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Mother's Day ChariTea Brunch
May 06, 2017

Zaman International hosts tea-themed brunch to celebrate, raise money for women

Zaman International, an Inkster-based humanitarian organization that provides urgent needs and job skills training for impoverished women with children, will host a Mother’s Day “ChariTea Brunch” on Saturday, May 6 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate to raise money for its programs. The annual women-only event, which goes from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., will feature catering by Habib’s Cuisine in Dearborn, raffles for more than 90 gift baskets, and a “marketplace” to shop for locally made products.

The brunch will be sponsored by Retea, a Detroit-based company owned by Ali Bazzi and Saad Saad, who will treat guests to a tea bar with gourmet drinks and a packet of tea to take home. Guests can also shop for Retea products at the marketplace, as well as homemade chocolate from Narang Desserts and baked goods from Planet Bakery and Crème au Beurre Pâtisserie. The marketplace will also feature items sewn by Zaman’s sewing students and handcrafted bath products from Soap4Hope, a company founded by Zaman volunteers.

A highlight of the annual brunch are the raffle baskets, filled with kitchen items, spa experiences, home décor, children’s games, and more. Guests can purchase $1 raffle tickets to win baskets valued up to $250 or $5 tickets to win baskets worth more than $250 (including Tory Burch and Kate Spade purses and a weekend in Chicago with Tigers vs. White Sox tickets). Guests can also purchase $10 raffle tickets to vie for the grand prize: an Armani Beauty Makeover for 10 donated by Saks Fifth Avenue and valued at $1,000.

“Women are so important to the work that Zaman does, and this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them,” said Monica Boomer, director of community engagement and volunteerism for Zaman. “We are encouraging mothers, daughters, grandmothers, nieces, aunts and all the other special women in our community to treat themselves to this fun and relaxing event.”

Other event sponsors include Dearborn Pediatric & Adolescent Medical Center, Drug Max Pharmacy, Michigan Cosmetic Surgery, and a donor giving in loving memory of Imad Fadlallah.

Tickets for the brunch are $50 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 313-451-1542. All proceeds benefit Zaman’s programs, which include the provision of food, clothing and furniture to high-need families, sewing and literacy instruction, and dignified infant burial.

More about Zaman International can be found at More about Retea, which donates a portion of its profits to refugee education around the world, is available at


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