May 8, 2015

The Central Park Conservancy "Hat Luncheon"

It was “hats on” for lunch at New York City’s Central Park!

Wednesday was the 33rd annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy. This year, more than 1200 attendees filled the park’s Conservatory Garden for what is popularly known as the “Hat Luncheon” - a festive affair where guests don their most unique and colorful chapeaus.

As you may know, Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape designer and widely considered the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted was made famous for co-designing many well-known urban areas including Central Park. This yearly gathering is among the Conservancy’s most important philanthropic events supporting its mission to preserve, maintain and enhance New York’s iconic public green space.

This “Hat Luncheon” raised more than 3.5 million dollars and was fully underwritten by the Benefit Committee, making it possible for 100-percent of the ticket sales to go towards park funds. I always enjoy attending this luncheon, and try to fit it into my calendar every spring. Here are some fun photos from the event…