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Mad Hatter's Tea Party 2011

2009 hat contest winners

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 2011

A Wonderland of Fashion

presented by Mrs. Dee Wyly



Event Title:   The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  “A Wonderland of Fashion”


Presented by: Mrs. Dee Wyly


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



When:          Thursday, April 21, 2011
11:00 AMChampagne reception and Vintage Hat Display by Marilyn Hailey.
12:00 noon: Hat Judges present the awards (categories listed below) and fashion show. Inside Rosine Hall.

                        1:00 Seated luncheon in the Outdoor Plaza.

Where:           Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
                   Garland Road

                   Dallas, TX


Who:            Susan Walker, Chairman

                   Yvonne Crum, Honorary Chairman
                   Sharon Barbee, President, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden                                       

What:           Celebrating its 23rd 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 women, 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. (See attached release.)

          Event includes reception in Ginsburg Plaza with virtuoso harpist, Danielle Harmon, professionally staged and choreographed fashion presentation produced by Jan Strimple and lunch. Hats are judged in different categories. Winners are announced at the fashion show and take a walk on the runway.
Marilyn Hailey will display her vintage hat collection and sketches collected over the years with original hats and designs from Frank Olive, who designed hats for Neiman Marcus when she modeled for them.


Fashion Show:  Produced by the imitable Jan Strimple, the show features fashions from Tory Burch, Karen Millen, Tootsie's, Betty Reiter and Anne Fontaine.


Hat Judges:  Valerie Elizabeth (Society Stylist and founder of The Little Black Dress Experiment); Lisa Garza (Owner of Lisa Garza Taste – Events and Catering. TV/The Food Network);  
Daniel Lewis,(Owner of Green Peridot and on TV/Celebrity Stylist);  
LeeAnne Locken (Actress, Television Host, Producer. On TV/She’s Got the Look); 
David Nelson Wren, writer and raconteur.  


Hat categories are:  Most True to Theme: A Timeless Tory;
Most Botannical: Fontaine’s Floral Finery;
Most Whimsical: Tickle My Tootsies;
Most Elegant: Magnificent Millen-ary;
Best of Show: Dee-Lightful;
Most Outlandish: Reiter or Wrong


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.


Chance Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Chance tickets are NOT available at the event. Must be purchased ahead of time. You can purchase them online here:

Drawing will take place at the luncheon and winners do not have to be present to win.


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


About the judges: See attached bios.except for Daniel Lewis. His press kit is 10MB. Please let me know if you'd like to have it and we'll send. Or visit his web site: Green Peridot

Joyce Brooks

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