Hats off for huge fund-raising success

A contrast in styles.
A group of head-covered guests at June 23 tea.

Hats off for great HH&H

The Hats, Handbags & History event held by the Friends at the museum on June 23 resulted in $1,972 raised, board members announced on July 3.

The Friends will use the funds to support several ongoing projects, including support of the museum’s plant library and its preservation of stage costumes from Las Vegas cabaret shows.

The event, chaired by Sarah Hulme, filled the museum’s events room with people wearing hats who enjoyed afternoon tea and listened to a lecture on the evolution of these fashion accessories by guest curator Karan Feder, who also staged for the occasion an exhibit of accessories from the museum’s collections.

A committee of stylists selected six attendees with gorgeous hats as finalists. The prize for best hat went to Karen McDonal, whose 1930s vintage hat is a family keepsake. Some men in the crowd got into the hat spirit by wearing a fez, fedora, golf cap or skull cap.

In addition, the Friends held a silent auction of purses, both designer and gently used. Hand-assembled purse “charms” were sold, as well as note cards produced by the Friends featuring showgirl costumes or Nevada’s native plants. Numerous raffle baskets also generated income at the event.

We thank all who contributed to this event by donating, staging, serving, attending, bidding and purchasing.

Event volunteer Debbi Halfhill.
Karan Feder, at right, with her team.