Hats off to the HeadWear Extravaganza and the students it benefits.
Today, hats and headwear of all shapes and sizes are welcome at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Ardmore, where a unique fashion show is slated for 4 p.m. Money raised by the show will go toward the Camille Hudson Scholarship Fundraiser. Scholarship Chair Paulette Davis said she started the event last year to ensure the scholarship could go to as many applicants as possible.
“It’s all kinds of hats,” Davis said. “Caps, wraps, turbans, cowboy hats, helmets, fascinators and whatever else. Last year, someone wore the largest sombrero I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Other hats seen at last year’s function include derby hats, large church hats and ball caps. The event isn’t a competition, however. Davis said the extravaganza is more of a fashion show, giving people the chance to show off their most creative, eye-catching headwear.
“This is just a chance to come together and have fun in fellowship,” Davis said.
Hat models must donate $10 to participate and come to First Christian Church by no later than 3:30 to register. Participants can model up to three hats and use the venue’s seven sets to take photos.
The $1,000 scholarship is available to high school seniors who are active members of a church under the Chickasaw District, a part of the National Baptist Convention. To qualify, students must have a GPA of at least 2.7 and a cumulative ACT score of at least 19. Davis said the district covers a broad area.
“We go as far up north as Purcell and as far west as Duncan,” Davis said. “Then, to Madill and Tishomingo to the east.”
Davis said the organization will hold a second fundraiser, a golf tournament, in August.
The show will begin at 4 p.m. today at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Maxwell Avenue NW in Ardmore.