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Mayor steals the show in umbrella-size hat, but others come close with wild designs at luncheon

Mayor steals the show at Hats in the Park luncheon with wild chapeau

News, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Mayor Annise Parker, Minnette Boesel
Mayor Annise Parker, left, makes major fashion statement, with Minnette Boesel, at Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park luncheon. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Denise Monteleone, Estela Cockrell
Luncheon chairs Denise Monteleone, left, and Estela Cockrell share the day's glory. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kathrine McGovern, Doreen Stoller
Luncheon honoree Kathrine McGovern, left, with Hermann Park Conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Francine Ballard, Danny David
Francine Ballard and Danny David, Hermann Park Conservancy board chairman. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Sandra Manela, Brian McCulloch, Carrie Bransberg-Dahl
Sandra Manela, left, Brian McCullouch and Carrie Bransberg-Dahl. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Morgan Garvey, Melissa Juneau
Morgan Garvey, left, and Melissa Juneau. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Darian Ward, Jackie Fair
Darian Ward, left, and Jackie Fair. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Alex Blair, Danielle Ellis
Alex Blair, left, and Danielle Ellis. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Anna Dean, Diane Armijo
Anna Dean, left, and Diane Armijo. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Rachel Volz, Ting Bresnahan
Rachel Volz, left, and Ting Bresnahan. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Laurie Morian, Michelle Foutch
Laurie Morian, left, and Michelle Foutch. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kim Korth, Marylin Greiner, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Gracie Cavnar
Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Jeff Shell, Chris Goins, Fady Armanious
Jeff Shell, left, Chris Goins and Fady Armanious. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kristen Nix, Kelly Silvers
Kristen Nix, left, and Kelly Silvers. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Todd Fiscus, Ceron, Mark Sullivan
Todd Fiscus, from left, Ceron and Mark Sullivan. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Karen Mayell, Kelli Blanton, Diane Lokey Farb, Karen Payne
Karen Mayell, from left, Kelli Blanton, Diane Lokey Farb and Karen Payne. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Marcy Taub, Jana Arnoldy
Marcy Taub Wessell, left, and Jana Arnoldy. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park,Mary Ann McKeithan, C.C.Conner, Joyce Haufrecht
Mary Ann McKeithan, left, C.C. Conner and Joyce Haufrecht. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Valeire Dieterich, Audrey Cochran
Valerie Dieterich, left, and Audrey Cochran. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Emily Reaser, Karina Barbieri, Lauren Zboril
Emily Reaser, from left, Karina Barbieri and Lauren Zboril.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Doreen Stoller, Mayor Annise Parker
Hermann Park Conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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The party tent in the McGovern Centennial Gardens. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Mayor Annise Parker, Minnette Boesel
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Denise Monteleone, Estela Cockrell
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kathrine McGovern, Doreen Stoller
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Francine Ballard, Danny David
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Sandra Manela, Brian McCulloch, Carrie Bransberg-Dahl
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Morgan Garvey, Melissa Juneau
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Darian Ward, Jackie Fair
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Alex Blair, Danielle Ellis
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Anna Dean, Diane Armijo
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Rachel Volz, Ting Bresnahan
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Laurie Morian, Michelle Foutch
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kim Korth, Marylin Greiner, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Gracie Cavnar
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Jeff Shell, Chris Goins, Fady Armanious
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Kristen Nix, Kelly Silvers
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Todd Fiscus, Ceron, Mark Sullivan
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Karen Mayell, Kelli Blanton, Diane Lokey Farb, Karen Payne
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Marcy Taub, Jana Arnoldy
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park,Mary Ann McKeithan, C.C.Conner, Joyce Haufrecht
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Valeire Dieterich, Audrey Cochran
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Emily Reaser, Karina Barbieri, Lauren Zboril
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park, Doreen Stoller, Mayor Annise Parker
News, Shelby, Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park,

What a fabulous day in Hermann Park and what a fabulous day for Hermann Park. The annual Hats in the Park luncheon earned a record $360,000 for park coffers on a day that saw a record turnout of close to 400 women and a sprinkling of men, all in striking hats.

The tableau of divine chapeaux on Tuesday was unmatched as Hermann Park patrons stepped out in the finest millinery on a day that began cloudy and muggy and ended in sunshine and cool breezes. The fountains of the fledgling McGovern Centennial Gardens danced in the changing winds as Kathrine McGovern accepted kudos and a standing ovation as honoree for her long-time support of the much-beloved city park. The luncheon took place in a vast tent on the Celebration Lawn.

While luncheon chairs Estela Cockrell and Denise Monteleone welcomed guests and Hermann Park Conservancy board chair Danny David delivered the park update, it was Mayor Annise Parker who clearly stole the show.

"I will acknowledge that I haven't always gotten into the spirit of the luncheon (seldom wearing a hat). And I've been teased," she said, adding that on this her last time to attend the luncheon as Houston mayor, "I'm going to do it all at once." And indeed she did in a a hat with a brim so broad that the mayor joked that it could double as an umbrella.

Her remarks on the park had a hint of nostaglia as she described it as "truly magnificent, an asset to the city . . . a jewel that has been cut and polished and faceted in a way that none of us could have imagined when the conservancy came together."

But as Danny David noted in his remarks, the work is not exactly done. There are plans on the drawing board for the renovation of the Historic Club House into a unique event space, improvements in the Japanese Garden in time for that spots 25th anniversary and naming opportunities still exist in the Centennial Campaign.

Following the luncheon, it was champagne toasts in the Cherie Flories Garden Pavilion all around with special acknowledgement to Centennial Campaign chairs Phoebe Tudor and Sanford Criner and former conservancy board chair Ann Kennedy. Hats were also off to Doreen Stoller, conservancy executive director who has stewarded the years-long project.

Among the well-heeled throng were luncheon honorary chair Cherie Flores, David Cockrell, Diane Lokey Farb, Isabel David, Randa Weiner, Susie Criner, Dancie Ware, Carolyn Robertson, Kim Tutcher, Mark Sullivan, Rebecca Jusbasche, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, Jana Arnoldy, Jo Lynn Falgout, Gracie Cavnar, Cathy Cleary, Kristen Nix and Rachel Volz, whose A Fare Extraordinaire provided the delish lunch.