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Frequently Asked Questions

Tea & Tonic 2024

Some Post-Event FAQs and Staff Contact Info- Thank you again for your support!

  1. Silent Auction winners: if you missed a notification of a winning bid on your mobile or didn't know how to claim your item at check-out, CCS staff will be reaching out for next steps between May 13-15.
  2. Live Auction winners: CCS staff will be contacting all Live Auction winners to confirm receipt of a certificate and/or instructions on next steps and to answer any questions. Some of these were digital so are in the queue to be emailed.
  3. Paying by check or through a DAF instead of a credit card on file: this is a common request for larger "Raise the Paddle" pledges, and CCS intentionally delays charging credit cards by 2-3 business days to ensure we have recorded all requests NOT to charge for larger contribution. Many guests completed note cards at check out to confirm requests or sent us an email after the event. You can still make this request by COB May 14 by emailing our close-out team at or calling Suzie Colby at 858.693.2378.
  4. Photos: Ranch & Coast Magazine and many of our guests have been posting fun and beautiful photos to their social media, so hopefully you've seen some of those. Please also see a spread of CCS Tea & Tonic guest photos by Discover Magazine. CCS will be posting a complete album, including photos of the Tarana Burke and Courage Award segment soon! 

When is the event?

Tea & Tonic will take place on Thursday, May 9 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

  • 12:00 p.m.   Check-in opens & silent auction area open
  • 12:30 p.m.   Champagne, hors d’oeuvres & networking
  • 1:00 p.m.     Lunch & program with live auction begins in the Grand Ballroom
  • 3:30 p.m.     Program ends

Updated 5.8.24:  Tea & Tonic guests will have a discounted valet OR self-parking rate of $12 per car. The venue is allowing self-parking as an option because of the size of our event. Self-parking is a 4-minute walk to the lobby entrance.

UBER is a proud sponsor of Tea & Tonic!
On May 9, guests may use code CCS2024 for 50% off any ride within a 50-mile radius of Park Hyatt Aviara. Valid on event day only 10am-8pm and exclusive to Tea & Tonic guests. Code may be used twice (to and from the venue).

Carpooling is recommended.

Directions: Exit Poinsettia Lane from I-5. Turn right on Aviara Parkway. Turn right on Aviara Resort Drive. Follow road to valet parking and let the staff know you are there for Tea & Tonic.

Suggested attire is smart casual, business, or semi-formal. Pre-reception and event are indoors.

Our event sells out and we are expecting over 500 guests.

You will check in by providing your 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. You will also be asked to provide your email address and phone number for participation in the mobile silent auction, and to receive donation receipts.

All menu items are Gluten Free


  • Local Kale, Roasted Seasonal Fruits, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Honey-Lemon Dressing 


  • Aviara Spiced Honey Roasted Chicken Breast, Purple Cauliflower Crema, Morel Mushroom Sauce, Quinoa, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Vines


  • Roasted Eggplant, Vegan Chick Pea Mayo, Black Garlic Vinaigrette, Minestrone Salsa (Vegan, Gluten Free)


  • Seven Layer Spiced Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Mousse, Candied Carrots

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 Alina Cota at

When purchasing a ticket, feel free to add a comment noting your desired seating preference in the “Special Accommodations” notes field, or if you’ve already purchased tickets, email Alina Cota at CCS Staff will make their best attempt to accommodate all seating requests per seating chart capacity and availability.

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

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. Our event will sell out and we expect over 400 guests, so the pre-swiping will allow you to avoid long lines. Additionally, this year we are using the auction software Greater Giving for our mobile auction, which requires you to create an account to participate by bidding or making a donation. Registering for your account ahead of the event will not only save time but give you a sneak peak at the auction items a day or two before the event!

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. Your card is only charged if you win an auction item, purchase raffle tickets, wine pull ticket, or donate.

P.S. – Planning to donate a larger amount during the live auction or “raise a paddle” for a 100% match and prefer to do that through a checking account or DAF/foundation? CCS will not charge any amounts over $1,000 until the Monday after the event without confirming with you first, and you can also contact staff at after the event or at check-out at the event.

CCS automatically contacts any guests who “raise the paddle” to donate $5,000 or more to confirm a charge to the card or a desire to donate by check instead. Guests can also notify any check-out staff that they prefer to pay for a donation by check. We intentionally delay processing credit card charges to allow guests to contact us regarding this preference for larger gifts.

The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation will match “Raise a Paddle” appeal donations at our Tea & Tonic up to $100,000! Your donation of $500 becomes $1,000 or $50 becomes $100. Please raise your paddle to help us claim every dollar to DOUBLE your gift’s impact! You can charge your pledge to your registered credit card OR after the event by check or through a donor advised fund. CCS will delay Raise a Paddle charges to any credit cards on file for 3 business days to allow for us to confirm these options.

Pledges are matched through May 31, 2024. Please notify us if you think the check may arrive after May 31 so that we can record this for the match: or or 858-693-2378.

Donor Advised Fund and Personal Check Instructions

Make Payable to: Center for Community Solutions

Mail to:

Center for Community Solutions

Attn: Suzie Colby

4508 Mission Bay Drive

San Diego, CA 92109

CCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Tax ID 95-6379598

Contact Suzie Colby with any questions at or 858-693-2378.

P.S. The Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation has agreed to match donations from people who want to support CCS even if they were not personally present, so feel free to share this opportunity with friends:


Steps to Register to Bid:

1. Visit

2. Click on the “Register to Bid In Online” Auction button.

3. Click “Get Started” button.

4. Create an account or log-in to an existing account. If you don’t have an account already, click the green “Create Account” button on the left side of the page.

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5. On the next screen, enter your email address in both fields and click the reCAPTCHA box confirming you are not a robot before clicking “Confirm”.

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6. The next screen will ask you to verify your email to continue registering.

7. Check your inbox for the email address that was entered on the confirm email page. The email will be from “Greater Giving Login.”

  • Note: If you don’t receive an email, check your spam or promotions tab. You can also click the “Resend Email” button on the Verify Email page if needed

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8. Within the email you received, click the provided link to verify your account. The link will connect you to filling out your bidder account information.

9. Your email address will be your Username.

10. Create a password for your account. The password must be at least 7 characters in length and contain at least 2 non-alphabetic characters and 2 non-numeric characters.

11. Enter your name, address, and mobile phone.

12. Enter your credit card information. You will only be charged if you make a donation or are the winning bidder on an auction package. Greater Giving is a PCI-Level 1 Compliant credit card processing company. Your card information is securely stored and then removed from our database after the event.

13. Confirm all information is correct and click the green “Create” button at the bottom of the page.

14. Your account is now created! Click the green gavel to start bidding in the auction or make a donation.


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