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As invited guests found their way down the famous steps of the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Saturday, a beautiful voice announced each guest as if they were at an event at Buckingham Palace.
Guests then had a formal photo taken by none other than the mother of the Rose Queen. So in actuality, guests were meeting Royalty, the Queen Mum of Pasadena to be precise!
Methodist Hospital Foundation and the Club 300 Committee held its annual Kentucky Derby Saturday in which party goers had the opportunity to bet on some famous races of years gone by. Now we’re not pointing any fingers, but we believe we saw some people accessing the web via their Blackberry to confirm the winner just prior to placing their “bet”.
It was all in good fun and no one minded, in fact someone even suggested “googling” the particular race.
The popular “Parade of Hats” took center stage toward the end of the evening and other festive opportunities, prizes were also awarded.
Derby Attire was not required but was encouraged; from the fantastic to the sublime, there were no rules or limits and the men decided to follow that to the tee. Some wore Top Hats, some in safari attire and others in just plain caps.
Ladies were asked to don fabulous hats which are the staple of the outfit – generally wide-brimmed, Southern Belle inspired decorated with silk flowers, bows and ribbons! There was no shortage of these, each with its own individual story.
One of the more unique and rather large hats was worn by Mary Hansen who seemed to thouroughly enjoy the parade of hats. Sandy Butler and Noemi R. Biely also wore spectacular hats and they also brought along their respective better halves.
The Club 300 event held at the Santa Anita Race Track was up there next to the Kentucky Derby and Royal Ascot when it comes to colorful and wonderfully eccentric hats. The choice of best hat is an event exclusively linked with the race tracks throughout history, particularly in the UK – The best hat choice is actually a fashion event which differs from Ladies` Day, which was held at the Santa Anita Race Track. The difference is that the club does not choose the Lady of the Track, but the most attractive hat.
The Methodist Hospital Foundation develops resources to support Methodist Hospital in providing high quality health care to the community.
The resources that are developed toward caring for new life, education and supporting the caregivers, ensuring a healthier future through wellness programs, nurturing and treating those who are ill, and, with dignity, caring for those who are dying.
The Foundation believes that through philanthropic support of Methodist Hospital, the quality of life for those the foundation serves, their families, and their loved ones will be enhanced.
Club 300 is a program designed to engage younger community members, typically under the age of 55. This club is an annual giving group that supports the Emergency Department and is under Partners in Health at Methodist Hospital.
Club 300 offers a unique opportunity to make new friends and network with individuals who share a strong sense of community and philanthropic ideals while making a difference to an important health resource – continued advanced care at Methodist Hospital.
Club 300 programs and activities are designed to address the challenges that younger adults encounter, but membership is not exclusive to age.
The event chairwoman – Robyn Tapert, along with Committee Members – Ashley Andrews, Carolyn Crowley, Evelyn Greathouse, Adrienne Haines, Susie Lu, Greg Mallis, Sherri Wedeen, Mary Winners ensured that this year’s event was a rousing success.