Flip Flops and Rain Boots

Hermann Park Conservancy crowd comes prepared but rain holds off at outdoor gala

Fear of rain results in new fashion mode for Hermann Park outdoor gala

Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Chris Bradshaw, Kristy Bradshaw, Kim Tutcher, Dan Tutcher
Evening in the Park chairs Chris Bradshaw, Kristy Bradshaw, Kim Tutcher, Dan Tutcher. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Laurie Morian, Rose Capobianco, Cherie Flores
Laurie Morian, Rose Capobianco, Cherie Flores. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Mack Fowler, Catherine McDonald, Cece Fowler and Bruce McDonald.
Mack Fowler, Catherine McDonald, Cece Fowler and Bruce McDonald. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Lindsey Brown, Chris Shepherd
Lindsey Brown, Chris Shepherd. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Scotty Arnoldy Jana Arnoldy
Scotty Arnoldy Jana Arnoldy. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Jim Nelson, Dean Putterman, Ed Finger, Ed Smith, Richard Lapin, Gary Pittman.
 Jim Nelson, Dean Putterman, Ed Finger, Ed Smith, Richard Lapin, Gary Pittman. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Marcus Smith, Heidi Smith
Marcus Smith, Heidi Smith. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey
Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Steve Lubanko, Kelley Lubanko
Steve Lubanko, Kelley Lubanko. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Susie Criner, Sanford Criner
Susie Criner, Sanford Criner. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Carlos Wheelock, Luvi WheelockTamara Ortiz-Perez, Kanchan Phalak, Karla Sepulveda.
Tamara Ortiz-Perez, Kanchan Phalak, Karla Sepulveda. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Vanessa Martin, Keith Watson Wade, Vernita Harris, Larry Green
Vanessa Martin, Keith Watson Wade, Vernita Harris, Larry Green. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Isabel David, Danny David
 Isabel David, Danny David. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Holly Alvis, Austin Alvis
 Holly Alvis, Austin Alvis . Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin
Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Divya Brown, Chris Brown
Divya Brown, Chris Brown. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Ceron, Phoebe Tudor, Todd Fiscus
Ceron, Phoebe Tudor, Todd Fiscus. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Brian Smith, Barbara Smith
Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Carlos Wheelock, Luvi Wheelock
Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner, Kevin Kushner
Brittany Sakowitz Kushner, Kevin Kushner. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker
Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker. Courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Chris Bradshaw, Kristy Bradshaw, Kim Tutcher, Dan Tutcher
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Laurie Morian, Rose Capobianco, Cherie Flores
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Mack Fowler, Catherine McDonald, Cece Fowler and Bruce McDonald.
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Lindsey Brown, Chris Shepherd
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Scotty Arnoldy Jana Arnoldy
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Jim Nelson, Dean Putterman, Ed Finger, Ed Smith, Richard Lapin, Gary Pittman.
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Marcus Smith, Heidi Smith
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Patrick Garvey, Morgan Garvey
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Steve Lubanko, Kelley Lubanko
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Susie Criner, Sanford Criner
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Carlos Wheelock, Luvi WheelockTamara Ortiz-Perez, Kanchan Phalak, Karla Sepulveda.
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Vanessa Martin, Keith Watson Wade, Vernita Harris, Larry Green
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Isabel David, Danny David
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Holly Alvis, Austin Alvis
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Fady Armanious, Bill Baldwin
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Divya Brown, Chris Brown
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Ceron, Phoebe Tudor, Todd Fiscus
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Brian Smith, Barbara Smith
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16,  Carlos Wheelock, Luvi Wheelock
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner, Kevin Kushner
Hermann Park Evening in the Park 5/16, Barry Hunsaker, Linda Hunsaker

The Hermann Park Conservancy al fresco "Evening in the Park" is a go no matter what the weather. So when last week's stormy skies threatened, guests came prepared — some with flip flops in their clutches, others actually wearing rain boots with their de rigueur spring frocks.

As conservancy board chair Danny David noted while welcoming guests to the party tent overlooking Hermann Park's McGovern Lake, "For keeping the rain at bay, we want to thank the chairs. You are the best."

That would be chairs Kristy and Chris Bradshaw and Kim and Dan Tutcher, who like many others carried umbrellas and wore summer whites, as is tradition for the annual fundraiser.

The party throng, numbering more than 540, helped the conservancy surpass its fundraising goal by bringing in more than $518,000. The party began with cocktails on the Molly Ann Smith Plaza, moved to the party tent for dinner by A Fare Extraordinaire and back to the plaza for a spectacular dessert buffet and dancing to the sounds of KlockWork — all without a drop of rain.

The evening honored Tommy Lott, whom David described as "one of our long-time supporters whose extraordinary vision and tireless work has helped make this park what it is today. Tommy is a Hermann Park hero of the first order." Lott made the lead gift for renovation of the historic clubhouse, which will henceforth carry the family name.

Among those celebrating the park that hosts 6 million visitors each year were conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller, Cherie and Jim Flores, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Kathrine McGovern, Heidi and Marcus Smith, Cece and Mack Fowler, Susie and Sanford Criner, Lindsey Brown and chef Chris Shepherd (taking a rare Thursday night off from Underbelly), Divya and Chris Brown, Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Abbi and Robert Antablin, and Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, who will chair the 2017 "Evening in the Park."

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