Red Hat ladies celebrate anniversary

PLYMOUTH — One gets the feeling that hanging out with the Angels in Red women of the Red Hat Society is always a party. This Thursday, however,
the group of about 30 women had all the more reason to whoop it up.

Thursday was the 15th anniversary of the group’s founding. In honor of that milestone, the local chapter, which is based in Knox, Ind. marked the occasion in a very official way. Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter read a citation and Governor Pence issued a proclamation to commemorate the event.

In the Mayor’s commemorative citation, Senter recalled the group's history and the purpose as demonstrated by the members.

“The women of the Red Hat Society have done great changing the way women are viewed today,” he read. “The Red Hat Society members have
met middle age with vitality and flair.”

The international organization is typically open to women above the age of 50. Senter noted, however, that there are no membership restrictions.

There are more than 80,000 members in 31 countries. The group is known for its colorful attire, including the red and purple hats. It all started with the gift of a red hat, which launched this phenomenon that
is comparable to a sisterhood or social club.

There was a greater purpose to Thursday’s noontime gathering at Christos’ restaurant in Plymouth. The Red Hat Society members were giving a donation of $1,500 to the Center for Hospice Care to support the Camp Evergreen program. On hand to accept the donation was Ramona Lichtenbarger.

President Janice Davis said the donation will be used for supplies
for the program, which provides a summer camp opportunity to a child whose family has used hospice. An evergreen tree will be planted at the camp in honor of the Angels in Red chapter’s donation.

The money was raised at an annual benefit held on April 6. With the theme of “Pirates and Wenches,” members dressed up in costume and raised enough in donations to surpass last year’s total of $1,000.

Davis thanked some of the business sponsors who attended the lunch. Donations of materials and goods used to raise funds was much appreciated.

“Let everyone know you were a part of this,” Davis said.