Honey Shine’s annual ‘Hats Off’ Luncheon fundraiser

Miami Times staff report | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.
Founder of Honey Shine, Tracy Mourning. Suzan McDowell/Circle of One Marketing

The Honey Shine Mentoring Program will light up the Treetop Ballroom at Jungle Island once again on Tuesday, May 6 for the program’s signature fundraising event, the 12th Annual “Hats Off” Luncheon. Each year, Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, its Lady Bug members, and friends, sport their favorite hats at this highly anticipated luncheon held to raise the funds necessary to continue empowering young girls enrolled in the Honey Shine program.

Attendees are highly encouraged to wear their favorite hat and Miami chic attire in order to become walking demonstrations to help young girls imagine, create and achieve their dreams.

More than 650 people are expected to enjoy this year’s décor, reminiscent of Miami’s unique style of chic and this year’s theme “Architects of Our Future: Imagine. Create. Achieve.” Start your engines at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a welcome champagne reception and silent auction chock with designer and vintage handbags, vacation stays, unique experiences, jewelry and more! Then stroll into the Treetop ballroom where guests will enjoy a noon luncheon, followed by the “Honey Bug” Showcase, the highlight of the event, a spectacular fashion show that illuminates how Honey Shine taps into the spirits of the young women in their care with a bit of love, focus and self-confidence.

“What is so exciting about this year, and every year, is that we get to showcase our Honey Bugs,” says Mourning. “I have been to many luncheons in Miami and our Hats Off Luncheon for Honey Shine truly is all about our Honey Bugs. They are the ‘Architects of Our Future,’ so our theme is ‘Imagine. Create. Achieve.’ This is what we want them to do.”

All proceeds from the “Hats Off” luncheon will go to the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Tickets to the luncheon are just $150 and a table of 10 is $2000. Jungle Island is located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami.