Carol Daniel (@caroldanielKMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The 25th Annual Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon brought in a record of over 1,200 people and a record total donation.

(ShaTonya McClain, KMOX)

(ShaTonya McClain, KMOX)

Leslie Hoffarth, executive director of the luncheon says $445 thousand was raised, which is a 25% increase compared to last year. She believes some people may think the job is complete because the park has undergone such major renovations.

(ShayTonya McClain, KMOX)

(ShaTonya McClain, KMOX)

“This is a living breathing thing,” Hoffarth says. “We always want it to be relevant to the community around us. It’s always going to need our care.”

This year’s project is the Cascades. Built in 1973 to mimic the World’s Fair waterfall that flowed down Art Hill. It’s the origin for the parks entire river system. Hoffarth says the proceeds from this luncheon will be used to repair and stabilize the cascades.

KMOX’S Carol Daniel was this year’s Honorary Co-Chair.

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