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Check Out Details for 2019’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea & Kind Words from This Year’s Event!

The next Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be held on Mar 30, 2019! 100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea.  It’s not just tea; its Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea!  

Here are some kind words from attendees from this year’s event and founder Karen Mertes:

“Great event – would love to be back next year!” 

“Diane McKelvey invited me in 2017.  I will come back and donate as generously as I can as long as you host this amazing event.  Thank you for what you do and the example you are!”  

“Karen – You are a God send!  Thank you for all you do!  Please put us down as a sponsor next year!”

“Love all you do!” 

“Karen, I would love to be a sponsor next year!  Please remind me next year!  As always, it has been a pleasure to attend and support Fulfill Your Destiny!” 

To lend a helping hand in the 2019 Spring Chari-Tea Event, please e-mail karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org.

For more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Mission, click here!

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Look At What Donors Are Saying about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Annual Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Recently, Karen Mertes received these kind words from an individual that provided a product donation for Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2019 Spring Chari-Tea on Mar 30, 2019.
“I really appreciated speaking with you, and learning about your inspired Chari-Tea event.  What a beautiful mission, created through your life experiences.  I am very inspired by what you have brought forth…for the highest good——of All!  May your mission inspire and benefit others—always!”
To lend a helping hand in the 2019 Spring Chari-Tea Event, please e-mail karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org.

For more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Mission, click here!

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Karen Mertes’ Amazing Story, How She Gives Back.. and How You Can Too

Thinking about joining Karen Mertes for the 2018 Fulfill You Destiny Chari-Tea event? Check out this interview to find out her reason WHY —


That Business Show welcomed Karen Mertes, an honorably retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen has an amazing story. She suffered a massive car accident involving a drunk driver. Near death and with a massive brain injury, she vowed to help others if she survived, and that’s how Fulfill Your Destiny was created.

Fulfill Your Destiny is dedicated to helping others in our community become successful, or helping them out in order to give them the tools to live a better and happier life. Whether its helping a young child with school or giving a foster child their own car, Fulfill Your Destiny does some real good for the Tampa Bay community.

More about Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny at http://www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, or email her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org!



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In Honor of National Iced Tea Month, We’re Announcing the Date for 2018’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Unknown-12Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a pleasurable way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring. 

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for Great Food, Auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts, and Fun!

Fulfill Your Destiny’s 5th Annual Chari-Tea will take place on March 24, 2018 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM! For sponsorship, tickets or more information; please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or by phone at 813-481-9895.

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Tampa Bay Times Covers 2017 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Tampa Bay Times covered this year’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event! Times Correspondent, Lenora Lake, shared Karen Mertes’ story and her motivation to help others through the Fulfill Your Destiny charity. Lake highlighted the events that took place and a spotlight on recipient of the event’s Wheels for Success, Lyda Haaga.

Check out the entire article here!



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Highlights from this year’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Here are some highlights from this year’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Thank you to American Momentum Bank for Sponsoring this year’s event!

Thank you to all of our 41 Sponsors!

Showcasing our 5 Teacup Sponsors:

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Sharing our 5 Oolong Tea Sponsors:

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Highlighting our 11 Herbal Tea Sponsors:

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Introducing our 19 Iced Tea Sponsors (listed alphabetically):

A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions, Inc.; Academic Alliance in Dermatology; Anita Roederer, Realtor, Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services; Biz Dynamics Group; Blo Tampa; Charity Chics North Tampa/Pasco, LLC; Cooperative Real Estate; Kohlerhaus; Marie Rosenbaum, Travel Consultant; Merchant Insurance Solutions; Robert H. Delafield, Inc.; Seven, LLC; TD Bank; South University ; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, The Centre for Women; The Women’s Council of Realtors – Tampa Network; Willow Healing; and Working Women of Tampa Bay.

