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Hat Day 2021

Franklin Park Conservatory’s 20th Les Chapeaux dans le Jardin will be a special anniversary celebration, planned under the leadership of chairs Ann Isaly Wolfe, a co- founder of Hat Day, and daughter, Katie Wolfe Lloyd.

The Hat Day luncheon is one of Columbus’ premier social traditions of the year, and one of the Conservatory’s most significant fundraising events. More than 550 guests gather under a grand marquee in the beautiful gardens, adorned in their favorite hats, to enjoy lunch with friends.

Funds raised benefit the Conservatory’s youth education and outreach programs, which each year provide more than 25,000 students, of all ages and backgrounds, with opportunities for learning, discovery, and hands-on exploration.

Ann Isaly Wolfe Award 2021 Honoree: Nancy Cardenas Nancy Cardenas has been a devoted advocate and friend to Franklin Park Conservatory for more than 15 years. A committed supporter through her own philanthropy, she’s also led efforts to expand the Conservatory’s community of donors. In 2014, she helped start the Monarch Society—a circle of patrons who provide a stable source of annual support, co- chairing the group for five years. In 2018, she chaired Hat Day, achieving one of its highest-netting years on record. An active member of the Women’s Board since 2004, she co-chaired the group’s former Antiques & Gardeners’ Fair in 2007, and led the Women’s Board as president in 2008.

Nancy’s genuine passion shines in her volunteerism with the Conservatory’s community outreach and education programs. She’s a dedicated volunteer in the Nature Therapy program, which engages adults with developmental disabilities with nature-based, therapeutic activities. She also volunteers with Green STEM, an after-school curriculum focused on plant science education, along the way building confidence and broadening horizons for underserved students.

Giving back to her community also includes involvement with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Nancy and her husband, John, have been married for 28 years and have two children, Alexandra and Clay.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Additional thanks to our Gold and Silver Sponsors

Gold Sponsors Abraham Law Offices
John & Nancy Cardenas
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
DGD Group, Inc. (2)
The Diamond Cellar
Pam Farber
Michael J. & Karen G. Fiorile
DeeDee Glimcher
Sheryl & Phil Heit
Alexis Jacobs
Katie’s Ladies
Katie Wolfe Lloyd
Whitney Lucks & Cassie Lucks
Cherie Lucks & Cindy Rasmussen
Cathy M. Lyttle
Mount Carmel Foundation
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Wardrobe Therapy
White Castle System, Inc. (2)
Ann Isaly Wolfe
Rita Wolfe
Silver Sponsors Anonymous
Byers Auto
Columbus Downtown Development Corp.
Mary Crall
Elliott Cooper/Woda Cooper Cos.
Fifth Third Bank
Charleen Hinson/Hinson Family
JPMorgan Chase
King Business Interiors, Inc.
Megan Liebert & Pam Liebert
Bobbi Lucas & Suzanne D. Lucas
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
PENZONE Salons + Spas
Rita Wolfe
Benefactor Sponsors Wardrobe Therapy

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