Kentucky Derby Hat Auction
For the past three years, Grey Goose Vodka has teamed up with Eric Javits to create one-of-a-kind hats for the Kentucky Derby. Last year, Petra Nemcova was chosen to model a silvery white portrait hat that was auctioned on eBay, raising over $800 for the Barnstable-Brown Foundation. This year's creation was modeled by actress Zoe Saldana at the 133rd Kentucky Derby. The hat is a lightweight nylon, raffia and lurex in French blue with silver highlights. The unique chapeau was designed with a dramatic brim meant to symbolize the burst of energy of a grey goose taking flight. The hat, along with a custom designed hat box, is now up for auction at Clothes Off Our Back. Both the hat box and the chapeau are autographed by Javits and Saldana and together have a retail value of $1800. Proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support pediatric cancer and disease as well as The Barnstable-Brown Foundation to support diabetic research. The auction ends May 15th and the last I checked, the bidding was up to $500.