By Michelle Colesanti

Mad Hatter: No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow. Despite the Mad Hatter’s concerns, it will soon time to head down in to the rabbit hole and you won’t want to miss the upcoming Wonderland for C.A.R.E.’s Very Merry Un-Birthday Tea Party. Everyone is invited.

Don’t be late for this very important date, which will be Saturday, September 12 at 12 Noon. Just follow the White Rabbit to the Ruskin Women’s Club, located at 503 US Hwy. 41, S. in Ruskin where you will enjoy savory finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, sweets, and of course, tea.

All of the net proceeds will benefit Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.), a 501 (c) 3 charity; a no-kill animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs with a mission to reduce the number of homeless and abandoned animals through adoption, sterilization and education in Ruskin. The shelter is volunteer run; only the Animal Care Manager is a paid position.

The chairperson of the Tea, Lisa Baker said, “While we have done other types of fundraisers in the past, this is the first tea that we’ve done.”

So be sure to wear your finest hat. If you do, you will receive additional raffle tickets.

“We chose not just a Tea, but a Mad Hatter Tea Party because we wanted to create a unique, fun and interactive experience for everyone. There will be decor, photo ops, gift baskets and characters wandering around throughout the event, not to mention scrumptious food and delicious teas,” commented Baker.

If reservations are received by Monday, August 31, you also will receive an extra raffle ticket.

Tickets for the Tea Party are $30 per person. Seating is limited so you do want to make sure to make your reservations before all the seats disappear.

Please R.S.V.P. to 645-2273. For more information on C.A.R.E., visit

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.