Heritage Humane partners with Carrot Tree for spring fundraiser

One Williamsburg restaurant staple is teaming up with the fund-raising arm of Heritage Humane Society in a push to raise thousands for the shelter.

Carrot Tree Kitchens, a decades-old area restaurant and bakery with three locations, is hosting Spring Tea at Carrot Tree on April 26 to benefit the upper York County shelter.

It's the first big spring fundraiser put on by the Heritage Humane Society Auxiliary, the shelter's volunteer-based fund-raising partner.

"We thought it would be a good idea; we don't have another one organized for this time of year," said the auxiliary's president Lynne Christensen. "It seems like a nice early afternoon or early evening activity."

Two sessions are offered, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and both feature a keynote speaker.

United States Air Force veteran Renee Champagne adopted her service dog Miley from Heritage years ago, Christensen said. She teaches yoga to military populations and speaks about trauma, resilience and post-traumatic growth.

Champagne holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health from the College of William and Mary. She and Miley were featured in Tracy Libby's book "Reporting for Duty: Wounded Warriors and Their Canine Heroes."

In between sessions, a few animals from Heritage will be available for guests to meet, Christensen said.

Registration for the event closes April 12, and Christensen said the 4 p.m. session is already sold out.

Tickets for the sessions are $30, $18 of which goes directly to the shelter and is tax-deductible. Carrot Tree is donating the space and the staff for the event, while ticket sales and the auxiliary provide the food.

Christensen said through ticket sales and a raffle, she's hoping the event raises a couple thousand dollars.

"We're going to have six or so very nice raffle prizes," Christensen said. "The menus will include savory and sweet foods from Carrot Tree with a selection of teas."

If successful, the spring tea will join two other annual fund-raising events the auxiliary puts on: a Golf Classic in September and the Christmas Bazaar in December.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

How to get tickets:

Call the shelter at 757-221-0150 or visit bit.ly/2nUnCYF

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