May 12, 2011

The Hat Luncheon in Central Park

On Wednesday, May 4th, I attended the 29th annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon held in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park in New York City.  You may recall my previous blogs about this important event.  Frederick Law Olmsted is, of course, the famous American landscape designer and the father of American landscape architecture.  He designed many renowned urban parks, including the very magnificent Central Park.  This luncheon, fondly called The Hat Luncheon, is hosted by The Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and is always so much fun.  Although hats are optional, very few bare heads are seen in the crowd.  You see many glamorous hats and many humorous ones, as well.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and it was rainy and cold and there were many wool suits and umbrellas.  However, more than 1,200 supporters were in attendance and more than 3.2 million dollars was raised to support the Conservancy’s work in maintaining and preserving Central Park.  The benefit committee has completely underwritten the event so that 100 percent of the ticket purchases went toward the operation of the Park.  I hope you enjoy seeing some of those hats.

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