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Hats Off To ....

May 6, 2009 - Phyllis Sigal
First ... Hats off to the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute for hosting such a fun event Tuesday ... "Spring Spirits at the Mansion."

The "ladies-only" event was moved inside because of the drizzly day, but what fun it was! Delicious food — I loved the heart-shaped buttered bread with radish slices and the white chocolate-covered raspberries — yummy Sangria (three different kinds!) and great conversation made for a wonderful evening. And of course, it was for a good cause — proceeds supported the Mansion and Glass Museums of Oglebay Institute.

One of the best parts, however, was checking out the great hats. Hats and gloves were encouraged.

There really should be some judging that goes on for the best hats, funniest hats, most creative hats, etc.!

One of my favorites was the little hat worn by Cynthia Paelez. It was a tiny little hat, perched on top of her dark hair, and was as whimsical as whimsical gets.

Beth Weaver donned a cowboy hat for the evening, which went nicely with her denim skirt and cowboy boots. (She kept her extra raffle tickets tucked up under her hat, which we weren't supposed to see!)

Samantha Buch dressed in the Cinco de Mayo theme with a colorful sombrero and a poncho.

Lea Ridenhour looked straight-out-of-the-'50s-adorable in her little straw hat, which matched her straw handbag.

Lisa Railing, fresh off the construction site at Ziegenfelder Co., wore a pink hardhat. So cute! And she really did wear it around the construction site when they were building their brand new, state-of-the-art twin freezers.

Maureen Zambito wore an authentic antique hat from Gimbels, one of Pittsburgh's premiere department stores. The "toque-style" beige hat is from the sixties, and is "beautifully made," Maureen said.

Barbara Ruben decorated her bright and festive hat herself with ostrich feathers.

Cousins Joan Stein and Dorothy Harman were pretty in their floral specimens.

Shirley Weaver wore an elaborate red-feathered hat.

A SECOND HATS OFF to Kathleen McDermott, who also came to the event sporting a lovely hat. Kathleen recently was named to The State Journal's "Generation Next: 40 Under 40" listing. The recognition annually is given to 40 West Virginians under the age of 40 who are playing leadership roles in their communities and making a difference across the state.

She was honored at a breakfast last month at the Stifel Center and also at a reception in Charleston.

Besides the amazing job she does at Oglebay Institute — (and, as a board member, I know. Just listening to her president's report at our board meetings summing up all she has accomplished makes us exhausted!) — she also is a member of Americans for the Arts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wheeling Landscape Commission, Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, TB Association of the Ohio Valley and the Rotary Club of Wheeling.

Kathleen is the eighth president of Oglebay Institute and the first woman to serve in the role.

Speaking for myself, and I'm sure for the board, we are all very proud of Kathleen's accomplishment and we are so lucky she is at the helm of the great organization.


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Mary Coffman, assistant director of the Museums at Oglebay, left, and Maureen Zambito, director of public relations at Wheeling Jesuit University


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