Friday, March 2, 2018

Mad Hatter’s Tea: A Garden By The Sea

Mad Hatter’s Tea A Garden By The Sea
Celebrating its 30th Year benefiting the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and A Woman’s Garden

Thursday, April 12, 2018

11:30 Program and Fashion Show in Rosine Hall. Judges present awards. Live auction.
12:30 p.m. Seated luncheon in the elegantly tented Outdoor Plaza.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Honorary Chair: Dr. Linda Burk (Mrs. John Gilmore)

Venise Stuart, Chair
Sandy Secor, Co-Chair

Melissa A. Lewis, President, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum

Celebrating its 30th year, this fabulous and fun party has been an ongoing fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Monies raised grow and maintain A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

Over 450 guests, some from as far away as California, plan their trips to Dallas not only to take part in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – many in wild and wonderful over-the-top hats - but to view the glorious springtime azalea displays and flowers that grace the Dallas Arboretum.

Event includes champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, followed by a seated luncheon under elegantly draped tents. Hats are judged in different categories.

Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.

Fashion Show Sponsor: TOOTSIES
Fashion show produced by Jan Strimple

Hat Categories:
1. All That Jazz - Best Group (4 or more).  Men may participate in this one very special category with or without women in the group.
 2. To the Nines: People's Choice: The Best of the Best as voted by the attendees.
3. Elegance of Earlier Days: Most Sophisticated: Grace, Elegance and Whimsy.
4. Gilded Age: True to Theme: Everything from the era of the Astors, Vanderbilts, Gettys.
5. Grace and Folly: Most Creative: Shells and Pearls, Stepping Out.
6. Peacocks on Parade: Best Botanical: Hats adorned with beautiful flowers.

Emcee: Jocelyn White
Individual tickets:  Individual Patron tickets begin at $350. 

Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are available. Contact Sharon Ballew, First Vice-President – Fundraising, at or 214-282-1595.

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