Haven Ministries holds annual Tea Party
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.
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.