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Houston’s Most Stunning Moms Turn River Oaks Country Club Into Hat Heaven

Hats Off to a Bayou City Tradition That's Coming to a Close

BY // 03.07.19
photography Jenny Antill Clifton

The River Oaks Country Club ballroom was awash in a pastel palette of frothy chapeaux as the swans gathered for the final “Hats Off to Mothers” fundraiser benefiting Easter Seals Greater Houston.

Though it was something of a bittersweet au revoir to the popular midday fête, emcee Deborah Duncan kept the ladies and gents laughing. And there was the heartfelt interlude when Will Rollins, a veteran served by Easter Seals, talked about how his service dog, Andy, has changed his life and then he had the honor of presenting Bill Callahan, Easter Seals’ newest veteran, his new service dog, Dauber.

The 20th annual Hats Off to Mothers luncheon, chaired by Jana Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy and Melissa Juneau, raised $170,000 for Easter Seals programs that include veterans, children and adults with disabilities.

Taking bows as honored mothers making significant contributions to their families and the Houston community were Kristy Bradshaw, Divya Brown, Valerie Palmquist Dieterich, Gayla Gardner, Susan Arnoldy Hansen, Linda Hunsaker, Kim Moody, Christie Sullivan, and Laura S. Ward.

Adding an extra note to the day was the spring fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus.

PC Seen: Chris Brown, Rania Mankarious, Dave Ward, Heidi Smith, Isabel David, Barbara Van Postman, Virginia Steppe, Alissa Maples, DeeDee Marsh, Bethany McCann, Tracy Dieterich, Laurie Krohn, Stephanie Fleck, Amanda Boffone, and Caitlin Bolte.

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