Hats Glorious Hats

Rainy day fails to dampen glorious flower garden of hats blossoming in Hermann Park

Rainy day fails to dampen flower garden of hats at Hermann Park

Hats in the Park, March 2016, Joella Mach, Michelle Foutch, Blakely Griggs
Hats in the Park luncheon chairs Joella Mach, Michelle Foutch, and Blakely Griggs. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Annie Eifler, Sanford & Susie Criner, Kate Bellin
Annie Criner Eifler, Sanford Criner, Susie Criner, Kate Criner Bellin. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Courtney Toomey, Crystal Wright, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell
Courtney Toomey, Crystal Wright, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the park, March 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Doreen Stoller
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Doreen Stoller. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Linda Hunsaker, Barry Hunsaker, Kelly Leonard, David Leonard
Linda Hunsaker, Barry Hunsaker, Kelly Leonard, David Leonard. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Danny David, Isabel david
Danny David, Isabel David. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Aliya Stude, Phoebe Tudor
Alliya Stude, Phoebe Tudor. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Gracie Cavnar, Y. Ping Sun
Gracie Cavnar, Y. Ping Sun. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Mary D'Andrea, Gina Bhatia
Mary d'Andrea, Gina Bhatia. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the park, March 2016, Christina Stith, Carolyn Chachere, Kimberly Falgout
Christina Stith, Carolyn Chachere, Kimberly Falgout. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Kelly Lubanko, Jim Neslon, Leigh Smith
Kelly Lubanko, Jim Nelson, Leigh Smith. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Divya Brown, Valerie Dieterich, Rachel Volz
Divya Brown, Valerie Dieterich, Rachel Volz. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Caroline Simons, Lindley Arnoldy, Ting Bresnehan, Morgan Garvey
Caroline Simons, Lindley Arnoldy, Ting Bresnehan, Morgan Garvey. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Krystal Thompson, Whitney Gordon
Krystal Thompson, Whitney Gordon. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Kristen Nix, Hannah McNair
Kristen Nix, Hannah McNair. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Franci Neely, Bobbie Nau, Frances Marzio
Franci Neely, Bobbie Nau, Frances Marzio. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Jo Lynn Falgout, Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson
 Jo Lynn Falgout, Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Jackie Fair, Barbara Alesamit, Karina Barbieri
Jackie Fair, Barbara Alesamit, Karina Barbieri. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016,Linsey Looke, Melissa Tuckerman, Brittany O’Brien, Meredith Monrad
Linsey Looke, Melissa Tuckerman, Brittany O’Brien, Meredith Monrad. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Joella Mach, Michelle Foutch, Blakely Griggs
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Annie Eifler, Sanford & Susie Criner, Kate Bellin
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Courtney Toomey, Crystal Wright, Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell
Hats in the park, March 2016, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Doreen Stoller
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Linda Hunsaker, Barry Hunsaker, Kelly Leonard, David Leonard
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Danny David, Isabel david
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Aliya Stude, Phoebe Tudor
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Gracie Cavnar, Y. Ping Sun
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Mary D'Andrea, Gina Bhatia
Hats in the park, March 2016, Christina Stith, Carolyn Chachere, Kimberly Falgout
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Kelly Lubanko, Jim Neslon, Leigh Smith
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Divya Brown, Valerie Dieterich, Rachel Volz
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Caroline Simons, Lindley Arnoldy, Ting Bresnehan, Morgan Garvey
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Krystal Thompson, Whitney Gordon
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Kristen Nix, Hannah McNair
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Franci Neely, Bobbie Nau, Frances Marzio
Hats in the Park, March 2016,  Jo Lynn Falgout, Ellie Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson
Hats in the Park, March 2016, Jackie Fair, Barbara Alesamit, Karina Barbieri
Hats in the Park, March 2016,Linsey Looke, Melissa Tuckerman, Brittany O’Brien, Meredith Monrad

Hermann Park Conservancy supporters are a resolute bunch, never letting a little rain, a downpour or frosty temps put a damper on any of the non-profit's popular al fresco events. So the sprinkles that might have marred Tuesday's "Hats in the Park" luncheon came across more as showers that bring the flowers rather than any deterrent to midday fun.

In fact, the popular "Hats in the Park" fete, chaired by Michelle Foutch, Blakely Griggs and Joella Mach, enjoyed a turnout of more than 450 guests and raised close to $350,000 for the conservancy's mission of improving and protecting Hermann Park.

As is tradition, the ladies — and a sprinkling of gents — donned spectacular chapeaux for the always-colorful gathering in a party tent anchored in the McGovern Centennial Gardens. There were champagne toasts all around before the bright contingent sat down for a luscious lunch from City Kitchen.

The ninth annual fundraiser honored Linda Hunsaker for her service of more than 10 years on the Hermann Park Conservancy’s board of directors and on various board committees. Conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller presented the honoree with a Monterrey oak that will be planted in the park in Hunsaker's honor.

The program included remarks by conservancy board chair Danny David and Mayor Sylvester Turner, who shared remembrances of playing in the park as a youth and emphasizing the importance of the park to H-Town's civic landscape.

Applauding the fashion joy provide by the stunning hats were Phoebe Tudor, Cherie Flores, Randa Weiner, Kate Gibson, Isabel David, Estella Cockrell, Karen and Scott Rozzell, Kelli Blanton, Jim Nelson, Susie and Sanford Criner, and Cullen Geiselman.

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