Thursday, May 12, is the date of the Friends of the Parks’ Annual Hat Luncheon. This annual event raises funds to help the historic parks of Fort Wayne’s nationally recognized George Kessler Park and Boulevard System. This year’s event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners and will be held in beautiful Foster Park. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The cost is $50.00. Proceeds will go toward a Cultural Landscape Report for Foster Park.
Named for Colonel David Foster, founder of the Board of Park Commissioners and generous patron of the park system, Foster Park remains an outstanding example of the quality of the Fort Wayne’s Parks. The Friends are excited to be able to contribute to the planning process by helping to fund a Cultural Landscape Report.
The focus of the event is fun and education – everyone wears a hat! And there are prizes for the clever hats that people come up with.
The education component is also important. The speaker for this occasion is Tupper Thomas, Executive Director of Prospect Park Alliance. Ms. Thomas is administrator of Prospect Park, the 560-acre flagship park of Brooklyn, and President of the Prospect Park Alliance. She is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Park, its multimillion-dollar restoration, special events, public information, fundraising, and services for park visitors. The Prospect Park Alliance was formed in 1987 to revive, enrich, restore, and preserve Prospect Park in partnership with the City of New York. Currently, Tupper is the co-chair of a new organization to advocate for parks, the City Parks Alliance.
Invitations have been sent out, however, if you would like to attend, please call Amy Beatty, Co-chair of the luncheon, at 456-2548 to receive one, or mail your check for $50.00 to Pam Schmidt, 2110 Forest Park Boulevard.
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