This spring’s annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Fashion Show” enjoyed a raucous theme of “Alice’s 30th Un-Birthday Party” to mark the 30th anniversary of the event thrown by the host organization, the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association.

Benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association and its Youth Education Program, patrons and sponsors wandered the ballroom of the Hilton Riverside, enjoying Lewis Carroll’s characters and setting brought to life in costume, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Alice, the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar.

The patron party was held the previous evening at the Lakeshore home of Gerri and Murray Valene, with edibles provided by the New Orleans Hilton.

Guests enjoyed a generous raffle featuring high-end handbags and various Saints players’ paraphernalia, as well as a silent auction and a hat auction.

Lunch directly followed the annual fashion show from Saks Fifth Avenue, presenting the newest styles and trends for men and women for spring and summer 2014. Guests were also invited to enter the hat costume contest, judged by local celebrities and renowned artists. Titles awarded included Most Whimsical, Most Beautiful, Best Ensemble, Festive Fascinator and more.


What:  “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association
When: Tuesday, March 11
Where: New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel