The Journey of THIS Hat

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Here at Hattast-ique we love our great customers, fun times, and family journey.  However, no family has evolved without suffering through tough times and that includes our own.  A particular event we like to support is Relay For Life as cancer has played a role in some of our tough times.  This event is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.


I was approached by my uncle about creating a hat to serve their town crier in their Muskegon, MI relay.  They are doing a Disney themed event in 2017 and we LOVED the idea and were more than happy to make a special hat for this event.  We feel that it is a great cause, but not only that for us it is personal.

The evolution of the hat is something to see, for it is not just a hat but a story.  Under the fun filled quirkiness of it all lies our tribute to my Mother Mary, my Aunt Kathy and my Uncle John all who were taken from us much too early from cancer. This is really a small token, us creating a hat.  It is nothing compared to the dedication of the Relay Teams (my Uncle Jim and Cousin Julie) that spend countless hours organizing events to raise money so that no other person has to feel the pain they do...

 My family pulls together to raise money, walk, remember and work toward a better world, as do so many at these relay events. It is a bittersweet creation, both beautiful and painful.  We would like nothing more than to have you say "I can't relate" ...that is the goal!


If you are interested in making a donation to Kathy's Crew, you can donate online. If you wish to donate online, you can go to Relay For Life.  If you make a donation of $10 or more, we will make a luminaria bag to help light the track during the event to honor or remember a loved one, so please include their name and if it is in honor or in memory. 

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  • Kristi on

    L❤️VE this story. Touching!

  • Shirley on

    WOW ? this posting and this hat you made me so Sad yet inspired me all at once ! You are an amazing talented individual person with so many gifts and ability !
    it is your heart , your compassion and JUST how you treat others that touches me ! In this day and age people are took busy to care or help or come along side of others for FEAR of getting hurt ! YET YOU DO AND YOU HAVE ! and still never let it keep you from helping and being a good decent human being ? ! You are a rare individual and I know I do thank God for you in this world and in my daughters life and all my children . Thank you Lisa Malabad for taking your precious time and amazing talent and creating this beautiful amazing HAT for such a worthy cause ! Truly beautiful an inspiring ??❤ ~ SHIRLEY TAYLOR YOUR FRIEND ( inlaw ) ?

  • Rick Engle on

    That is the most Fantast-ique hat, well done gang, what a super tribute to loved ones we’ve lost and such a cool mad hatter design!

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