Women's Committee

What is the Forest Park Forever Women’s Committee?

The Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever was formed in 1990 – one of our most enduring groups – dedicated to engaging the community to raise funds in support of the maintenance and restoration of Forest Park. Since its founding, the Women’s Committee has raised more than $7 million, primarily through one of the most well-known and eagerly anticipated events in our community – the Forest Park Forever's Hat Luncheon!

As Forest Park Forever continues to evolve, so does the role of the Women’s Committee. Starting this year, we want to engage the Women’s Committee throughout the entire year and expand the Committee’s role beyond the Hat Luncheon. Scroll down for more information about ways to be involved and opportunities for service on the Committee.

Great! How Can I Join?

All who wish to support Forest Park Forever's work and mission by helping to ensure the success of the Women’s Committee are welcome to join. In order to join the Women's Committee, you must also be a member of Forest Park Forever.

Why Are We Asking You to Become a Forest Park Forever Member?

Your financial donation to be a member of Forest Park Forever helps Forest Park throughout the year, from planting flowers and pruning trees to clearing paths and continuing to provide high-quality experience for Park visitors.


To learn more about the Forest Park Forever membership benefits please click here.

Serve on a Committee

Women who want to be more engaged can also serve on one or more subcommittees.

Engagement Committee Committee Lead: TBD

  • Strategize, plan and execute ways to engage the full committee through different opportunities all year, i.e. networking events, social events, volunteer projects.

Hat Luncheon Hat Contest Committee Committee Lead: TBD

  • Recommend hat contest judges, categories, and any other elements to weave into the hat contest (presentation, prizes, etc.). 

Hat Luncheon Auction/Raffle Committee Committee Lead: Beth Ann Reichmann

  • Help in the ideation and solicitation of auction/raffle items for the Hat Luncheon.

Recruitment Committee Committee Lead: TBD

  • Help recruit new Women’s Committee members who will support Forest Park Forever and actively participate in activities. 

Not Able to Serve on a Committee?

  • Be a Hat Luncheon Guest Guide

    Guest Guides float throughout the crowd to help guests have an amazing experience!

  • Help with Hat Luncheon Special Projects

    Such as guest gift packaging, centerpiece arrangement or similar projects.

  • Host a Member Recruitment Event

  • Attend a Member Engagement Event


Engagement and Recruitment Committees

Alexi Etges, Director of Development


Hat Luncheon Committees

Liz Deken, Events Manager


Membership Levels & Benefits

$60 — Park Friend/$50 — Senior Friend

  • Invitation to our annual member appreciation event

  • Forest Park Forever Newsletter

  • Discounted I Love Forest Park 5K registration fee

  • Forest Park Forever Member window cling

$100 — Keeper of the Park

  • All of the above PLUS:

  • 25% off an annual locker room membership at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center 

  • Coupon book for discounts at the following Park attractions: Bixby's Restaurant, The Boathouse, Forest Park picnic pavilion rental, Forest Perk Café & Gift Shop, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri History Museum, The Muny, Norman K. Probstein Golf Courses, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, and Steinberg Skating Rink.

$100 — Young Friend (learn more)

  • All of the above PLUS the following exclusive Young Friend benefits:

  • Free admission to all Young Friends Happy Hours

  • A Forest Park Forever Young Friends koozie

$180 — Park Naturalist

  • All of the above PLUS:

  • Reusable Stainless Straw Set

$300 — Park Trustee

  • All of the above PLUS:

  • Forest Park Forever Socks 

$500 — Park Guardian

  • All of the above PLUS:

  • Forest Park Forever Ceramic Travel Mug

$1,000 and Up — Leffingwell Society 
Learn more about all Leffingwell member levels and join the Leffingwell Society

  • Benefits of all lower member levels PLUS:

  • Invitations to Leffingwell Members-Only events

  • One free 18-hole play with cart at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Courses in Forest Park

  • Discount on rental of the Trolley Room in the Visitor Center

  • Quarterly Leffingwell Letters

  • Advance reservations at the Boathouse (pending availability and one-week notice)