By Liz Petoniak
Photography: Catherine Palladino

Sunshine, cherry blossoms, and purple hydrangeas greeted 675 be-hatted guests for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s sold-out 17th Annual Spring Hat Luncheon at scenic Riverview Park. Co-chairs Debbie Demchak, Annie Hanna Engel, Charlene Petrelli, Kiya Tomlin, and Christy Wiegand donned fashion-forward millinery masterpieces, thanking fellow fashionable party-goers for their support. The Duquesne Club treated attendees to peach and pomegranate “Arnie Palmers,” chilled artichoke soup, lobster rolls on brioche, roast tenderloin with creamy horseradish, and grilled vegetables. A pigeon pea, corn, wild rice, and ricotta salata, topped with orange basil dressing, exemplified the fresh setting, and a gluten-free dark chocolate caramel torte ended the meal on a sweet note. The Parks Conservancy premiered a video on its environmental education program and announced that the festivities raised nearly $500,000 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s projects and programs. Says Scott Roller, senior manager of marketing and communications,“Pittsburgh has great green spaces, and it’s been a gratifying experience restoring them to their original glory and instilling city pride. We know the impact they have, and we’re happy to be the steward of these spaces.”

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  1. July 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Hi, my name is Leah R. Thomas owner of A Woman’s Touch Fashions located in Swissvale, PA. 15218. I love all the ladies in their hats at this past spring luncheon in May 2015. If it would not be any trouble, if possible would please let the ladies know if they are looking for a hat for next year spring luncheon I sell hat in my Swissvale store. Hats for every occasion. If you have any question I can be reached at 412-871-3675, email address: My website is up but on completely finished. Thank you.