One of the most anticipated events is the announcement of the Mad Hatter’s theme, logo, honorary chair and plans for this fantastic event. The big reveal was hosted by Anne Stodghill, a Mad Hatter’s co-chair, and her husband, Steve, at their lovely Preston Hollow home. Joining in the reveal was Kristina Wrenn, Mad Hatter’s co-chair and Event Logo and Collateral Designer; Kim Hext, newly announced as honorary chair and Sarah Jo Hardin, president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the beneficiary.
As committee members and supporters filled the room, they enjoyed theme specific, British passed hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks created by Food Glorious Food. Red, white and blue flower arrangements were accented with mini British flags and Anne created a British playlist for the evening. Anne, Kristina and Sarah Jo stepped up the staircase and welcomed the crowd, which included many former Mad Hatter’s chairs and past presidents. Anne welcomed everyone and gave the OK to raise the curtain on the theme Commemorating the 35th Annual Majestic Mad Hatter’s Luncheon - A Celebration of English Elegance. Applause filled the room as the logo was revealed: A stunning image of a ruby colored hat flanked with beautiful flowers, topped off with a golden crown and the MMH cypher, for Majestic Mad Hatter’s.
Celebrating its 35th year, this fabulous party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised assist with the development, growth and maintenance of A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum.
Guests travel from all over the United States, planning their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Luncheon – taking the theme as inspiration for their sophisticated, glamorous, and delightfully lavish hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.
Slated for Thursday, April 20, 2023, the morning will begin with a welcome reception, a stroll in the gardens and a silent auction while the hat judges take note of the elegant interpretations of this year’s theme. After being seated for lunch, the hat competition winners will be announced. A real treat will be the remarks by renowned
fashion designer, the entertaining Michael Faircloth, as he celebrates the history, humor and hope of the hat.
Sponsorships begin at $2,500. Patron Tickets start at $550, and a limited number of event tickets are available for $350. Check the website for details. www.wcdabg.org or Kristina Wrenn, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-715-0780 for more information.
About the Women’s Council: Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2022.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. www.wcdabg.org
About A Woman’s Garden: Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2022.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden is a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.
About Mad Hatter’s: Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2023.
In 1989, Carole Ann Brown chaired the first Mad Hatter's Tea to bring awareness to the Women's Council and the Dallas Arboretum. The tea was held in the Camp House garden for 100 ladies and raised $10,000. Over the years, Mad Hatter’s has been chaired by many notable Dallas ladies such as Linda Ivy, Barbara Bigham, Connie Carreker, Barbara Daseke and Patti Flowers. Honorary Chairs have included some of the most philanthropic names in Dallas history such as Annette Simmons, Gene Jones, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller, Sally Hoglund, Dee Wyly, Margaret Crow, Nancy Rogers, Amy Warren, Patty Dedman Nail, Sherwood Wagner and Laurie Sands Harrison.
Finally, it would not be a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party without the hats. The creativity at Mad Hatter’s over the years has been impressive. Ladies have been inspired to create millinery creations based on Royal Ascot, Run for the Roses, April in Paris, Steel Magnolias, Under the Tuscan Sun and even Garden by the Sea. We have seen the Golden Age of Hollywood, have come Out of Africa into the Garden and enjoyed a Wonderland of Fashion while having Tea with Alice. We look forward to seeing the beautiful hats at this year’s Majestic Mad Hatter’s –A Celebration of English Elegance.
*Photos by Tamytha Cameron.