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Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:30 pm

SKYE restaurant in Peoria was filled with variety of hats from vintage to modern creations as West Valley Women celebrated spring’s top fashion accessory.

The networking group’s annual hat contest was judged by Jeffrey Hattrick, tea maitre d’ of The Ritz Carlton in Phoenix, as the women mingled before lunch.

Several women wore hats purchased from consignment or resale shops.

Pat Horton of All About Marketing found her elaborate, formed black and white hat at Eve’s Treasures, the resale shop that benefits Eve’s Place domestic violence shelter.

Kelly Ettenborough, public relations specialist for John C. Lincoln Health Network, selected her late ’50s/early ’60s pink hat with the help of her 13-year-old daughter while they shopped at Matilda’s Closet in downtown Glendale.

“I have a fat head so it’s hard to find vintage hats that fit,” she said.

Ettenborough’s hat proved to be the perfect fit, as she won the award for best vintage hat at the luncheon.

The recipient of the judge’s choice award, Stephanie Ducharme, an executive with Nu Skin, wore a gold and black vintage hat. She purchased it when she lived in Seattle and was part of another group that enjoyed wearing hats.

Phyllis Brown of Sunlife Magazine wore a vintage Asian hat, complete with long, black braid which she purchased from a resale shop in Sun City.

“It might be leftover from someone’s Chinese New Year celebration,” she said.

Hattrick also recognized Leslie Bentley of Verrado Village Sport and Health Club with the So Beautiful award.

Sue Orzechowski, Executive Women International, won the Made by Hand award for her black hat with different colors.

Katy Simmons of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite donned a large cowboy hat, which garnered the All About Me in Arizona award.

West Valley Women meet on the second Tuesday of each month at SKYE restaurant. For information, visit http://www.westvalleywomen.org/.

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