Welcome to Heather's T.R.E.E.

Welcome to Heather's T.R.E.E., focusing on Training, Resources, Education and Empowerment regarding domestic violence and how to help yourself or a loved one who finds themselves in this type situation.

This site is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Mary Heather Spencer; daughter, grand-daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece and friend, who was murdered by her boyfriend on 9/11/07. We pray her story will touch the lives of others in unsafe domestic situations and lead them to a better life of love and fulfillment.


6th Annual Fat Tire Festival To Benefit Heather's Tree

The Tri-County Mountain Bike Association is proud to announce the 6th Annual Fat Tire Fest/McGee LungBUSTER XC Mountain Bike Race on October 19th-20th. Once again, TCMBA will donate all net proceeds to Heather's T.R.E.E.

We are still welcoming corporate and personal sponsors that can send a check directly to:

Heather's Tree
102 Bristol Cove
Madison MS 39110
(please make TCMBA notation in memo area)

All donations and sponsorships are Tax deductible!

Fat Tire Festival Poster - 2013

NOON - Trails open to the public, featuring brand new PUMP TRACK!
NOON - Registration for the McGee LungBUSTER XC Mountain Bike Race
2pm - FREE BBQ, Soft Drinks, Tea and Water
3pm - Kids mountain bike race
4pm - Short Track Mountain Bike Race
5pm - "Bayou Reggae" performed by the Stiff Necked Fools, Bon-fire at Dusk

9am - The "McGee LungBUSTER" XC Mountain Bike Race

All events are family and spectator friendly with all day music, group rides, hikes and moon jump.


Arbor Day


ardenland presents Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group

Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group

Wednesday, May 15th
Thalia Mara Hall - Jackson, MS
7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
reserve tickets: $75, $55, $45, $35
*A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heather's T.R.E.E.


Tickets: www.ardenland.net, Ticketmaster.com



Keller Williams with Gregory Alan Isakov

Thursday, May 9th
Duling Hall - Jackson, MS
6:30pm doors / 7:30pm show
$24 advance / $28 door
*A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heather's T.R.E.E.


Tickets: www.ardenland.net, Ticketmaster.com, Babalu, Morningbell Records

Presented in part by Cathead Vodka, Find It In Fondren and Henry Weinhard's


Heather's Tree

March 10th would have been Heather's 34th birthday. Please mark it on your calendar and join us as we launch the national expansion of Heather's T.R.E.E.! Anna Walker Crump (formally with MCADV) has been elected to serve on the Public Policy Committee of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and is spearheading this expansion. We need your continued support and thank you for helping us, help others.


5th Annual Fat Tire Festival To Benefit Heather's Tree

We're excited to announce that The Tri-County Mountain Bike Association will be presenting the 5th Annual Fat Tire Festival October 20th and 21st at The Ridgeland Trails, 521 Giles Lane, Madison Ms.

Fat Tire Festival Poster - 2012

9AM "Run for Heather" 5K Trail Run
$25 race fee
Limited to 200 runners/walkers
Must be PRE-REGISTERED at www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2057484
All proceeds benefit Heather's T.R.E.E.

Live music all day from 11am-6pm featuring Paperclip Scientists and Jason Turner Band
NOON - Free BBQ, soft drinks, tea and water
2pm-6pm "McGee LungBUSTER" registration open
4pm "Mini-Super D" downhill mountain bike race

9am The "McGee LungBUSTER" XC Mountain Bike Race

All events are family and spectator friendly with all day music, group rides, hikes and moon jump.


Heather Spencer Memorial Fund Makes Contribution To MCADV

Thanks to everyone that supports Heathers Tree. Our prayer is that you'll never personally need these funds...but if you do, we're here to help.

God bless the legacy that Heather Spencer leaves behind. Merry Christmas to all.

2011 Donation Check


Fourth Annual Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert

Heather's TREE Soulshine Concert 2011

The Fourth Annual Heather's Tree Soulshine Memorial Concert will be held at Hal & Mal's on
October 22, 2011 starting at 7pm.

Musical Acts:
Brad Biard | The Ham Hocks | Blue Mountain | Dave's Highway | Jade Hendrix (of Jimi Hendrix lineage)

Silent Auction:
Auction items exceeding a $100 value will receive free admission. To donate for this important cause, please contact Linda at lindaf@heatherstree.org.

$20 - available at the door and completely tax deductible.

Donations for Heather's T.R.E.E. are always appreciated.

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Summer 2011 Newsletter

Wow! Has it really been one year since our last newsletter?  That's hard to believe but true.  We all lead such busy lives...jobs, kids...life just seems to fly by.  But it goes without saying that our work at Heather's T.R.E.E., is always a top priority. And in 3 months, the 4th Annual Heather  Spencer 'Soulshine' Memorial Concert will be here, once again at Hal & Mal's in Jackson, MS on October 22nd.  The past two years, this organization has greatly helped our cause with their generosity with this event so please stay tuned as more info will be coming soon!
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Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert - TV Commercial

Our friends over at Mad Genius helped create this awesome TV spot for the upcoming Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert to be held October 16th at Hal & Mal's in downtown Jackson, MS.


The Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert - October 16, 2010

The Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert

Come join us on Saturday, October 16, 2010 for the 3rd Annual Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert being held at Hal & Mal's from 7pm - Midnight.

Tax deductable tickets are only $20 and are available at the door. Please help put an end to domestic violence.


DU It For Heather Duathalon 2010

DU It For Heather poster


Join us for a fundraising duathalon to honor Mary Heather Spencer on October 16, 2010 at 8 AM. All proceeds will benefit Heather's Tree and the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV).

