Mad Hatters Luncheon promises fun, food and fashion Don’t be late for the third annual Mad Hatters Luncheon Friday, March 6, at the Kingwood Country Club, 1700 Lake Kingwood Trail. This popular event will feature a hat contest, lunch, fashion show and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Centre Stage Theatrical School and Company in Kingwood. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with the hat contest and other festivities beginning soon after. “Hats are not required but I promise you’ll have more fun if you wear one,” said Annette Wood, chairwoman of the event. “Women who never thought they’d get into an event like ours are, right now, decorating their hats in preparation for the festivities. This really is an afternoon for everyone.” Wood says guests are invited to use their imagination to create unique hat designs to win in one of five categories: Most Beautiful, Most Humorous, Best Ensemble, Best Group and Mad Hatters Choice. Past winners include hats with fresh flowers, to a simple flowerpot with a daisy named “Pot Head.” Judges for the contest include Barry Dean and Rosie Chambers, of Centre Stage; Pat Guard of The Forest Image; Sparky Nolan, president of the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce; Tony Raffa, owner of Amedeo’s and Raffa’s restaurants; Pam Dickson, columnist for The Tribune Newspapers; Pam Gibbens, of the Houston Chronicle; and Jennifer Summer, of The Observer Newspapers. Following the contest, guests will be treated to a seated lunch and a fashion show featuring the W Spring Collection. Following the show, guests will have an opportunity to go backstage to try on and purchase any of the outfits modeled. Guests will also get a sneak peak at Centre Stage’s spring double bill, “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty” and “You There in the Back Row.” Tickets for the March 27-29 and April 3-5 performances will be available for purchase at the luncheon. A silent auction will be held throughout the event, and Wood says the auction will have something for everyone. “For sports fans, there are Rocket and Astro tickets, golf packages and riding lessons,” she said. Items also include spa and beauty packages, restaurant packages, home décor items and photography packages. Wood, founder of the event, made Kingwood her home after Hurricane Katrina. She chaired a similar event in New Orleans and says she thought Kingwood would benefit from the fundraiser. “This was a huge event in New Orleans every year. It became one of the city’s most popular happenings. At one time, we had about 800 women attending the luncheon. Now in our third year in Kingwood, we are becoming one of the area’s most popular, and definitely most fun, events,” she said. “Annette has been so gracious to our organization and we appreciate the community coming out to support our children,” said Dean. “Our school offers a unique learning experience for kids ages 5 to 18. Not only do we teach them how to maximize their talents and build their self-esteem, we also prepare them to perform in a professional, quality production. I’d like to invite everyone to come to our spring show and see for themselves what a wonderful, talented group of kids we have.” Tickets for the luncheon are $35 and $50 and can be purchased at Annette’s Rue Royal or by calling 281-360-9734.

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