day at the races and 117 Red Hatters, and a few Pink Hats, were
there to celebrate. We enjoyed a fabulous buffet on
the third floor in the Turf Club. There was green salad and really
good rolls, pasta with vegetables, fresh fruit platter, roasted
potatoes, parmesan chicken and prime rib carved and placed on our
plates. Dessert was white cake, chocolate cake, and
German chocolate cake. Our tables were covered with
red tablecloths and alternating pink and purple
napkins. The staff sprinkled pink and purple confetti
on the center of each table to add to the festivities.
the Hatters entered the Turf Club, they checked in at the
registration table. They each picked a raffle ticket
out of a purple pumpkin. Thirty of the ticket holders
were taken to the Winner's Circle during the third race -- the
race which was being sponsored by the Oregon chapters of the Red
Hat Society. The Red Hatters in the winner's circle were
televised to all offsite betting parlors nationwide.
were fortunate to have Oregonian reporter John Foyston join
us for the afternoon. He seemed to delight being in
the midst of so many fabulous women. We even had him
wearing a red hat for a while. We're looking forward
to his article in the Oregonian's A&E section
probably on November 1.
special "Thank You" to the three RHS volunteers
who assisted at the registration table and helped pass out the
door prizes; Dawn-Marie Dancey (Crimson Crones), Dee Smith
(Rambling Roses), and Karlene Ernst (Classy Red Hatters).
and Greg from Portland Meadows helped Queen Jill coordinate this
wonderful event, and made sure things went smoothly - from the
food service to guiding the 30 women to the Winner's
Circle. They did a great job. The entire
staff at Portland Meadows did a super job, and we'd like to convey
a huge "Thanks" to all of them.