Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

20th Annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

20th Annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon

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The Place: Highland Park, Saturday afternoon

The Party: The sounds of the Rick Purcell Jazz ensemble filtered through 600 excited guests catching up under tents and comparing hats on the lawn near Highland Park's fountain circle. It was the 20th annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon with new conservancy CEO Jayne Miller (with her wife Diana Sepac). Mimosas and sunny skies greeted guests in stylish chapeaus. WTAE-TV's Sally Wiggin emceed the afternoon affair welcoming everyone. Ms. Miller introduced the vice chairs: Mary McKinney Flaherty, Emily Mack Jamison, Mollie Hanna Lang, Ramsey Lyons and Jimmi Sue Smith. She gifted them with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Hunter Wellington boots - just in case it rains next year. Founding event chair Ritchie Battle remembered her friend Nadine Bognar and thanked founding CEO Meg Cheever for two decades of leadership. "It's been a wonderful collaboration and notice it was all women who started the Parks Conservancy," said Ms. Battle. Dan Gilman, the mayor's chief of staff, said he looks forward to working with Ms. Miller. The Duquesne Club served lunch and everyone left with a pink umbrella from the EQT Foundation.

The People: Taking two private jets to fly up from Naples, Fla. were 17 hat luncheon lovers, including Mary Ann Bindley, Jane Berger, Meghan Gorman and Kathy Woods. Among the local ladies and gentlemen were Annie Cestra, Dan and Debby Booker, Richard Reed, Ellen Roth, Peggy McKnight, Jeanne Berdik, Heather Chronis Danek, Raj Tim McVay and David Bush in their turbans, Catherine Loevner, Joanne Welsh, Katie McSorley, Ann Slavish, Erin Timmerman, Laura Bunting, Rosie Welsh, Dawn Keezer, Sasha Heinz, Shruti Gupta, Kristin Wells with her daughter Chloe, Betsy Teti, Vera Purcell, Guy Costa, Dotti Bechtol, Melanie Crockard, Ginny Merchant, Jackie Dixon, Ann and Marty Davis, Maggie McDonald, Roseanne Wholey, Latasha Wilson Batch, Julia Gleason, Lois Mufuka, David and Lilla Hillman and Vivian Benter. …

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