Patrons gathered in The Pavilion of the Two Sisters for the annual Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon on April 27, which benefits the care of City Park’s historic urban forest and the community programs supported by the New Orleans Town Gardeners. Dr. Tlaloc Selway Alférez served as the 2022 Honorary Chair.

This year’s spring-themed, floral-filled event featured Enrique Alférez-inspired decor. An original plaster relief by Enrique Alférez, “Soccer Players,” was a prized live auction artwork.

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The event, hosted by Jay Batt and Bryan Batt, featured entertainment by Harry Hardin Quartet, catering by New Orleans City Park Catering and Maurice’s French Pastries.

Prior to the luncheon, guests enjoyed a cocktail gathering in the New Orleans Botanical Garden, where they experienced the works of Enrique Alférez with support from the Helis Foundation.

Karen Coaxum, Carmen Duncan, Boo Kallenborn and Chenier Taylor served as the 2022 Event Co-Chairs. Barbara Bush and Bev Church served as 2022 Patron Chairmen. First Horizon Bank presided as presenting sponsor. 

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Jay Batt, Bev Church, Barbara Bush, Bryan Batt 

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Harriet Nelson, Poco Sloss, Susan Gomila 

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Chenier Taylor, Karen Coaxum, Boo Kallenborn, Carmen Duncan 

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

 Karen Knaak Wood, David Kerstein, Charlotte Bollinger

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Megan Eustis, Cleland Powell, Claudia Powell 

Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon

Ruthie Frierson, Blanche Dee McCloske