Charleston Women Winter 2022-23

34 www.Char l e s tonWomenPodcas t . com | www.ReadCW. com | www. Ins t ag ram. com /Char l e s tonWomen “When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good,” is the group motto of the Hat Ladies of Charleston, coined by Archie Burkel, founder and “top hat” of the dynamic group of women. Hailing from Chicago, Burkel started the group in 2001 after discovering the friendliness of Charleston residents, who were especially complimentary of the fabulous hats she would wear while strolling downtown. What began with 15 fashionable ladies meeting for high tea at Charleston Place and later, for potluck luncheons at Alhambra Hall soon evolved into a dynamic group of volunteers committed to serving the Charleston community. “We are known for our fashion and compassion,” said Burkel. “At least 2,500 ladies—who range in age from 12 to 94— have been members in our 21-year history. We are known as a resource when nonprofit causes need help.” Serving in Style Meet the Hat Ladies of Charleston BY HEATHER ARTUSHIN Photos prov ided by Hat Ladi es of Char l es ton . Archi e Burke l and a t eam of hat l ad i e s g i ve back . Charleston Women in Philanthropy