Monday, August 29, 2016

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 17th annual Spring Hat Luncheon

It was a picture perfect day for a sold out event at Riverview Park, for the 17th annual Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy spring hat luncheon, which raised over $500,000 toward park improvements. The luncheon, traditionally held on Derby Day, took place Saturday May 2.


Mimosas and champagne were served as the 675 patrons mutually admired exquisite hats, from Roseanne Wholey's beautiful blush organza hat to Debbie Norell's lovely soft pink fascinator.
Meg Cheever, President and CEO Of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, graciously greeted guests as they arrived along with Scott Roller, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications.
In preparation for the event, lawn crews kept the grass trimmed for 15 days and placed mulch throughout the park working diligently under the direction of Bob Lacky. (The Parks Conservancy is looking for volunteers to plant the 9,000 flowers which will be delivered to the Park On Tuesday May 12.)
Guests included Natalie Bencivenga, always elegant in a stunning red dress paired with a hat from Eons and Peggy Harris, who once again, did not disappoint, pairing an Alexander McQueen dress with a hand dyed bright red hat.
Centerpieces of orchids, and green succcculents by Allison McGeary Florist, gave a true garden feeling to the event, held in a large canopied grass area of the park. Trees were available for adoption to benefit the Parks Conservancy along with the sale of the centerpieces.
The luncheon, catered by the Duquesne Club, included chilled artichoke soup, and lobster rolls. The finishing touch, adorable hat shaped dark chocolate carmel torte and the Duquesne Club's signature macroons.
This years Committee CO-Chairs, Debbie Demchak, Annie Hanna Engel, Charlene Pettrelli, Kiya Tomlin, and Christy Wiegand, did a fabulous job in coordinating the event.
The Park Conservancy was founded in 1996 by a concerned group of citizens, who set out to counteract the deteriorating condition of Pittsburgh’s city parks. To date the Parks Conservancy has raised nearly $84 million.
To donate please or volunteer, visit PittsburghParks.Org

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