Register at Fleet Feet, Indian Cycle or online at http://racesonline.com.


Heather's T.R.E.E. - Newsletter Summer 2010

It's true, the older you get, the faster time flies. I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far and enjoying every good thing this world has to offer! I can't believe 2010 is already half over! A friend gave me a key chain last year that says, "Whenever a door closes, God opens a window".

This year I have lived that quote. My husband and I have been blessed with a son, a new baby boy named Memphis. I had him on April 29th and he is bringing us so much joy. He is almost 3 months old now. Heather has a little brother she will never know on this earth but we hope she will meet him one day in Heaven. My Mom told me she was proud of me for being able to bring another life into this world to love after so much heartache from losing Heather. It took me quite a while to figure out if I could handle it. I am sometimes over protective of him but he is our little miracle and I know Heather is keeping a watchful eye over him. While a piece of my heart will always be missing, it is full of love for this new little life and I pray that he will grow up to be a kind, considerate, loving and compassionate individual. And I will do everything in my power to make sure he does.

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Marking Heather's 31st Birthday

Heather SpencerWednesday, March 10th would have been Heather's 31st birthday. I wonder how her life would have progressed to this point. I remember the day she was born and how happy I was. The doctor who delivered her said she was the prettiest baby he had ever delivered and I was so proud. Of course she grew up to be a beautiful young woman, not only on the outside but on the inside as well. She had so much to give and so much to live for. There is not a day or a minute that goes by that I do not think of her and miss her.

We all, her family and friends, continue to go on with our lives as best we can but for most of us, there will always be a void, unable to be filled. We still search for answers and reasons that this tragedy had to happen and try to find comfort.

A friend of mine gave me this poem soon after Heather died and its meaning gives me hope and reassurance that one day I will have all the answers and be re-united with her in a much better place.

Thank you all for your continued love and support and God Bless You. ~LHF


The Weaver's Poem

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
But He weaves on steadily.

Oft' times He weaves in sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget he sees the upper
And I the under side.

Not until the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reasons why.
For the dark threads are as needful
In the skillful Weaver's hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

- Author Unknown


Heather's T.R.E.E. - Newsletter Fall 2009

Where to start?  The past year has flown by and it’s hard to believe we just completed the 2nd Annual Heather Spencer Memorial Concert.  It was a challenging year, not only for me personally as I still struggle daily to make sense of losing my daughter, but the entire country has been devastated by the economy, lost jobs, housing foreclosures, war and bail outs.  As a committee, we didn’t quite know what to expect for our second benefit.  Would people come?  Would we get enough auction items donated?  Would we raise enough money again this year to help other women in need? 

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Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence Leadership Conference

Thursday, November 5th, 2009, Heather’s T.R.E.E. made a $12,000 donation to the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence at their annual leadership conference to establish the Heather's Hope Grant Program.

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Second Annual Heather Spencer `Soulshine' Memorial Concert

Heathers Tree Promo - 2009

Please mark your calendars now for the 2nd Annual Heather Spencer `Soulshine' Memorial Concert on October 17th, at Hal & Mal's in Jackson, MS! Last year we raised $10,000 for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (mcadv.org) with your help! The event is scheduled to run from 7pm - 12 Midnight (or later!) and will once again feature delectable food from local area restaurants, a silent auction, t-shirts for sale and a fantastic line-up of local and national musicians! This year's musical line-up includes The Patrick Harkins Band, Shadz of Gray, Brad Biard, Dave Gatlin, Passenger Jones, Georgia Thomas and California band Rally for One!

We are also asking for silent auction donations of any kind. Last year's items ranged from paintings, to trips, to restaurant certificates to designer sunglasses, jewelry, sports memorabilia and much more! If you would like to donate an item, you can contact lindaf@heatherstree.org and we will make sure we get it in the auction! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

There's sure to be something for everyone at this year's event and we ask that you make your plans now to attend as we strive to end domestic violence, not only in Mississippi, but all over the country and join us as we remember our beloved Mary Heather whose love of life, music, friends and family made her a joy to know and love and she is missed still today, two years later, as our hearts ache that she is no longer with us."

See you on October 17th!

Let your soul shine,


DU IT FOR HEATHER - Event Announcement

DU IT FOR HEATHER, a Duathalon honoring the memory of Mary Heather Spencer

Heather's T.R.E.E. is proud to announce a charity Duathalon race to benefit Heather's T.R.E.E. and the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This event is being presented by our friends at Indian Cycle, Fleet Feet, and Indian Fitness, all located in Ridgeland, MS.

When: October 31, 2009 8:00am CST

Where: 207 W Jackson Street. Ridgeland, MS

Main Event: DUATHALON featuring a 5k run, 22k Bike ride, 1 Mile run

Other Events: 5K run & 1 Mile Fun Run

Entry Fees:

  • $35 - Duathalon Individual
  • $70 - Duathalon Team
  • $20 - 5k Run (or Walk)
  • $15 - 1 Mile Fun Run

All proceeds to benefit Heather's T.R.E.E. and the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Indian Cycle / Indian Fitness
677 S. Pear Orchard Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Fleet Feet
Trace Station Shopping Center
500 Hwy 51
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Register online at http://www.racesonline.com


Summer Newsletter Update

After a successful 'Pet Pics for a Cause' event held this past spring, Heather's Tree is excited to bring you the Summer 2009 update which includes the following:

+ Read the Summer 2009 Newsletter


Need help?

If you or someone you know needs help with a domestic violence issue call the numbers below for assistance.

  • If in immediate danger: Dial 911
  • In Mississippi: 1-800-898-3234 or 1-800-799-7233
  • Outside Mississippi: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)



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