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Join us on Friday, May 3, 2024, to celebrate the 23rd annual Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin, fondly known as Hat Day! Under the leadership of our 2024 Hat Day Chair, Debra Hadley, this annual spring soiree promises an elegant afternoon celebrating the art of nature, while raising critical funds to support the Conservatory’s educational mission.

The annual Hat Day luncheon is one of Columbus’ premier social traditions of the year, and the Conservatory’s signature spring fundraising event. More than 550 guests gather under a grand marquee in the beautiful gardens, adorned in their chapeaux, to enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship and philanthropy.

We will also celebrate the remarkable contributions of Bill Gerhardt as our 2024 Ann Isaly Wolfe Award honoree.

Thanks to strong community support, Hat Day is sold out, but we are accepting waitlist requests. To add your name to our waitlist, please email Jessica Fagan at [email protected] with your requested number of seats. We will contact you if seats become available!

Proceeds from Hat Day benefit the Conservatory’s youth education and outreach programs, which annually serve thousands of children of all ages and backgrounds. These initiatives build lifelong connections to the natural world with opportunities for learning, discovery, and hands-on exploration.

Your Hat Day generosity supports programs like these:

  • FPC STEM Classroom brings Conservatory educators to Columbus City Schools’ summer enrichment program, delivering standards-based, interactive lessons to keep students on track with learning year-round.

  • The Head Start Discovery Program serves 500 3-5 year-olds in 9 Head Start locations across Columbus, engaging young learners with age-appropriate STEM lessons, planting the seeds for a love of learning.

  • Daily drop-in programs and activities in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden engage families with hands-on experiences in science and nature, promoting active learning for all ages.

Bill Gerhardt, 2024 Ann Isaly Wolfe Award Winner We are delighted to honor Bill with this year’s Ann Isaly Wolfe Award for his dedication to Franklin Park Conservatory. This annual award recognizes an individual for enduring service, leadership and support that have enabled the Conservatory to take its place among the leading cultural institutions in Columbus. Please join us in congratulating Bill on his extraordinary contributions!

To make a tribute gift in honor of Bill’s service to the Conservatory and our community, click the link below. Bill will be notified personally that he has inspired you.

 Make a Gift

Debra Hadley, 2024 Hat Day Chair Hats off to Debra Hadley! Debra’s longtime leadership and volunteerism at the Conservatory include membership as a Sustaining Women’s Board member, Monarch Society member, and past Chair of the Women’s Board Field to Table fundraiser. Debra’s passion, style and class are sure to make this another memorable Hat Day!

To make a tribute gift in honor of Debra’s leadership of Hat Day this year, click the link below. We will personally notify Debra of your thoughtful gesture.

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2024 Event Details 11:00am
Cocktail Party on the Wolfe Terrace

Luncheon under the Grand Marquee

Presentation of the Ann Isaly Wolfe Award
Honoring Bill Gerhardt

Runway Experience
Designs inspired by the art of Dale Chihuly
2024 Fleurs & Couture Floral Designers Eulogio B. Baldonaza, CFD, AIFD, freelance floral designer

Bear Roots Floral

Creative Muse

Expressions Floral Design Studio

HOKU Floral Studio & Event Design

lēf floral & botanical

Oberer’s Flowers

Prema Designs

Studio Artiflora

Vessel Floral & Event Design

2024 Hat Day Sponsors

Hat Day 2016 Gold Sponsors Advanced Drainage Systems
Cardinal Health
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
First Financial Bank
Charleen Hinson & The Hinson Family
JPMorgan Chase
Katie Wolfe Lloyd
Cathy M. Lyttle
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
White Castle System, Inc. (2)
Ann Isaly Wolfe
Wolfe Associates Fund
Women’s Board Friends of Franklin Park Conservatory (2)
Hat Day 2015 Silver Sponsors Heidi Anderson
Bank of America
Mary W. Crall
The Dunn Family
Experience Columbus
Pam Farber & Aly Kelly
“Favorite Day in May”
Michael J. and Karen G. Fiorile
Fisher, Hutchinson & Kass
DeeDee & Herb Glimcher
Georgia Ruch Gocken
Grange Insurance
Kate Jenks, Molly Hughes, Jill O’Donnell & Whitney Lucks (2)
King Business Interiors, Inc.
Karen Levin
Lux Laser
Mount Carmel Foundation
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Danielle & George Skestos
Teads, Jessica Jenzen
Women’s Board Friends of Franklin Park Conservatory
Hat Day 2015 Benefactor Sponsors Catherine Callard
Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation
GreenScapes Landscape Architects & Contractors
Grange Insurance Audubon Center
The Scout Guide Columbus
WesBanco Bank, Inc.

2023 Hat Day