Save the Date for the 29th Annual Hat Luncheon

 Forest Park Forever Proudly Announces Its 2019 Women’s Committee
and Hat Luncheon Co-Chairs


Forest Park Forever is thrilled to announce Zundra Bryant and Penny Pennington as the co-chairs of its 2019 Women’s Committee and 29th Annual Hat Luncheon.

Together, these two dynamic leaders will lead the work of the Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever, which includes hosting our popular Hat Luncheon, the single largest annual fundraiser for Forest Park. In 2018, more than 1,000 attendees enjoyed this iconic gathering, raising $450,000 to support our work sustaining the Park with the City of St. Louis. The 2019 Hat Luncheon will be held June 6, 2019, in Forest Park.

Thank You to Everyone That Attended the 2018 Hat Luncheon 

Forest Park Forever welcomed more than 1,100 Park supporters to the World's Fair Pavilion for its annual Hat Luncheon on Thursday, June 7. 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 Forest 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 the event emcee KMOV’s Courtney Bryantand co-chairs Sharon Price John and Leah Merrifield. 

2018 Stifel Hat Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 Stifel Hat Contest winners!

  • Best Table Theme: Pace Barone

  • Dapper Dudes: Marvin-Alonzo Greer, David Nischwitz, and Larry Davis

  • Fascinator: Courtney Brewster, Mia Malcolm, and Lee Haynes

  • Romantic: Sydney A. Cross, Galina Angheluta, and Brenda Suhan

  • Vintage: Laura Herring, Dorothy Raines, and Kathleen Stomps

  • Whimsical: Melissa Zensen, Julia Egelhoff, and Holly Liebig

  • Judges' Choice: Rhetta Leritz Tussey, Fran Zamler, and Elizabeth Robb


Thank You, 2018 Hat Luncheon Sponsors!

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.


  • Allegro Senior Living

  • Arcturis

  • BKD, LLP

  • Maria (Briggs) Anderson

  • Daniel & Henry Co.

  • Drury Hotels

  • Ernst & Young

  • FleishmanHillard

  • Sam & Marilyn Fox

  • Gabriel Group

  • Michael & Diedre Gray

  • Lesley & Jay Hoffarth

  • Hogan Transportation Companies

  • HOK

  • Hudson & Associates, LLC

  • KPMG

  • Gary & Patty Krosch

  • Joy & Jay Liss

  • Mercy

  • PNC

  • Saint Louis University

  • Scape

  • Spire

  • St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

  • Jim & Lynne Turley

Park Partners

  • Saint Louis Zoo

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

  • Missouri Historical Society

  • Saint Louis Science Center

  • The Muny


  • Afroworld Hair & Fashion Company

  • Cheree Berry Paper

  • Contemporary Productions

  • Major Brands, Inc.

  • St. Louis City Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry


  • Edward Jones

  • Emerson

  • Judy Jones

  • Stifel


  • Crawford Taylor Foundation

  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation

  • Monsanto

  • Wells Fargo Advisors


  • Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

  • Bank of America

  • Build-A-Bear

  • Express Scripts

  • World Wide Technology, Inc.


  • Ameren

  • BJC Healthcare

  • BSI Constructors

  • Centene

  • Commerce Bank

  • Steve & Linda Finerty

  • Graybar

  • Paul Higgins

  • Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

  • Purina

  • Barbara B. Taylor

  • Washington University