Auction and Raffle Prize Donors

Thank you to our Auction and Raffle Prize Donors (list alphabetically):  AAD Aesthetics; Ackermann Maple Farm; Ana Wholley, Chole + Isabel; Art Passions; Arthur Murray Tampa; Aveda Level Salon Spa; B & D Wholesalers; Barbara Lodato; Bella’s Italian Cafe; Besito’s Mexican; Blo Tampa; Bonefish Grill; Bradford Portraits; By the Moon; Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Cat’s Creations; CompassPointz; D – K Planners & Designs; Dan Johnson Designs; Denice Nanette, Chloe + Isabel; Designer Magnetic Jewelry; Design My Course; DSW; Earring Holder Galley; Edith Hicks, Premiere Designs; Eyes on You Salon & Spa; Flourish; Hyde Park Kendra Scott; jeanique,;Jen Miller, Plunder Design Jewelry; Jewelry Designs by Carol Anne; John Mroczek; Journey into Color Photography by Kathy Lerche; Just For You; Karen Embry Designs; Karen Mertes; KateKreates; Kathy Sparks Art; Kilroy Krafts; L.A. Parker Designs; Lady Fish Designs; Lancome at Macy’s – West Shore Plaza Mall; Lori Hlavsa; M & D Fine Jewelry; Margarita Sarmiento; Michelle Linden, Cutco Independent Specialist; Nancy DeMeyer; Nautilus Soap Company; Ocean of Gold, Inc.; Out of Hand!; Pami Pocket; Pane Rustica; Paradise Potter; Pillows ‘N’ Stuff; Pilot Bank; Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel; Sarafina’s; Sea Beans with Style; Seven, LLC; Sew Be It; Shannon Abitbol, Earth Essentials; SoHo Wellness; South Tampa Chamber of Commerce; Square 1 Burger & Bar; Steve Vaughn Tropics Gallery; Sweet Shop Confections; Tampa Bay Lightning; The Busted Hourglass; The Florida Orchestra;  The Foot Whisperer Reflexology Institute; The Messy Painter; The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium; The Write Place; Thistle Delights; Two Twisted Sisters Designs; Urban Phoenix Studios; Willow Healing; Woodsmith of Naples; and  Ybor City Wine Bar.


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Tomorrow is Our Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Tomorrow is our 2017 Spring Chari-Tea event! We wanted to recognize that Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea is being presented by American Momentum Bank.

Our signature event on Mar 25, 2017 returns again to the beautiful Empress Tea Room located at 12924 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, FL, a locally owned and operated elegant Tea Room and Event Dining venue.  Our 2017 Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be from 2:30 – 5:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 25, 2017. 

Highlights from Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea presented by C1 Bank

One highlight from our 2016 Spring Chari-Tea was presenting Teri A with a ‘new to her’ Honda Accord.  Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success partnered to make this happen when Fulfill Your Destiny donated $3,000 to Wheels of Success for their ‘Build a Car’ program.  For the second year in a row, Fulfill Your Destiny and Wheels of Success have partnered to present a local woman with a car at Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual Spring Chari-Tea.


021_ChariTea_3-19-16Big thanks to our 2016 Teapot Title Sponsor, C1 Bank, our other 37 very generous sponsors, as well as the 100 beautiful ladies that attended our signature annual event. Together we positively impacted a single mother’s life!

Another highlight from our Spring Chari-Tea this year was helping the clients at PARC.  Fulfill Your Destiny commissioned PARC to make custom Teapot and Teacup ornaments through a donation Fulfill Your Destiny made to PARC.  All guests that attended Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2016 Spring Chari-Tea presented by C1 Bank received one of those special custom made ornaments as a gift for attending this year’s Chari-Tea.

Fulfill Your Destiny recognizes people and organizations who have helped further our mission of helping others by presenting them with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ to help others when and where needed awards.  This year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Awards were presented to Kristi Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care and Tara Richter, Richter Publishing, LLC.

264_ChariTea_3-19-16Kristie Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care was presented with Fulfill Your Destiny’s H.E.R.O. Award for suggesting Karen Mertes, founder of Fulfill Your Destiny. She seeks sponsors for her speaking engagements.  Kristie Campbell of Home Instead Senior Care then generously and repeatedly sponsored several of Karen’s presentations.

Tara Richer, Richter Publishing, LLC
, as the publisher of Karen’s book, PLAINTIFF 101, helped make PLAINTIFF 101 a #1 Amazon Best Seller and a #1 Hot New Release.  Since all the proceeds from PLAINTIFF 101 are donated directly to Fulfill Your Destiny, Tara and Richter Publishing have also helped further our mission of helping others.

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