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Message from the Chair

Ann Mudge

Thanks to our amazing Sponsors, Planning Committee, Kosair Charities, and Volunteers for making our 2017 Hats for Hope event the smoothest I can recall.  That has been 14 years which seems like only yesterday.  Sponsorships totaled $22,500, efforts to solicit hats and auction items plus getting the packages created for the auction were superior; and set-up, tear-down and hat boxing for the event were timely and flawless.  Thanks to Maxine Stoehr, we had a lot of new volunteers.  Check-In and Check-Out were pulled off with grace and professionalism.  Thanks to Rafferty’s for donating lunch for volunteers who helped set-up the event.  The Triple Crown Plaza provided us with a delicious buffet; the Middletown Dairy Queen donated mini Blizzards, and Heitzman Bakery & Deli donated desserts for our guests.  More hats than ever were sold, and since there was some time before Derby, Kathy Toebbe pulled off an additional auction at Yum! Brands the next week and sold more hats.  

After the Ribbon Cutting by our HFH Honorees, Jeanne Solsberry welcomed our guests to our Celebration of Hope table that recognizes the Honorees.  The table was beautiful with our new sign donated by Signarama, floral donated by Lloyd’s florist, and the large black and white canvasses donated by Jeff Volpert.  Shelly Davis’s Pink Carpet Photo booth was bombarded with guests wanting their photos taken as a memento from the event.  Xtreme Transportation once again delivered guests to and from the event from the parking across the street, and our adorable MCs, Ron & Mel, made us look good again.

The 2017 KY Derby Queen and Princesses were our hat models, adding so much fun and excitement to the event.  Thanks also to Shannon Atkinson who accompanied them very early in the morning to be on WDRB.  The Queen and Princesses were outfitted by Talbots at the Forum with some of their spring fashions.  Thanks also to “Louisville Magazine” and “Today’s Woman” for their major marketing contributions.  Our new Marketing Chair, Jessica Hines, took this role and blew it up.

“Congratulations” to our power couple, Teddy and Bob Andriot, for receiving our 2017 Hats for Hope Hero Award.  Teddy and Bob have been with us since day one and have contributed hundreds of hours and dollars to the event.

We had volunteers at local hotels around our city the day after Derby to collect Derby hats from those who chose not to travel with them.  There were over 100 hats collected which is a new start to replenish our inventory for next year’s event.  

Our net proceeds (after expenses) for our 2017 HFH event is $42,300.  Thank you to anyone who made a contribution to this amount, no matter how large or small.  We are so grateful to have Kosair Charities as a partner and look forward to next year’s event which is April 12, 2018 at the same venue, Triple Crown Plaza; 1776 Plantside Drive; Louisville, KY.

If you would like to become a volunteer for our 2018 event, please go to “Contact Us” on our website for details.  Our greatest need is to sell more tickets to our event, so please help us get the word out for next year.  Our website is, and our Facebook page is Hats for Hope Silent Auction.  We look forward to seeing you next year.

Ann Mudge

Hats for Hope Chair