tion fea­tured themed tea bas­kets put to­gether by vol­un­teers.

Ac­cord­ing to Char­lotte Tay­lor, a vol­un­teer, ta­ble host and or­ga­nizer of the first Tea Party, “I got the fundrais­ing idea from my sis­ter. It takes me back to my child­hood, and ev­ery­one likes to have a tea party!”

Tay­lor, who has held sev­eral pri­vate teas at her home, also wrote a book about tea called, “Tea with Miss Char­lotte,” which Haven Min­istries sells through its Thrift Store with the pro­ceeds go­ing to Haven Min­istries. She has been a long­time vol­un­teer with Haven Min­istries, serv­ing on its fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, vol­un­teer­ing at the Thrift Store, cook­ing and sched­ul­ing vol­un­teers for the home­less shel­ter, and or­ga­niz­ing food de­liv­ery for the needy.

A va­ri­ety of 38 silent auc­tion items and Chi­nese auc­tion items were do­nated to the Tea Party by Paula’s Jew­elry, Nash’s Nurs­ery, Kent Is­land Gar­den Club, Doc’s River­side Grill, Bayshore Steam Pot, Rochelle Vol­ney and anony­mous donors. Haven Min­istries Thrift Store Our Daily Thread do­nated 11 tea bas­kets for the Silent Auc­tion.

Tay­lor said, “Ev­ery­one loves this an­nual event and has a re­ally good time, while rais­ing funds for an im­por­tant min­istry in Queen Anne’s County.”

Haven Min­istries is hope through shel­ter, cloth­ing and food. It is a non­profit, faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tion com­prised of 16 lo­cal churches and has helped thou­sands of peo­ple in Queen Anne’s County over the past 13 years. For more in­for­ma­tion about Haven Min­istries, call 410739-4363 or visit HavenMin­istries.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Valerie Or­tiz, left, and Mar­lene Stan­ton at one of the dec­o­rated tea ta­bles at Haven Min­istries 4th an­nual Tea Party held at the Fel­low­ship Hall of Christ Church in Stevensville.

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