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Tea & Tonic 2024

Thank you for attending San Diego's event of the year, featuring guest speaker, Tarana Burke! Center for Community Solutions' 25th annual Tea & Tonic had another sell-out crowd in support of survivors on Thursday, May 9 at the Park Hyatt Aviara  - thank you!

We hope to see you at our Tea & Tonic event next year!
For any questions, please contact Annual Giving & Events Manager, Alina Cota, at Any outstanding payments can be made at
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Tarana Burke

Activist, Author, and Founder of the 'me too.' Movement

 A photo of Tarana Burke, a Black woman, her hair is in a bun and she is wearing a pink blazer and patterned shirt, she has rectangular earrings and is smiling at the camera  A photo of Tarana Burke, a Black woman, her hair is in a bun and she is wearing a pink blazer and patterned shirt, she has rectangular earrings and is smiling at the camera

Tarana J. Burke has been working at the intersection of racial justice, arts and culture, anti-violence, and gender equity for nearly three decades. Fueled by a commitment to interrupting systemic issues disproportionately impacting marginalized people, like sexual violence, particularly for black women and girls, Tarana has created and led campaigns that have brought awareness to the harmful legacies surrounding communities of color. Specifically, her work to end sexual violence has not only exposed the ugly truths of sexism and spoke truth to power, but it has also increased access to resources and support for survivors and paved a way forward for everyone to find their place in the movement. A proud native of the Bronx, NY, Tarana's passion for community organizing began in the late 1980s; when as a young girl, she joined a youth leadership organization called 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement. She led and participated in initiatives around issues like police brutality, housing inequality, and economic justice across the city. That work, coupled with a desire to deepen her academic education and organizing skills led her to Alabama State University, a historically black institution. Her organizing and advocacy work continued throughout college and remains a pillar of her professional life. Her career took an intentional turn toward supporting survivors of sexual violence while living in Selma, Alabama, and working for 21st Century. She encountered dozens of black girls with stories of sexual violence, abuse, and exploitation, stories with which she personally identified. Tarana realized too many girls were trying their best to survive without access to resources, safe spaces, and support. So, in 2005, she created Just Be, Inc., an organization committed to the empowerment and wellness of black girls. The ‘me too.’ Movement was born shortly

thereafter as an entry to healing for survivors and a mechanism for developing survivor leaders. In 2017, when ‘me too.’ as a hashtag (#metoo) went viral, Tarana emerged as a global leader in the evolving conversation around sexual violence. She placed the focus back on survivors and the need for survivor-centered, survivor-led solutions. Her theory of empowerment through empathy is changing the way the world thinks and talks about sexual violence, consent, and bodily autonomy. Tarana uses her platform to share the message that healing is possible, survivors are leaders, and ending sexual violence has to be a social justice priority, which has touched and inspired millions of survivors who previously lived with the pain, shame, and trauma of their experience in isolation. In 2018, Tarana founded me too. International, a global non-profit organization that serves as a container for the vision and framework for the ‘me too.’ Movement. The organization serves as a convener, innovator, thought leader, and organizer across the mainstream and the grassroots to address systems that allow for the proliferation of sexual violence, specifically in Black, queer, trans, disabled, and all communities of color. Her steadfast commitment is what led her to receive numerous accolades including 2017 TIME Person of the Year, 2018 TIME 100 Most Influential People, the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize and Harvard Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award, and in 2020 being named one of USA Today’s Women of the Decade among many other honors and recognitions. Tarana is also the co-editor with Brené Brown of the instant New York Times bestseller You Are Your Best Thing and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Unbound. She is currently working on her third book, about the vital and often overlooked operational politic of grace inside social justice and movement work.

The Venue
Park Hyatt Aviara

This year’s Tea & Tonic will be held at the luxurious Park Hyatt Aviara. Join us for a memorable afternoon in coastal Carlsbad.

7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011 

Ticket, Table, and Sponsorship Details

Sponsorships range from $3,000 to $50,000 with tailored sponsorship options and underwriting opportunities available.

Becoming a sponsor for Tea & Tonic will provide your company with exposure to passionate supporters of CCS through digital promotions and recognition on event materials, and establish your brand as a partner in our lifesaving work. Sponsorship opportunities include varying levels of benefits and provides access to a premier target audience with an anticipated attendance of more than 500 community members, businesses, corporations, philanthropists and civic leaders. Secure your sponsorship today!

Questions? Please contact Annual Giving & Events Manager, Alina Cota at

Media Kit


Start the Convo to raise awareness and end sexual assault. #StartTheConvo campaign is a call to action for every member of our community to give their support and #StartTheConvo around preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence. We stand in solidarity with all survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. We all have a role in ending violence.

The highest incidence of rape affects mostly yong women between the ages of 16 and 24. Don’t be a bystander! It’s time to talk with your friends, family, and loved ones! Join us as we #StartTheConvo!