The 27th Annual Hat Luncheon

Presented by the Women's Committee of Forest Park Forever and co-chairs Vanessa F. Cooksey & Carolyn G. Farrell

Forest Park Forever welcomed more than 1,100 Park supporters to the World's Fair Pavilion for its annual Hat Luncheon on Thursday, June 8. This always popular event is the single largest annual fundraiser for Forest Park, supporting the important work our nonprofit conservancy does to restore, maintain and sustain the Park along with the City of St. Louis.

Guests donned their fanciest fascinators and chicest chapeaus in anticipation of winning terrific prizes for their creative and stylish millinery, all while supporting Forest Park. Between ticket sales, sponsorships and a raffle, the event raised more than $450,000 to support critical maintenance of Forest Park.

Many thanks to event emcee Carol Daniel and co-chairs Vanessa F. Cooksey and Carolyn G. Farrell


Hat Contest

Congratulations to our Stifel Hat Contest winners!

  • Best Table Theme: St. Stanislaus Church
  • Dapper Dudes: Graham Farrell, Reuben Reuel & Chris Gordon
  • Fascinator: Susan Gillham, Mia Malcolm & Diedre Gray
  • Romantic: Lisa Buchhold, Renee Bennett & Ulrike Schlafly
  • Vintage: Cheryl Redohl, Donna Doerhoff & Diana Drisko
  • Whimsical: Anaceta Steffen, Megan Rasche & Susan Lyons
  • People’s Choice: Norma Taaffe (chosen by audience applause)

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we receive at the annual Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon. It’s inspiring to see so many people gather at the World’s Fair Pavilion in recognition of what an important civic treasure Forest Park is for our community. Thanks to our co-chairs, Women’s Committee members, sponsors and fashion-forward attendees, the Hat Luncheon is always a day to remember.
— Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth P.E.

Thank you, 2017 Hat Luncheon sponsors!

Park Partners

  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Missouri Historical Society
  • Saint Louis Science Center
  • The Muny


  • Afroworld Hair and Fashion Company
  • Cheree Berry Paper
  • Contemporary Productions
  • Major Brands, Inc.
  • Meyer Printing Co.
  • St. Louis City Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Media Sponsors

  • KMOX
  • St. Louis American
  • St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles


  • Edward Jones
  • Emerson
  • Judy Jones
  • Stifel - Hat Contest Sponsor
  • Wells Fargo Advisors


  • Crawford Taylor Foundation
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Monsanto


  • Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center - Guest Gift Sponsor
  • Express Scripts
  • Steve & Linda Finerty
  • World Wide Technology, Inc.


  • Ameren
  • BJC Healthcare
  • BSI Constructors, Inc.
  • Commerce Bank
  • Graybar
  • Paul A. Higgins
  • Nancy & Ken Kranzberg
  • The Northern Trust Company
  • Purina
  • Saint Louis University
  • Barbara B. Taylor


  • Arcturis
  • Asset Consulting Group
  • AT&T
  • BKD, LLP
  • Maria Briggs
  • Daniel & Henry Co.
  • Drury Hotels
  • Carolyn & Kevin Farrell
  • FleishmanHillard
  • Marilyn Fox
  • Michael & Diedre Gray
  • Lesley & Jay Hoffarth
  • Hogan Transportation Companies
  • Hudson and Associates, LLC
  • Patty & Gary Krosch
  • Joy Liss
  • Mercy
  • PNC
  • Scape American Bistro
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Lynne & Jim Turley
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University

Save the Date!

The 2018 Hat Luncheon will take place on Thursday, June 7.