We Celebrated “The Whole Drum Will Sound” and All Things Southern at Magnolia Ball 2018!

Pictured are the 2018 Magnolia Ball Chairmen: Emily Shaya, Chad Graci, Andrew Freeman, Jessie Schott Haynes and David T. Baker. (Photo by Scott Myers)

Thank you to all who came to the annual Magnolia Ball at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Saturday, June 9 to celebrate the exhibition, The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction, and all things Southern!

Event chairman were David T. Baker, Andrew Freeman, Chad Graci, Jessie Schott Haynes and Emily Shaya. With their help, we welcomed a record 800 individuals to the party of the summer!

The silent auction featured 100 items, including artwork by women artists living and working in the South, along with an assortment of packages with items donated by local businesses. The selection was truly unmatched, with a pelican cuff bracelet by Mimosa Handcrafted, a ceramic sculpture by Miss Pussycat, a seven night stay in Asheville, NC, Little Green by Karen deClouet, Queen by Ashley Lorraine and so much more.

Guests were treated to an array of dishes by 20 popular New Orleans restaurants. We had it all, from slow grilled Louisiana Pork spare ribs with peach barbecue sauce to hummus with wood roasted corn, green chermoula, pistachio and radish. And desserts were aplenty, from pralines to macarons!

The music lineup included DJ G-Cue, DJ Kelly Green, DJ Legatron Prime, DJ RedStylez, DJ Heel Turn, DJ Crushed Velvet and The Original Pinettes Brass Band. The upbeat music set the tone for the evening, filling the atrium and terrace. Till midnight, we were on the dance floor!

Magnolia Ball was made possible by the generous support of our event attendees, donors and sponsors: Hancock Whitney, The Helis Foundation, The Martzolf Group, Neal Auction Company, The New Orleans Advocate and New Orleans Magazine.

We will see y’all next year!

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Photos by Scott Myers