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Saint Paul Baptist Church Presents a “Hat Extravaganza”

First Row (left to right seated): Cleo Anderson, Phillis Thrower, Mother Thelma Wilkes, Toni Huggins; Second Row (left to right standing): Patricia Bass, Rev. Betty Lomax, Elsie Williams, Veronica Bowie, Saundra Jarmon, Wanda Wimbley, and Rev. Janetta Nix. (Photo Credit: Robert Jeffreys)

This year’s Hat Extravaganza featuring 100 women and men in hats was a great success. The purpose of this annual fundraising event for Saint Paul Baptist Church, located at 1777 Statham Blvd., was to praise God, have fun and support the building fund.

The event featured female and male models dynamically dressed in dazzling attire and fashionable hats that exemplified the glory of God; among them were Bishop B. A. Huggins and First Lady Toni Huggins. The women models were dressed elegantly and could have rivaled models from New York or Paris. Some of the models wore hats provided by Phillis Thrower, owner of Hats R “U”.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Shawna Thrower said, “We had a wonderful time in the Lord. I think my favorite part was introducing the male models. Each male model strolled down the red carpet exuding cool, class and an air of sophistication.”

The women, some from other churches, also walked the red carpet, posed in front of the media wall and strutted their stuff while the crowd wooed them. The audience got a chance to vote on their favorite male and female model in the ‘People’s Choice’ category. Willie Hays and Janetta Nix won this award.

Another highlight was the “Parade of Hats,” where everyone in the audience wearing a hat got a chance to model it for a panel of judges, who evaluated each participant in various categories.

“We have been doing this event for at least twelve years and each year we try to bring in something new to include style, glamorous hats, and different faces to sport them. We recognized our military, our sororities and fraternities for their many accomplishments,” said Phillis Thrower, Event Coordinator.

“I am very pleased with the contributions the committee made. They worked very hard to make this event a success. Thanks to all of you, we are a step closer to accomplishing our vision.”

In addition, the guest speaker was Dr. Jacqueline Martin of Love, Peace and Happiness Church in Downey, CA, who spoke to the congregation about finding your purpose and worth in God.

After the event, the audience was invited to enjoy refreshments in the social hall.

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