Terrific Toppers

Ninth Annual Le Brunch des Chapeaux Supports Autism Awareness 

By Jennifer Pucci Starr
Photography by Gregory Harrison

The chic chapeau, once a staple in both fashion and etiquette, today is reserved for royal weddings and derby races. Unless it is the ninth annual Le Brunch des Chapeaux, a fundraiser held at historic San Antonio club, The Argyle, which brings San Antonio’s most philanthropic ladies adorned in the most beautiful bonnets out in support of the Autism Community Network.

With nary a seat to spare, event chair Jennifer McLiney welcomed guests and introduced the unique group of speakers; three compassionate youngsters, who each have an autistic brother. Fanny Gunn, daughter of honorary chair Shannon Gunn, spoke first. Her twin brother Lennon has autism and her stories of his humor, love and courage were met with both laughter and tears from a touched audience. The others who spoke were Josie Nash and Noah Willoughby.

With the threat of rain, this year’s event was held under a fabulous tent. However, the clouds parted just in time, and tent or no tent, the event was as enchanting as ever. Following a delicious brunch of The Argyle’s signature chicken and tuna salad, all eyes were directed to the center runway, where Julian Gold gave a show of summer-inspired fashions, and yes, it included hats, hats and more hats. These women who attended do so much for so many and looking beautiful came naturally on a luncheon day like this.


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