28th Annual Mad Hatters Luncheon

The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association will present the 28th annual Mad Hatter’s Luncheon at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.

Come join Alice, The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and the Rabbit – all from Alice in Wonderland – at this year’s luncheon themed “Alice.” The characters will be filled by Penny Baumer, Dr. Victor Chisesi Louana DeMatteo, Andre de la Barre, and for the first time this year Alice, will have a petite replica filled by Sarah Buckley, the daughter of Diane Buckley.

A fashion show of The Saint John Collection will be presented by SAKS Fifth Avenue. There will also be a celebrity hat judging contest with Mrs. Tom (Gayle) Benson, Margarita Bergen, Carolyn Elder, Rene Fransen, Angela Hill, George Schmidt, and Jude Swenson as the judges.

Additionally, there will be a celebrity hat auction, a silent auction, and a raffle with a chance to win a $1,000 Saks Gift Card plus a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC; Three night week-end stay at the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Times Square and American Airline (2) tickets. Tickets $25 each 5/$100 and can be purchased from Laura Cowser at 985-445-5208.

The decorations will tie into the theme and include lush garden scenery. Traditional floral arrangements will be foregone as table centerpieces, and various teapots, which will be available for $30, will be used instead.

The Mad Hatters Luncheon is one of the two major fundraisers produced by the Women’s Guild to benefit the New Orleans Opera Association. Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa is honored to be chairing this year’s event, and hopes to have a record number of attendees.

“The New Orleans Opera Association is an essential component of the New Orleans cultural arts community, and events like this luncheon make it possible for the association to continue to grow and develop its vast programming, both on the main stage and in the community,” said Lonatro-Tusa. “The Women’s Guild is proud to continue to support such an amazing organization.”

Patron tickets are $85 per person or $850 per table of 10 for the patron party on Sunday, March 25, at the home of James A. Mounger. General admission tickets are $75 per person. Runway Patron Tables at $1,000 per table are already sold-out. Please call Cindi Mistrot at 504-416-8890 to purchase your tickets, or buy online. Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Orleans Opera Association.

For more information, visit our website or contact Kathleen Robert by calling 504-782-9919 or at MadHattersLuncheon@gmail.com .