By: Jacqueline Miles
If you wanted to see or wear a fancy hat, Sunday was the place to strut your stuff. Ladies, and gents, arrived with Hattitude to show off their apparel and enjoy an afternoon of pleasure and gourmet cooking. Catered by Chef Fred Norris and Staff, guests enjoyed a feast of roast beef, baked lemon chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy and fruit desert.
No hat show would be complete unless there is a “hattitude parade.” This year, the host of the hat show was G & J, who debuted their custom made hats and accessories. Dr. Williams and the Dudes with Hattitudes strutted their stuff featuring Men in Hats.
Entertainment featured Steppin’ with Attitude and Hattitude with Gail Johnson, owner/Dance Instructor of Studio 61 Dance Konnection, Pensacola and Ronald Donnell “Mr. Swagger” Hatton, Chicago Steppin’ Instructor, Jacksonville, Florida.
Bobby Rose wooed the crowd with his beautiful saxophone tunes.
Marking their 15th Annual Scholarship/hat show, eight scholarships of five hundred dollars were given to; Abri’ McDaniel, who graduated from West Florida High School of Advanced Technology. She will be attending Troy University with a major in Biomedical Science. Her parents are Donald and Twana McDaniel; Tyrone McKay, a graduate of Booker T Washington High school. Tyrone will be attending the University of Tampa where he will major in Biochemistry. Donna McKay is the proud mother; Saraiah Morgan, who is a graduate of Escambia High School, will be attending the University of West Florida where she will major in Nursing. Her proud mother, Christa Nared wishes her well; Jordyne Gaston, a graduate of J. M. Tate High school will major in Forensic Science, is attending the University of West Florida. J.O and Gloria Gaston are the delighted parents; DeJa Jones, a graduate of West Florida High School of Advance Technology will major in Sports Medicine at the College of Central Florida, Ocala, Fl. Douglas Jones is the proud father; Eluana Wright, a Booker T Washington graduate will be attending Grambling State University in Grambling, La. She will major in Forensic Science. Her ecstatic parents are Ronald and Etter Wright; Marranda Thomas, a Booker T Washington High School graduate will attend University of West Florida, Pensacola. She will major in Psychology. Marcus & Edna Thomas are her thrilled parents; Taylor Wilkerson, who graduated from Booker T Washington High School will attend Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Rev. Tauro & Tara Jenkins are her elated parents.
After a spectacular show, hat show judges concluded that Cynthia Crow earned the Hattitude award, Vira Hopson, the First Lady Hat award, Jerome Moorer, the Sophisticated Gent award and Janet Bondurant, the Diva Hat award.
Officers and members or the National Coalition of 100 Black women include Phyllis Carter, Bessie Gaillard, Mamie Webb Hixon, Ora Lee, Elizabeth Marshall, Modeste McCorvey, Kerstin Fleming, Pharm.D., Cortney Hawkins, Latasha Jones, Tehlma McCloud, Tracey B Marshall, Lola Presley Ophelia Ray. Officers: Joyce Hopson, Ph.D., President, Kasha Brown,1st Vice President, Frances McCarty-Blair, 2nd Vice President, Barbara Holloway, 3rd Vice President, Eva Walker, Corresponding Secretary, Earlene Williams-Dunklin, Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Marshall, Treasurer, Emma Jean Dees, Financial Secretary, Betty Lee, Chaplain, Minnie Byrd, Historian, Linda Robinson, Parliamentarian.
Photo Credit: Alonzo McNeal, Owner of Picture Perfect.