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Socialites and stars step out for Central Park’s ‘hat lunch’


On Wednesday, Manhattan’s top socialites and a slew of stars put on their fanciest fascinators for the Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee’s Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon – known as the “hat lunch” – which took raised $4.3 million for the park.

New York favorite Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” attended for the first time this year, along with author Ali Wentworth.

“Central Park is what gave me freedom and space when I moved to New York and was overwhelmed by the concrete jungle, time and darkness,” Hargitay told Page Six. . “I came here and got peace and rejuvenated. It is a place of so many memories. It is a sanctuary.

Harper Stephanopolous, Mariska Hargitay and Ali Wentworth
Mariska Hargitay was present with Ali Wentworth and her daughter Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos.
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Gillian Miniter
Socialite Gillian Miniter helped raise a ton of money for the park.
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Hargitay put on a beige hat with a bow and told us, “I borrowed it from a friend. I don’t have hats like this. I promise that next year I will come to represent.

Actress and comedian Wentworth tells us she and pal Hargitay often take walks in the park together.

“I walk six miles a day every day in Central Park. I couldn’t survive without him during COVID,” Wentworth told us.

She said of picking her flower fascinator: “I built my whole outfit around it…I tried on a lot of hats and [picked one]first of all, it stuck in my head, and I liked it.

Betsy Smith and former mayor Michael Bloomberg
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg still supports the event. He is shown here with Elizabeth Smith, President and CEO of Central Park Conservancy.
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Katie Couric
Katie Couric dazzled in her hat.
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Former mayor Michael Bloomberg was spotted mingling amid floral tables and shaking hands with attendees as they sipped Whispering Angel wine in towering beanies, feathered fascinators and wide-brimmed boaters.

Bloomberg has been a regular at the event for years – and is getting a lot of hype.

“The park is New York,” Bloomberg told us. “It’s one of the great things we have. This is what sets us apart from all the other places in the world. There is no better park. It’s open to everyone and everyone participates.

Judge Karen Mills-Francis
Judge Karen Mills-Francis and her friends show off their looks.
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Di Mondo and Serena Miniter
Di Mondo and Serena Miniter seem ready for spring.
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Hat lunch in Central Park
Feathers, feathers everywhere.
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Also doing the round. Yesim Philip and Jenny Price.

Lunch has been held for 41 years.

Central Park Conservancy CEO Elizabeth W. Smith told us, “From time to time we think we need to freshen up the idea, but it’s actually such a wonderful party and people are having such a great time. marvellous. It’s not broken. Everyone likes to dress up.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.