Thursday, May 02, 2002

They say it never rains on the Frederick Law Olsmsted Awards Luncheon, held at the magnificent Central Park Conservancy....and it seems God smiled on the 1140 women in attendance this time as well. The 20th annual luncheon, which raised approximately 2 million dollars, according to Anne Hagan, Public Relations Manager of the Conservancy, took place on one of the few absolutely gorgeous, spring like days of the year. In addition to being a fundraiser, this anticipated event has also become a fashion show of major proportions, and "a milliner's paradise with stylish hats taking center stage" according to Ms. Hagan. Lets face it, fashionable New Yorkers don't generally wear over the top, fantastic hats (other than perhaps, on Easter Sunday), prompting many to refer to this luncheon as New York's answer to Ascot. In addition to designer suits in black, white, navy, and shades of pink...and spring coats decorated with flowers (perfect with the beautiful floral landscaping), almost every woman chose to wear some kind of hat...often large brimmed, covered with flowers or fanciful feathers. In light of all the unrelentless bad news these days, it is hard to imagine a more escapist, joyful way to spend a few hours...and all for a good cause (don't all of us New Yorkers love our park even more these days?)

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