Museum and Educational Nonprofit Spotlight: Theme Your Event!

This week for our Museum and Educational Nonprofit Spotlight we are excited to showcase Beaufort History Museum and their fun and sassy Hattitude Fundraiser. Highlighting the role of women’s hats in Southern culture guests were encouraged to attend the event in their best church hat!

Unique themes at fundraising events are a surefire way to increase attendance and donations. The Beaufort History Museum in South Carolina executes this strategy perfectly each year when they pick a new theme to showcase their rich history. As a result they have fantastic engagement and increased donations to keep their museum going. This year they highlighted the significance of church hats and the women who wore them. Hattitude raised more than $3,000 dollars for the small Beaufort History Museum.

The event space was full of elegant and delicately decorated hats modeled by attendees or used centerpieces. Guest could strut their stuff at Hattitude for $60 a ticket or they could get a table of 10 for $500.


Before the guest speakers, attendees enjoyed traditional delicacies and teas. A silent auction also gave guests the opportunity to bid on donated prizes like steak dinners, getaway vacations and local artwork. Afterwards, everyone settled in for the three guest speakers, Etu Evans, Archie Burkel, and Tiffany Collins.

The party concluded with more socializing where women got to parade around in their hats and try out each others. The Beaufort History Museum Board President, Carol Lauvray loved Hattitude and said, “We looked back at how meaningful church hats were and are, especially in the African American community, where they hold a special significance. We also spotlighted other occasions where hats played a key role, such as South Carolina’s legendary steeplechase thoroughbred horse races in Elloree, Aiken and Camden. It was an educational and entertaining event. Southern women just know how to dress for a party!”

That they do! It was so fun seeing all glamorous hats and hearing about their successful event. Thank you Beaufort History Museum for sharing your story and continuing to highlight your rich history.