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Hats on for The Vizcayans’ annual Preservation Luncheon on Feb. 26

Hats on for The Vizcayans’ annual Preservation Luncheon on Feb. 26

Hats on for The Vizcayans’ annual Preservation Luncheon on Feb. 26

Stylish hats and elegant attire will be in fashion for The Vizcayans’ annual Preservation Luncheon.

The Vizcayans will host their fifth annual Preservation Luncheon, fondly referred to as the “Hat Luncheon,” at the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The al-fresco luncheon will be blossoming with stylish hats and elegant attire galore, reminiscent of fashionable daytime soirees in the formal Italianate gardens, which were a tradition in Vizcaya’s early years at James Deering’s European-inspired home, opened in 1916. This year’s chair for the Preservation Luncheon is Lydia Touzet.

The afternoon will begin with a glorious cocktail reception on the Garden Mound where guests will be welcomed by enchanting string music as they sip on champagne and enjoy decadent hors d’oeuvres. Trumpets will then cue guests to proceed to a lavish dining experience in a beautifully decorated pavilion that includes an exquisite four-course lunch catered by Thierry’s Catering, Lanson champagne and wines by Chateau D’Esclans. Gift bags will be provided courtesy of Neiman Marcus Coral Gables.

“It’s very exciting to be part of the fifth annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon to celebrate the splendor of the gardens and to raise funds to protect, preserve and restore the treasured estate,” said Leslie Bowe, president of The Vizcayans “We hope to continue engaging our Preservation founders and partners as well as welcome new partners to this wonderful event.”

The Vizcayan’s Preservation Luncheon, inspired by the Central Park Conservancy’s “Hat luncheon” held each year in New York, was founded by Norma Quintero in 2009 during her term as president of the Vizcayans in an effort to raise money to protect the estate’s viewshed. All proceeds from this and all Vizcayans’ events currently benefit a comprehensive restoration plan for Vizcaya’s buildings, gardens and outdoor statuary. Individual tickets are $300 and tables of 10 are $3,000.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 305-856-4866, ext. 3, or send email to rsvp@vizcayans.org.