Monday, April 19, 2010

The 22nd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Benefiting the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The most fun, elaborate and creative hats will adorn ladies’ heads at the 22nd Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Thursday, April 22 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The Divas and Dahlias event chaired by Sharon Ballew will begin with a champagne reception, silent auction, entertainment and hat judging. One of last year’s winners, D’Andra Simmons is the Honorary Chairman.

The judges faced with the difficulty of selecting the winners in five categories are: Shirin Askari – Designer, Project Runway, Sarah Eveans – Associate Editor D Magazine and
Steve Kemble – America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru.

The hat categories are:
Kudos from Carolina - Most Creative
Raves from Ralph - Best Vintage/Elegant
She Fell Off Her Choos - Most Whimsical/Outlandish
St. John’s Dazzling Dahlias - Best use of Dahlias/Botanical
Divine Diva - Best of Show

Guests will also be treated to a fashion presentation produced by Jan Strimple. Gorgeous fashions from Carolina Herrera, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and St. John of Highland Park Village will be featured.

In addition, the winners of the Chance tickets will be drawn. If you would like tickets, you will want to purchase it before the Luncheon as they will not be sold at the event. The fabulous chance ticket items are:
- $2,000 Highland Park Village gift certificate that can be used at all stores. Donated by Highland Park Village
- Jimmy Choo fine leather designer handbag in Napa Yellow, fringed with studded stars. Donated by Jimmy Choo. Value: $1,295
- Exclusive Chef’s table for eight at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Donated by Lone Star Park. Value $665
$1000 Carolina Herrera (HPV) gift certificate. Donated by Carolina Herrera
- Designer, one of a kind Aquamarine cut glass & fresh water pearl necklace by Love It. Donated by Love It. Value $585

This chic ladies’ event is the signature fundraiser of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens presided by Kathy Cothrum. For the past twenty years, the major goal of the Women's Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of a garden at The Dallas Arboretum. A Woman's Garden is now a reality. Phase I opened in September 1997 and Phase II in March 2006.

Individual tickets are $150, $250, $500 and $1,000. Sponsorships are $20,000 to $2,500. For questions or to attend the event, please contact Sharon Ballew at 214-282-1595.

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