HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS

Le Brunch Des Chapeaux Luncheon Benefits Autism Community Network

By Terran Luke Duhon Photography by Greg Harrison

Accessories are just as important as any other part of our everyday wear. For one San Antonio non-profit organization, their special accessory, hats, are widening the brim of one emotional disorder to achieve their goal of defeating autism. The Le Brunch Des Chapeaux, nicked named The Hat Luncheon, recently held its 10th anniversary luncheon on the historic lawn of the Argyle Club. Over 300 guests, all wearing fabulous hats, were treated to both a lunch and a special fashion show by Julian Gold. Since its inception the organization has raised over $100,000 that goes to assist local San Antonio programs for young people in the community.

Chaired by Marybeth Mosbacker, Carol Oliver and Kenda Willoughby, this year’s luncheon benefitted the Autism Community Network. Established in 2008, the Autism Community Network was created to provide services for all people with autism. Their services range from early intervention to parental training and focus on helping not only men and women affected by autism, but people that have family members with autism as well. It is their mission through the Le Brunch Des Chapeaux to maximize the potential of children with autism by increasing autism awareness and services for families throughout the San Antonio area with an emphasis on collaboration with other service providers, early diagnosis, and providing services to underserved young children and their families.

Two keynote speakers who work directly with young people in our community, Heather Craig from Cambridge Elementary and Kari Butts from Alamo Heights High School shared their insights as teachers proving the work that this organization is doing for people with autism is inspiring. The women attending the Le Brunch Des Chapeaux luncheon made a bold statement, not only with their hats of assorted colors and styles, but also a public statement stating they are fully committed to helping individuals faced with living with the disorder, while also trying to put an end to it for future generations. And sometimes, the best accessory of all is a helping hand…as well as a gorgeous hat.

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