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Hats Off to Olmsted

To further advance its mission, despite COVID-19 setbacks, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) is virtually moving forward with its spring and summer fundraising efforts that it depends on to successfully conduct its day to day operations.

Typically, The Conservancy hosts an annual fundraising luncheon called Spring into Summer. Due to the virus, that’s not going to take place in its usual manner. Instead, the organization is embarking upon an online fundraising campaign – Hats Off to Olmsted, which will entail people (at home) taking photos of themselves wearing adorned and lavish hats and/or bowties. Virtual attendees who submit their photos to #HatsofftoOlmsted will be entered into a special prize drawing.

Hats and bowties donned by guests at the Spring into Summer gala in previous years | Photos courtesy BOPC

“We must continue raising support for the parks, as nature cannot be paused; our work is here every single day,” said Stephanie Crockatt Conservancy Executive Director. “Our new reality as a nonprofit service provider has seen an increase park use, which means an increase in the cost of safety supplies, equipment, and a need for more personnel. Every gift we receive is critical.”

Buffalo’s Olmsted park system is as large as Central Park in NYC, but operates with 200 less employees and no endowment. That is why it is imperative to continue to support the organization that does such an excellent job of maintaining the park system. The virtual Hats Off to Olmsted event will be held online via the digital platform, OneCause.

Virtual guests will be able to:

  • Make donations
  • Access a basket raffle and a wine pull
  • Flip through this year’s program book
  • Watch program videos

“A great deal of thought and creativity went into the decision to reimagine and hold this fundraiser,” said Liz McPhail, Conservancy Board Chair. “Special thanks to all the event sponsors, table captains, and the Spring into Summer committee for making this possible.”

Hats off to Olmsted, will launch on May 18th and culminate with the final program on May 21st.

For more information on Spring into Summer Reimagined and how to support Buffalo’s Olmsted Parks and Conservancy, visit

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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