Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce to host second annual Spring Tea and Brunch

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On Saturday, April 4, the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Chamber of Commerce Spring Tea and Brunch.

Last year’s first annual Spring Tea & Brunch

The idea behind the Spring Tea and Brunch is two-fold.  In part, it’s a fundraiser. Historically, the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser is the Golf Classic held in September.  The tournament is open to anyone, but it mainly draws participation from Mint Hill’s male community leaders. The Chamber began to think about a way they could raise additional funding to augment the Chamber’s offerings while also putting a spotlight on the positive role women play in both the Chamber and the Mint Hill community.

“The Spring Tea and Brunch is a day to celebrate the positive role of women in both local businesses and the community of Mint Hill,” says Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paige McKinney.  “Proceeds from the event will assist the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce in expanding events and opportunities for community members.”

Last year’s spring tea at Arlington Baptist church was a wildly successful, sold-out event.  This year’s Spring Tea and Brunch Committee – composed of Denise Boston, Sandy Harrison, Amy Laughinghouse, Jennifer Manchester,  Paige McKinney, and Kim Rhodarmer – has laid the groundwork for this year’s event to be bigger and better, featuring more tables as well as more raffle and silent auction items.

Raffle and auction items featured at last year’s event.

This year’s Spring Tea and Brunch will take place at Philadelphia Presbyterian church, allowing the chamber to offer twenty-five table sponsorships, ten more than last year.  Each table seats eight and may be secured for $320. Table sponsorship is open to anyone: local businesses, clubs, and organizations, groups from schools or neighborhoods, or even just eight girlfriends who want to enjoy a morning out together!  Sponsors decorate their table in a style of their choosing – advertising their business, choosing a unique theme or simply utilizing seasonal spring decor. Last year’s tables featured everything from a “Mad Hatter Tea Party” and “Mint Hill in Bloom” to “Disney World” and “Chick-fil-A.”

Table decorations from last year’s event.
Table decorations from last year’s event.

The table sponsorship fee includes hot and cold tea, appetizers, a main entree, and dessert for all eight women seated at the table.  The Chamber is grateful to have Mint Hill Roasting Company, Chick-Fil-A Albemarle Road, Fresh Chef Kitchen, and Daphne’s Bakery returning as sponsors who will provide hot and cold tea, appetizers and dessert.  The Chamber is also pleased to welcome back Atrium Health, who is returning as the event’s presenting sponsor.

“Last year’s spring tea was wildly successful, and this year we expect an even bigger turnout,” says Jennifer Manchester of Suburban Properties of Charlotte.  “Our sponsor, Atrium Health secured this year’s sponsorship at last year’s event due to its popularity. So far we have pre-sold about half the tables and expect a sell-out.”

“This is a showcase for ladies who enjoy the aesthetics of beautifully crafted table settings and expressing their own creativity,” says Servant’s Heart Founder and Executive Director Kim Rhodarmer.  “Laugh with friends.  Enjoy a three-course menu from resident eateries.  Grow the Chamber’s support of local businesses in our town.  You won’t be disappointed.”

All of the money raised from the Spring Tea and Brunch goes to fund Chamber events and further their ability to do more in the community, like their “Shop Small” and “Living Local” campaigns.  Funds raised from the Spring Tea and Brunch also support the Chamber’s college scholarship fund.

For those who would like to support the Spring Tea and Brunch, the Chamber is continuing to collect raffle and auction items.  They welcome donations of products or gift cards from local businesses.  

The Spring Tea and Brunch will take place on April 4 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.  For additional information, to reserve a table, to donate a raffle or silent auction item, or to secure a sponsorship, call (704)-573-8282 or email Table selections are secured upon payment.  

“We know it’s going to be a sell-out event,” says McKinney.  “Secure your table quickly if you want to participate!”

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: