Local organization The Country Friends will be honored by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) as the Community Partner of the Year at the 18th Annual Tea & Tonic on April 7. The event recognizes CCS’ supporters who have demonstrated advocacy and commitment to helping survivors of relationship violence and lifting up women, children, and families in our community. Tea & Tonic also serves to raise awareness and funds for CCS’ domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention programs, including emergency response teams, a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelters, victim advocacy, transitional housing programs, court accompaniment, hospital accompaniment, counseling services, and legal services.

Terry Crews will be the keynote speaker. Former NFL player, best-selling author, and current star in the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he will discuss his experience standing against domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and share his thoughts on the roles and responsibilities of men to prevent and end it. Tea & Tonic is sponsored by WomenWealthWise, The Weil Family Foundation, The Frame Maker, and Dr. Therese Collins and Bryon Georgiou. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ccssd.org.