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Hats Off! Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's annual Spring Hat Luncheon

| Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

“I found a flower and came up with this in about an hour,” said Judy Woffington as she showed off a springy green-and-yellow derby hat. “But, I'm going to start thinking about next year now.”

Contemplating future ensembles was a common theme among the gorgeous parade of guys and gals strolling into Highland Park for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's annual Spring Hat Luncheon on May 3. That wasn't to say, however, that the current scene was lacking in legendary toppers.

“With that beehive on her head, Kiya Tomlin is the most interesting person in the world,” said emcee Sally Wiggin. Created by milliner Gina Mazzotta, the final product was the result of a few months worth of experimenting. “I've never done a beehive before. Imagine that,” she mused.

Elsewhere, Joe King managed to create a birdcage — complete with a nest full of eggs resting on his shoulder — in the blink of an eye. “It probably took me only about an hour,” he said, while Jill Weimer took a cue from Kate Middleton with a fascinator that she began searching for in October.

The concerted effort put into the flawless execution of this event was amazing — the gorgeous orchid centerpieces from Allison McGeary Florist, impeccable service from The Duquesne Club, and hustle of Pittsburgh Valet ensured the afternoon went off without a hitch.

On the list were co-chairs Debbie Demchak, Annie Hanna Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Kiya Tomlin, and Christy Wiegand; vice-chairs Vivian Benter, Christina Cochran, Federica Dallavecchia, Laura Dawson, Cindy Gerber, Emily Mack Jamison, Mary McKinney, Signe Warner Watson, and Latasha Wilson-Batch; PPC prexy Meg Cheever, Donna Peterman, and Mayor Bill Peduto with fellow politicos Corey O'Connor and Dan Gilman.

The sold-out event raised $500K.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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