Skip navigation
Exit Now Button

Frequently Asked Questions

Tea & Tonic 2023

Tea & Tonic will be held at Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118). The pre-event Champagne Reception (including check-in) as well as the post-event VIP Reception (for sponsors and VIP ticket holders) will be outdoors at Vista Terrace. The stage program will be inside the Ocean Ballroom (next door to Vista Terrace).

Vista Terrace is to the left of the hotel’s main lobby entrance (see map below). The Ocean Ballroom entrance is inside Vista Terrace.

Tea & Tonic will take place on Friday, June 2 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with the VIP reception immediately following the program.

  • 12:00 p.m.   Check-in opens & auction area open at Vista Terrace
  • 12:30 p.m.   Champagne, hors d’oeuvres & networking
  • 1:00 p.m.     Lunch & program with live auction begins in the Ocean Ballroom
  • 3:30 p.m.     Program ends
  • 3:30 p.m.     VIP Reception with Mira Sorvino begins at Vista Terrace for Sponsors and VIP Ticketholders
  • 4:30 p.m.     VIP Reception ends

Tea & Tonic guests will have a discounted parking rate of $25 per car for self-parking or $35 for valet. Carpooling is recommended.

For the self-parking garage: From Orange Avenue, turn onto Rh Dana Pl. (you will turn right onto Rh Dana Pl. if you are coming from the north and left if you are coming from the south). The self-parking garage is on the left-hand side. Please keep your self-parking ticket (it will be validated at the event check-in to receive our discounted rate). It is a 2-3 minute walk from the parking garage to the event.

For valet parking: From Orange Avenue, turn onto Avenida Del Sol (you will turn right onto Avenida Del Sol if you are coming from the north and left if you are coming from the south). Follow the signs to valet parking and let the staff know you are there for Tea & Tonic.

Please see the parking map below for more details.

Alternatively, consider using Uber, our Official Rideshare Partner, to get to and from the event. Voucher code for the event is CCSSD2023. The voucher is good for 50% off (up to $40) rides to and from Hotel del Coronado within a 50-mile radius. The code is active from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 2.

How to redeem an Uber Voucher to your account.

1. Open the Uber app.

2. Tap the Account icon on the bottom right.

3. Tap the Wallet icon on the top of the screen.

4. Scroll down to the Vouchers section and tap on “+ Add voucher code”.

5. Type in the provided voucher code (CCSSD2023) and then tap Continue to claim it.

Suggested attire is smart casual, business, or semi-formal.

Our event sells out and we are expecting more than 500 guests.

You can use the printed ticket or QR code that is emailed to you to check in. If you forgot your paper ticket/QR code, not to worry! Our staff can still check you in by name. 

If you did not pre-authorize your credit card, you will be asked to swipe your credit card at check-in. This is not required, but highly encouraged. 

Tray-passed appetizers during the Champagne Reception include a variety of tea sandwiches and a vanilla bean scone. The first course is a Roasted Beet Salad with arugula, frisée, walnuts, goat cheese, and white balsamic vinaigrette. The second course is the Calabrian Marinated Chicken (GF) with buttermilk pomme puree, balsamic chicken jus, blistered shishitos, clustered tomatoes, and roasted cipollini. The second course for vegetarian/vegan guests is a Seared Cauliflower Steak with golden raisins, citrus gremolata, crispy garlic, parsley, and marcona almonds. The third course is a dessert assortment including an opera square, mimosa fresh fruit tart, and a dark chocolate dipped stemmed strawberry.

You will be asked about dietary restrictions when purchasing a ticket/table/sponsorship. If you missed this question and need to provide info about a dietary restriction for yourself or a guest, please email Dariel Walker Hampton at

Yes – You will be asked if there are other attendees you would like to sit with when you purchase general admission or VIP tickets. If you missed this prompt and would like to be seated with other individual ticket holders, please send an email to Dariel Walker Hampton at

If you purchased a table or sponsorship, you should receive a confirmation email from CCS staff with details and deadlines for guest registration. If you did not receive this email or have questions, please email Dariel Walker Hampton at

The credit card pre-authorization is highly encouraged and offered as a convenience. This is now a common practice for major fundraising events and reduces time waiting in line at check-in or check-out.

YES. This is similar to saving a credit card to your Amazon or DoorDash account. Only you can make charges to your card. CCS staff and the mobile giving platform cannot see the full credit card information. The guest controls any charges. If you buy no raffle tickets, win no auction items, and make no donations, your card will never be charged.

Guests can notify any check-out staff that they prefer to pay for a donation by check. We also intentionally delay processing credit card charges for 3 business days to allow guests to contact us regarding this preference for larger gifts.

The mobile silent auction will take place in the Givi mobile app. If you pre-registered your mobile number when purchasing a ticket/table/sponsorship, you will receive a text message the morning of the event with a link to download the Givi app to start bidding in our silent auction. If you would like to download the Givi app now to save time at the event, please scan one of the QR codes below. You will be able to see the Tea & Tonic auction page if you search for our event in the app, but items will not yet be available to bid on.

If you did not pre-register your mobile phone, you may do so at check-in when you arrive at the venue. You will then receive the link to start bidding. If you have never participated in a mobile auction before, don’t worry! CCS volunteers will be available at the event to help with mobile bidding.


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!