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After a Bidding Frenzy, a Hat Finds a New Home and UNICEF Gains Valuable Funds

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Thousands of anti-malaria mosquito nets, countless school supplies or hundreds of thousands of measles vaccinations can now be bought by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) after a notorious hat sold at auction yesterday. Continues...

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Past Member (0)
Friday June 3, 2011, 7:20 pm
Cool hat! Thank you.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Friday June 3, 2011, 7:24 pm

23 May 2011

Thousands of anti-malaria mosquito nets, countless school supplies or hundreds of thousands of measles vaccinations can now be bought by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) after a notorious hat sold at auction yesterday.

The pale pink – and very high – hat worn by Princess Beatrice to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29 April in London drew a frenzy of bids on the eBay website over the past 10 days, with the unknown winner paying £81,100.01 (about $130,000).

The sum will be divided equally between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Children in Crisis, a United Kingdom-based charity.

A UNICEF spokesperson said that figure could buy more than 16,200 mosquito nets to protect children and their families from malaria, or at least 210,000 vaccines to protect children against measles or enough textbooks, stationery and school supplies for 8,110 children for a year.

“I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world,” said Princess Beatrice after the end of the auction.

“Every single penny will make a difference to children’s lives around the world,” said Julie Weston, fundraising director for UNICEF in the UK.

The hat, designed by the London-based milliner Philip Treacy, attracted bids from around the world – less than a month after many fashion observers mocked its debut.

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Erin R (181)
Friday June 3, 2011, 7:58 pm
Thank you, Rosemary!

Kim O (396)
Friday June 3, 2011, 11:29 pm
I'm so glad somebody really loved the ugly octopus hat!! Sorry, I thought it was butt ugly!! Very surprised it pulled in so much money!! Great news that all of the money's gone to so many deserving charites! Kudos to Princess Beatrice!! Thanks Rosemary!!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday June 3, 2011, 11:47 pm
A ring & a bow ribbon hat for that kind of money! Not everyone is broke yet! Pleased that someone paid that kind of money to help UNICEF! Thanks Rosemary.

Judy C (90)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 12:23 am
I'm glad some good could come from that crazy hat! Thanks, Rosemary.

Melody Aragorn (135)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 1:43 am
this world would buy anything however must admit glad its been used for some good cause...

KS Goh (0)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 2:06 am
Thanks for the article.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 2:20 am
I just love this!!!What a win, win, win situation!!! Thankyou for posting this article!!!

Penelope Ryan (178)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 7:02 am
TY Rosemary, ugly as it is, it went for good.

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 7:33 am
Ridiculous hat - put to a great purpose. Thank you for posting, and well done Princess Beatrice!

Lisa N (207)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 7:35 am
Way to pay it forward Princess Beatrice!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 7:46 am
Glad the hats serve a purpose other than looking ridiculous.

Sue McGuey (106)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 8:28 am
Noted, shared!~ Posted to FB!~ Neat......more Royals & celebs. should do this type of thing!! I'm really glad the stupid thing raised sooo much!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 10:07 am
The ugly duckling turned into a swan.

John Y (82)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 10:07 am

Ingrid A (524)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 11:56 am
I agree with Kim.

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 2:03 pm
Amazing - that Beatrice actually 'donated' the hat sale for charity!! Thank heavens it's been put to 'good' use - I would never have believed it if I hadn't read it with 'my own eyes'!

Karen E. (0)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 2:33 pm
Well, I had a good hearty laugh when I saw Princess Beatrice in that thing. Now, I am soooo glad she wore it, got all that attention and then let it go to outstanding good use!! Thanks to Beatrice AND to the person who bought it!

Renata B (136)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 3:03 pm
Maybe someone is creating a Museum of Horrors and wanted something really horrid to attract people!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 6:05 pm
Thats an ugly hat. I don't even think Lady GaGa would wear that one.

William Y (54)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 9:43 pm
That has got to be the most hideous hat ever, at least it was put to good use.

Bracha Katz (31)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 5:32 am
Thanks Rosemary. I thought this hat was ugly, but now I changed my mind.

Veronique L (209)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 8:36 am

Sharon Balloch (127)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 9:17 am
Makes you wonder if that lady has no friends or if they are all afraid of her because my friends would have had to wipe the tears from their eyes if I was to wear such a hat. My family would have hidden the hat and claimed the dog ate it.. Still glad someone liked it.. a lot.

Jill Vickerman (416)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 9:42 am
Glad they paid allot of money for it! and for a good cause too!

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 3:51 pm
That hat looks like an over sized bow with a huge door knocker. Pure ugly

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday June 6, 2011, 5:22 am
I'm glad that terrible hat has resulted in a positive benefit for charity.

Linda Kemp (0)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 11:37 am
Reminds me of Dr Zeuss

Cheryl B (206)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 7:03 pm
If you want to draw attention away from a pimple on your face, wear a hat like that! I am so very happy that good has come from it. Thanks Rosemary.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 10:10 pm
Green stars ALL : )

Cindy B (61)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 1:16 am
Great that the $$$$ went to UNICEF; what a blessing. That said, that hat has to be the most revolting, ridiculous monstrosity that ever besmirched the planet -- and a particularly vexing construct to be sitting behind at any event one might actually wish to observe. Man! life's weird, isn't it!

Rita D (87)
Friday June 10, 2011, 4:13 pm
Thanks very much for sharing this really Good News story in here Rosemary! It doesn't matter how we feel about this hat, wether we like it or not .... I think it's just amazing that the big publicity and attention this hat received resulted in something really VERY POSITIVE :) A very big thank you to the buyer!
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