Orlando Philanthropist and Local Fashion Icon Harriett Lake
Presents Caveman Couture Contest
Orlando-area philanthropist Harriett Lake, known for her charitable giving and extravagant outfits, is sponsoring the first-ever Harriett’s Caveman Couture Contest at the Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Orlando Science Center. Guests will be encouraged to dress in their best prehistoric digs – as the term “caveman couture” would imply – for the chance to win the 2012 crown.
Go full on cave dweller with furs and strategically placed loincloths or just add a dash of prehistoric flair with an animal print tie, a leopard pattern cocktail dress or even a bone in your hair – it’s survival of the fittest in this one-of-a-kind gala event. Harriett Lake herself will be judging the contest and awarding prizes to the best dressed cave people that evening.
Harriett Lake, Philanthropist and Fashion Icon
Harriett Lake has called Orlando home since 1958. After buying and selling land around Sand Lake that would ultimately become the home of Lockheed Martin Corporation and residential neighborhoods, she and her husband became successful real estate developers. For decades, the couple kindly shared their fortune with many Orlando causes including arts and cultural organizations, hospitals and schools. While her husband passed away in 2010, Lake continues this commitment to philanthropy. During an interview in 2011, she confessed that the donations section of her tax return was nine pages long.
The only thing that comes close to her generosity is her passion for fashion. She can always be seen wearing glitzy outfits at functions and events and don’t forget her signature hats. She’s been crazy for couture her whole life and her garments number in the thousands. Her luxurious wardrobe, acquired over more than six decades, was given special attention during its own exhibition at the Mennello Museum of American Art entitled “Harriet’s Closet” in 2008.
Dust off your club and drag your date to the Neanderthal Ball.
The cost of the event is $125 per person for individual tickets and sponsorships are available from $1,750 – $15,000. All sponsorships include tickets to the Neanderthal Ball and various levels of promotional opportunities. Proceeds to benefit the Orlando Science Center, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Neanderthal Ball provides critical funds and operating support for educational programs and opportunities for youth – regardless of their ability to pay – to experience the fun and discovery of the Orlando Science Center.