15th annual Spring Hat Luncheon proves a dazzling garden party
Schenley Park looked like a glamour capital … a tented magnet and mecca for the beautiful and beautifully dressed at May 4's knockout PNC Spring Hat Luncheon. The sun shone, breezes wafted on wings of mimosas and melodies from a Pittsburgh Symphony string quartet and everyone, no matter how social or sophisticated, was rubbernecking.
Proving that life is better than the movies was the parade of 600 damsels (and a few good men) in killer hats, luscious suits and flirty garden party frocks. Even if you hadn't grown up in a ball cap, how could you keep your Manolos on?
Every detail was a high-wire act in dazzlement and delight, thanks to co-chairwomen Debbie Demchak, Gabriela Porges, Annie Hanna Engel and Jessica O'Brien. Now in its 15th year and having raised $530,000, it was another blooming success for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
The Duquesne Club stood and delivered a chilled menu that was as good as it gets, while floral designer Allison McGeary turned on the fireworks with fuchsia orchids and green anthurium atop black-and-white lattice cloths. How divine.
Let's name-drop: Parks Conservancy prexy Meg Cheever with mom Mary Duplain; PNC's Eva Blum; Judge Kim Clark; Nadine Bognar; Peggy McKnight; Kiya Tomlin; Dolly and Curt Ellenberg; David Bush and Tim McVay in matching seersucker suits; Dr. Ellen Roth; Catherine Loevner; Beverly Weinstein; Judy Linaburg; Helen Hanna Casey; Marsetta Schweiger; Virginia DiPucci; Carol Shriber and Chuck Snyder; Liza Christ; Evelyn James; County CEO Rich Fitzgerald with Cathy; and Tacy Byham.
Plus Pam Chapple; Jan Wagner; Joanne Beyer; Dr. Helene Finegold; Jill Brodbeck; Diane Unkovic; Melanie Crockard; Donna and John Peterman; Nancy and Joe DiFiore; Roseanne Wholey; Emily Mack Jamison; Federica Dallavecchia; Christy Wiegand; Mary McKinney; Signe Warner Watson; Sam Badger; Jennifer Honig; Charlene Petrelli and Marva Harris.
Given the long winter that's just past, how wonderful to restore the soul with such a glorious day in the park.
— Jean Horne
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