Dallas Arboretum Luncheon Celebrates 30 Years Of Mad Hatter’s Tea
By Cynthia Smoot Photography by Thomas Garza
THE SCENE: Close to 500 fashionable ladies (and a few gents) gathered to celebrate the 30th Annual Mad Hatter’s Tea and its theme, A Garden By The Sea. The red carpet was rolled out in Ginsburg Plaza at the Dallas Arboretum for the stylish set to strut their whimsical attire. The judges, taking copious notes, announced the winners in six categories after the fashion show.
THE VIBE: Inside Rosine Hall, emcee Jocelyn White introduced Women’s Council President, Melissa Lewis, who welcomed the crowd and shared a bit of history about A Woman’s Garden, the beneficiary of the event’s proceeds. After a fashion presentation, fashion show awards were handed out to Kathy Cothrum for True to Theme, Julia Kanaan for Elegance of Earlier Days, Carmaleta Felton for Best Botanical, Debbie McKeever’s group for Best Botanical (Group), Kunthear Mam Douglas for People’s Choice, and Carmen Hancock for Most Creative.
THE CAUSE: The gathering was chaired by Venise Stuart, with Sandy Secor serving as vice-chair. Since its inception in 1982, the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has supported the Dallas Arboretum. The council is a group of over 500 women who support A Woman’s Garden, the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the universal spirit of women.