Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon
Many thanks to the nearly 1,200 people who joined us for the 2016 Hat Luncheon! Save the date for the 2017 Hat Luncheon on Thursday, June 8.
This annual event is the single largest fundraiser supporting the work of Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park. Approximately 1,100 attendees join us at the iconic World's Fair Pavilion every year to don their fanciest fascinators and chicest chapeaus where they enjoy a cocktail hour, seated luncheon and the much-anticipated Stifel Hat Contest. Winners are announced in several categories.
The Hat Luncheon is presented by the Women's Committee of Forest Park Forever.
In September 1990, 200 women met at the home of Mary and Leon Strauss to hear Elizabeth Barlow Rogers discuss the restoration of Central Park in New York and to hear about plans for restoring Forest Park. The spark was ignited; the listeners inspired. The result was the formation of The Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever -one of our most enduring groups - dedicated to engaging the community to raise funds to support the maintenance and restoration of Forest Park.
Each year, the Women’s Committee helps to plan and execute one of the most popular St. Louis society events: Forest Park Forever's Hat Luncheon. This is an extraordinary opportunity for Women’s Committee members and guests to celebrate many years of memories in one of St. Louis’ most iconic places — the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park!
Women who want to be more engaged can also serve on one or more subcommittees, which are:
RAFFLE: Help suggest and solicit raffle items for the Hat Luncheon.
HAT CONTEST: The Hat Contest is the entertainment centerpiece of the Hat Luncheon. Help decide 2017 contest categories. Recommend hat contest judges and any other elements to weave into the hat contest.
EVENT STYLE & THEME: Work with Forest Park Forever to determine color and style ideas
(linens, centerpieces, etc.).
INVITATION MAILING: Assist Forest Park Forever in the stuffing, sealing and stamping of luncheon invitations. Please note, information regarding these dates will be sent by email.
All who wish to support Forest Park Forever's work and mission by helping to ensure the success of our Hat Luncheon are welcome to join.