This annual Hat Ladies Luncheon is held in support of The Undergarment Society, a nonprofit Organization that provides women escaping domestic violence, homelessness, and other obstacles basic, but often overlooked necessities:  New bras and underwear.  In so doing, they encourage Ladies to host parties where attendees bring bras and packaged underwear in all sizes.  These items are then donated to Lowcountry organizations that help women and teenage girls start anew.

Our tradition is to hold our party at The Glass Onion.  It is a perfect fit, since their menu includes foods typical of New Orleans.  Moreover, they generously help us collect such items for a few weeks afterwards.


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This year's Hat-pin-ing is a true statement that "quality vs quantity" is what matters.  "Thanks" to the still lingering concerns about COVID and some "Irresolvable conflicts" in scheduling for others who love coming but couldn't, our numbers were smaller than usual.  But the response to those who came more than compensated:

"It was a very nice event - the ladies keep making stronger bonds, definitely today. All very very good for us."

 "Thank you for the fun and fashionable Mardi Gras lunch today. I enjoy meeting new hat sisters and seeing ones Iíve met before. This is such a wonderful group you formed. It was a neat

 gesture to have each give the history of their first name.

 Thanks to the kindness of The Glass Onion, the "collection bin" stays up for another two weeks for Hat Ladies and diners to contribute.

Jayne, Carolyn, Susie, Elinor, Ginsey, Monica, Archie (Corinne not yet pictured)


There she is:  Corinne


Jayne (our photographer)

Ginsey unmasked



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A terrific donation from a small but mighty generous group of Ladies...ready to be supplemented by those who couldn't deliver them this day. 

(Those ARE a number of BLACK bras in the middle' shoulda/coulda displayed them better for photo)

Thanks to COVID and a number of hatsisters coincidentally having doctors' appointments at the time of this year's gathering (including GETTING their COVID shots), we had a smaller turnout than previously.  But we always make up for quantity with the quality of those who COULD come.  Best of all, our collection of Undergarments continues 'til the end of February, with donations from The Hat Ladies supplemented by donations from other patrons of The Glass Onion.


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Darling Deana

Cute Cathie

Enchanting Elinor

Intriguing Ida

Perky Pam

Joyful Jayne

Awesome Archie

Who needs a actual float??

Cathie, Ida, Jayne, Pam, Deana, Elinor, Archie

As one Hatsister wrote:  "A needed fun event.  Thank you."

And another: 

"Thank you for the opportunity to put on our big girl panties and party with our brassiere-ly delightful hat sisters. What a treat it was to grab our girdles and slip out for a bit. We got to Spanx COVID on itís crinolined bum as we garter-ed our enthusiasm at seeing stocking clad sisters. The day was in no way underwear-ming and draws fine memories of a deed well done. Iím sure all of our corsets were bursting and our bustiers busting from another tightly executed fÍte. Enough of my silliness, cheers to you for pulling off another pandemic party!"


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