Fifth annual 'Hats Off' luncheon to be first event held in new Cincinnati Riverfront Park

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – The Women's Committee of Cincinnati Riverfront park will hold its Fifth Annual 'Hats Off' luncheon, "We're Making History," Thursday, May 26, 2011 at The Jacob G. Schmidlapp Stage and Event Lawn at Cincinnati Riverfront Park. This annual event will be the first to be held at the new Cincinnati Riverfront Park.

A champagne reception will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a gourmet luncheon and presentation at 12:15 p.m. Event emcee, Willie F. Carden, Jr. – Director of Cincinnati Parks – will welcome Tom Murphy, the luncheon's keynote speaker. Tom represents the Urban Land Institute and was also the former Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA.

As in years past, attendees, both men and women, are encouraged to wear their favorite hats to celebrate this historic event on the riverfront. Tickets are $100 (Gardener); $250 (Special Friend); $500 (Patron); or $1000 (Benefactor).

To commemorate the opening of the Cincinnati Riverfront Park, a limited edition of a specially designed silk scarf by artist Debbie Strasser will be available for purchase. The scarf celebrates the addition of Cincinnati Riverfront Park to the city's nationally acclaimed parks system.

During the luncheon event, the fourth annual Phyllis Smale Award – honoring creative vision related to civic improvement – will be presented to Anne M. Zaring. Mrs. Smale, for whom the award is named, was always a passionate advocate for beauty and gardens within the City of Cincinnati. This award recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership contributions, exemplary service and creative vision in many areas related to horticulture.

The Women's Committee of Cincinnati Riverfront Park continues to provide meaningful financial and public support to the Cincinnati Riverfront Park. To date, the Women's Committee has raised over $860,000 for Cincinnati Riverfront Park.

For more information on tickets, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cincinnati Parks Foundation Development Associate, Alicia Krall, at (513) 357-2616. More information is also available at