Wildest Hats Ever Rock a Storied Steakhouse and Make Derby Party a Dream

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BY // 05.14.17

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The Kentucky Derby might already be relegated to sports world history but the hats that blazed through The Palm for the 10th annual “Run for the Roses” viewing party will not soon be forgotten. This year proved to be exceptionally spectacular as the ladies and a few gents went all out for millinery splendor.

The grace and speed of Always Dreaming was merely an animated backdrop for the fantasmical ornamentation and mile-wide brims that starred on this afternoon far removed from Churchill Downs. Consider, for example, Nancy Marcus Golden, Azar Taleghany, and Claudia Sierra. In their fashion oeuvre, bigger was certainly better. Taleghany, took top honors for best chapeau, while our personal favorite was the lady in red — Tracy Faulkner on the arm of hubby Harry.

And then there was the always-over-the-top J. Michael Soliz. What can we say!

More photos of the event are available on the Holly Rose Ribbon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1351127424922834.1073741828.246972978671623&type=1&l=0ec2b92133

The mint juleps flowed as these and other Sunday afternoon partygoers stepped out in their best derby style. Think gents in seersucker and linens and ladies in garden party (or racetrack) frocks.

Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose reprised their roles as chairs, along with Lily Paxson, of the event that benefits the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation. An standing room only crowd of more than 300 packed The Palm and raised close to $50,000 for the non-profit that provides free reconstructive surgery and college scholarships to cancer survivors. Cancer survivor and philanthropist Therese Landa was event honoree.

Winning, Placing and Showing: Adrian and Ashley Peterson, Dr. Monica Patel, Laura Max and Ben Rose (with 8-month old Selma in tow), Erica Rose, Angelica Chapman, Dr. Adam LaBlanc, Jennifer Roosth, Riyad Abu-Taha, Miya Shay with son Winston, Christine Tabrizi, Angela Lipsey, and Francesca Salinas. No also rans in this colorful crowd.


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ABOUT THE HOLLY ROSE RIBBON FOUNDATION:  The non-profit was established in 2004 in honor of Holly Harwood Skolkin and now in her memory by Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Harwood Rose. The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides 100% free reconstructive surgery to un-insured post-cancer patients. Since our inception, the Holly Rose Ribbon foundation has assisted over 100 cancer survivors with free reconstructive surgeries and assistance. We also offer grief counseling, college scholarships to cancer survivors or to those who have lost a parent to cancer, breast reconstructive surgeries at no-cost to the survivor, and arts in medicine activities for children currently undergoing cancer treatment at area hospitals. During the ten-year history of the Foundation there have been no salaries, both Cindi and her husband Franklin have volunteered their services and time to the organization as a whole. All funds collected through The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation go towards the many costs associated in providing reconstructive surgery like nursing care, hospital stays and anesthesiologist costs.

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