Warmer weather signals springtime and the 11th Annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon, which will be held at the Kingwood Country Club on Thursday, April 6, at 11 a.m. and will benefit the 22-time National Champion Kingwood Fillies dance team.
Attendees are encouraged to wear festive hats, which will be judged by a panel of celebrity hat judges, including The Tribune’s Cherrie LeDoux. Categories for this year’s contest include “Most Beautiful,” “Most Humorous,” “Most Outrageous” and “Best Theme.” Hat judging will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Event co-chair Joan Clinton said, “This event is near and dear to [co-chair] Annette Wood’s heart. She moved to Kingwood from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and brought a desire to benefit the arts with her. The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon has proudly benefited several different local, nonprofit, arts-based organizations over the last 10 years.”
Clinton said entertainment for the estimated 250 guests at this year’s luncheon will include, in addition to the hat contest, a runway fashion show presenting spring and summer designs by Worth’s W line, an amazing performance by the Kingwood Fillies, and silent and live auctions.
“To make this annual fundraising event as successful as possible, we rely on generous individuals and businesses that donate gift certificates, merchandise and services to the auctions. In the past, the silent auction has included many fun baskets for kids, adults and even pets. Kids baskets have included ice cream and pizza outings, arts and crafts, beach and pool toys, dress-up costumes, movies, and parties. Adult baskets have included gift certificates for spa pampering, restaurants, outdoor entertainment, wine and cheese, cocktails, date nights, golfing, tennis, and jewelry. The live auction usually includes three or four great experiences like weekend getaways, vacations, private chef dinners, and sports packages,” said Clinton.
Clinton said they are still looking for donations for the auctions. “The Kingwood Fillies are asking the community for their support for this event. Donations are tax deductible; contributing individuals and businesses will be acknowledged at the luncheon and the Kingwood Fillies will gladly pick up your donation. If someone would like to make a donation they can contact me at 281-361-6766,” said Clinton.
The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon is a community-wide event and anyone who is interested in attending can call Wood at 281-360-9734 or Clinton to reserve a seat. Tickets are $35 for regular seating and $50 for preferred (tables closest to the stage).