The hats come out for Vizcaya’s Preservation Luncheon

The opening reception of the 10th annual Vizcaya Preservation fundraiser.
The opening reception of the 10th annual Vizcaya Preservation fundraiser.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was a kaleidoscope of colors this month as some of Miami’s most charitable and fashion-forward socialites sported the latest spring designs at the 10th annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon. Informally known as the Hat Luncheon, the iconic fundraising affair welcomed more than 300 guests from South Florida to New York, with Emmy Award-winning reporter Laurie Jennings serving as mistress of ceremonies.

Presented by Nordstrom, the luncheon earns its notable nickname due to guests’ fashionable hats, ranging from the classic to the avant-garde. Hats added a touch of flair and whimsy to the fundraiser, which addresses the important issue of historic preservation.

Guests were welcomed into the Courtyard of the Main House for a cocktail reception, where they enjoyed classical sets by the talented students of the Frost School of Music and browsed the latest pieces by Jimmy Quiroga Designs. Following the reception, guests were ushered into the East Terrace for an elegant seated luncheon featuring prosecco from Dall’Armellina Vineyards. This year’s hat-contest style leaders included Amanda Church for Most Elegant Ensemble, Daisy Casuso for Best Hat and Gigi Whitman for Most Avant-Garde.

For more about the luncheon, visit For more on Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, click here. All photographs by World Red Eye.

Alexa Wolman Elysze Held
Alexa Wolman and Elysze Held.
Alex Ruiz Dina Joseph Ariel Penzer Milgroom Laura Miller Dani de Cespades Kelly Saks
Alex Ruiz, Dina Joseph, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Laura Miller, Dani de Cespades and Kelly Saks.
Allie Katz Lizzy Levine Teal Weaver
Allie Katz, Lizzy Levine and Teal Weaver.
Daisy Casuso Gigi Whitman Amanda Church
Daisy Casuso, Gigi Whitman and Amanda Church won awards for their hats at the annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon fundraiser.
Laurie Jennings Swanee DiMare
Emcee Laurie Jennings and Swanee DiMare.
Marysol Patton & Hadley Henriette
Marysol Patton and Hadley Henriette.

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