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Black Tie International:
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party



Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 2012

The Art of Nature

Presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers


Event Title:   The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  “The Art of Nature”


Presenting Sponsor: Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers


Benefiting:   Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s

                   A Woman’s Garden


When:          Thursday, April 12, 2012
11:00 AM – Champagne reception. Model display.
Specialty Drinks: Rocco Milano of Private Social.
Entertainment: Hunter Sullivan.
This is the best time for media photo opps.

12:00 noon: Inside Rosine Hall. Hat Judges present the awards and fashion show.

Seated luncheon in the tented Outdoor Plaza.

Where:           Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
                   Garland Road
                   Dallas, TX


Who:            Carmaleta Whiteley and Barbara Daseke, Chairmen

                   Nancy C. Rogers, Honorary Chairman
                   Sharon Ballew, President, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden                             

What:           Celebrating its 24th 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 600 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 arboretum during the Dallas Blooms Festival.

          Event includes champagne reception in Ginsburg Plaza, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by Jan Strimple, followed by a seated luncheon. Hats are judged in different categories. Winners are announced at the fashion show and strut the runway.


Fashion Show:  Produced by the imitable Jan Strimple, the show features fashions from:


Forty Five Ten: The name of the store and its McKinney Avenue address. It has become Dallas' premier boutique destination with an international reputation of offering the "best of the best.”  A European-influenced emporium, complete with a tearoom, beloved for its exquisitely selected clothing, accessories and beauty products.


Cicada: Emphasizing classical styles complemented by a distinctly contemporary sensibility, exceptional materials, and painstaking construction, Cicada Collection is dedicated to a highly edited personal style. Its ever-evolving, multi-label selection encompasses a group of over 20 small independent labels from all over the world.


Betty Reiter: The 18-year-old namesake boutique is nestled in Preston Center East and boasts a bright red door that marks the spot for clients all over the country. Her merchandise includes an exclusive variety of European lines including Krizia from Italy, Annette Gortz, and Basler out of Germany, and Yeohlee, a crisp and masterfully constructed line out of New York. She also carries handbags, evening bags, and fine costume jewelry (including a large selection of clip earrings). Her love of texture and fabrication along with her eye for design and unique silhouettes are evident in her always-changing inventory


V.O.D is a low-key, upscale boutique located in Victory Park. V.O.D. specializes in small, special designer labels from around the globe, and clothing and accessories come from New York, Paris, London and beyond. Most labels are exclusive, so you're sure to find pieces here you won't see anywhere else.



Hat Judges as of February 15, 2012:


Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher Diamonds

Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Lita Asscher is President of Royal Asscher® of America and heiress to the World famous Asscher diamond dynasty. Her ancestors were responsible for such eminent achievements as the creation of the original 1902 Asscher Cut diamond, and the cutting of the largest diamond ever found, the 3105 carat Cullinan diamond for Great Britain’s Crown Jewels. Royal Asscher® is jeweler to the crown of many nations; the company has a legendary European heritage and an exclusive clientele of international royalty and celebrities.

Brenda Bogart, artist, is blessed with an abundance of creativity as well as the talent and know-how to express it in many ways. She spent a number of years in interior design and was also the owner of an enormously popular children’s clothing business. In 2006 she picked up her paintbrush and began painting in earnest, exploring a range of themes in oil on canvas.

Kenneth Craighead and partner, Steve Green, opened the gallery, Craighead Green Gallery,  in 1992 in the Uptown Dallas Arts District. They relocated the Gallery to Dragon Street in the Design District. Craighead Green is recognized as one of the finest contemporary art galleries throughout Texas and the Southwest, representing over 40 artists of all mediums

Patricia Meadows, President of Art Connections, Dallas, TX.

Curator, Consultant, Juror, Speaker, Advocate for Contemporary Art and Artists.

Gail Sachson, MFA, has been a cheerleader for the arts in the area, ever since 1978 when she founded ASK ME ABOUT ART, an educational service offering lectures, programs , writings and consultation. Sachson serves on a myriad of arts related and educational Board of Directors, teaches "50 Reasons to Love Dallas" through  SMU/CAPE , blogs for KERA's ART & Seek and  is  a  Dallas Commissioner of Cultural Affairs  and a member of the Dallas Public Art Committee

Jeremy Strick: Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since March 2009, Jeremy Strick oversees collections, exhibitions, and operations at the 2.4 acre facility located in the heart of downtown Dallas’ Arts District. Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, formed largely by the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher.  Previously, Strick served nearly ten years as Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).


Prop Models Designers: Todd Fiscus, Avant Garden;
Steve Kemble, America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru;
Shane Walker, Shane Walker Design.


Hat categories are:

Gents Top Hats: Diamonds in the Rough

Most True to Theme: Organically Chic                           

Botanical: Nature’s Bounty

Most Whimsical: Florals’ Follies                          

Most Elegant: Nature’s Glamorous Jewels

Best of Show: Horticulturally Hip                                                              

Most Outlandish:  Mother Nature’s Humor  


Beneficiary:  Since its inception in 1982, the Women’s Council has supported the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden overall and through the creation, development and on-going funding of the world renowned A Woman’s Garden and now, through funding the garden’s enhancements that will continue to draw visitors to our great city from all over the world. 


Tickets: Underwriting opportunities and naming sponsorships are available. Individual ticket levels begin at $150. Underwriting level begins at $250. Visit the website to purchase tickets:

Honor your favorite Mad Hatter
by listing their name in the Mad Hatter's Program Book for only $50.


More information: For photos from past Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties and more information, visit the website at  or email chairman, Carmaleta Whiteley, at


Logo Design: Lynn Townsend Dealey


Graphic Design: Orange Spot Pink Nose


From 2011 MHT:

Logo by Lynn Townsend Dealey


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