Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee Raises $4.3 Million at Annual “Hat Lunch” Fundraiser

Manhattan’s elite socialites and celebrities put on their fanciest hats for the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee annual fundraiser, known as the “hat lunch,” which raised over $4 million for the park. The event has been held for 41 years and is a highly anticipated gathering among New York’s high society.

Mariska Hargitay and Ali Wentworth Attend “Hat Lunch” for the First Time

Actress Mariska Hargitay, best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” attended the “hat lunch” for the first time this year with author Ali Wentworth. Hargitay spoke to Page Six about the importance of Central Park in her life, stating that it gave her “freedom and space” when she first moved to New York. She donned a beige hat with a bow, borrowed from a friend, and promised to represent next year with her own hat. Wentworth, a regular park-goer, built her entire outfit around her flower fascinator.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg Attends and Supports Central Park

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also in attendance, mingling with guests and promoting the park. Bloomberg has been a regular at the event for years and believes that Central Park is what differentiates New York from other places in the world. He stated, “There is no such thing as a better park. It’s open to everybody and everybody participates.”

CEO of Central Park Conservancy Praises Event

CEO of the Central Park Conservancy Elizabeth W. Smith expressed her excitement for the success of the event, stating that it is not necessary to change the format because “everyone loves to get dressed up” and attend. The “hat lunch” remains a beloved tradition among New York’s elite, and the funds raised at the event go towards the upkeep and preservation of Central Park.


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