DIY milliners sought for Derby/Fascinator Hat Contest for Methodist Family Health’s Virtual Southern Silks Event.


WHO: Methodist Family Health

WHAT: Make-Your-Own Derby Hat or Fascinator Contest, a part of Southern Silks, the derby-day soiree signature fundraiser for Methodist Family Health


WHEN: The Deadline to enter is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2020.

WHERE: Submit photos of your creations to


HOW: Anyone can enter — children and adults. Develop décor around a store-bought hat or create a fascinator from scratch. Use anything you can find at home — old toys, flowers, ribbons, paint, glitter — let your imagination run wild.

BACKGROUND: Methodist Family Health, the state’s only complete continuum of care for Arkansas children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues, is pulling up to its Kentucky Derby-style, signature fundraiser, Southern Silks. What would a derby race be without outrageous hats? No derby at all, so Southern Silks will feature a DIY hat contest.

Anyone can enter and the rules are: Make your own hat or fascinator from items around the house or supplies you get at the craft or dollar store. Take a photo of that hat and e-mail it to by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2020.

The winner will be announced during the virtual event, which starts at 6 p.m. on Methodist Family Health’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The winner of the contest will win a beanbag toss (cornhole) game from Steinmart Little Rock.



Ride to the Rescue of Children and Families in Arkansas … Virtually! Race to the 7th annual virtual Southern Silks and celebrate the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at a virtual post-race soiree! Enjoy faux horse races where winners are awarded prizes, and bid on some of the best auction items around. You also can throw in your hat for the best homemade hat and fascinator and win a beanbag (cornhole) toss from Steinmart Little Rock.

Why do we keep saying virtually? Because we want our donors, supporters and volunteers to be safe, well, and remain so. Following health and safety protocols set out by the Arkansas Department  of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, this virtual signature fundraising event will take place on our Facebook and YouTube channels so you can kick back in the comfort of your home while supporting the Arkansas children and families at Methodist Family Health.

WHEN: 6 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020

WHERE: Methodist Family Health’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

MORE INFO: Call Jamie Griffith, Foundation project manager, at 501-906-4209 or e-mail


Founded in 1899, Methodist Family Health’s mission is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help. Together, we serve Arkansas children and their families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues.

We began our legacy of care as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage more than 120 years ago. Today, Methodist Family Health’s statewide continuum of care includes the 60-bed acute and sub-acute Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle, psychiatric residential treatment centers in Bono and Little Rock, qualified residential treatment program homes throughout the state, a therapeutic day treatment program in Little Rock and Benton, the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES) in Little Rock, community- and school-based counseling clinics throughout the state, and Kaleidoscope Grief Center in Little Rock, a therapy programs focused on helping grieving children and their families.


For more information, visit us at or call 501-661-0720.

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