The Hats are Back




By Judy Carmack Bross


The sold-out Service Club Hat Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton recently welcomed 400 guests in full chapeau, raising a record amount of revenue for grant recipients in the social service, cultural, educational and civic fields across Chicago.  Fanciful embellishments were over the top and themes ranged from a salute to the Ukrainian people to an homage to Chicago’s supreme millinery artist Bes Ben.

Marina Marks, in her award-winning salute of the Ukraine, and Kathy Piccone

Hat winner Cheryl Coleman with Myra Reilly

Guest Speaker Jessica Ann Pushor, Costume and Collections Manager at the Chicago History Museum, highlighted hat history from 19th century France to Chicago millinery milestones.

Yvette Cusack and Service Club President Jean Antoniou

Paul Much and Sherrill Bodine

Lezley Hodes and Kathy Wolter Mondelli

Co-Chairs Pat Maxwell, Stacie McClane and Sherry Lea Holston

Jean Antoniou serves as the President of the all-volunteer women’s organization, founded in 1890, and Sherry Lea Holston, Pat Maxwell and Stacie McClane returned to chair the event. Rob Johnson served as guest emcee.

Co-chair  Sherry Lee Holston

Elizabeth Bertucci and designer Al Menotti

April Schwartz, Sheree Schimmer and Candace Jordan

Hat Judges Heather Farley Ingram, Kathleen Haines-Finley and Greg Hyder

Hat Judges Greg Hyder, Kathleen Haines-Finley and Heather Farley Ingram presented special awards for outstanding chapeaus.

Susanna Homan and Melissa Babcock

Fortunee Massuda and Marit Bohbot of Buccellati


A special hat dessert topped off the day.

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