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Pharmaceutical Preservation

An annual soirée to toast Louisiana’s pharmaceutical history.

Kristin Norton, Jeff Haro, Nicole Ditta and Chair Sal Scaccia

Photographed by Melissa Calico

The candlelit “Pharmacy Past & Present Gala” benefiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum was held in the beautiful Louisiana Ballroom at the Loews New Orleans Hotel. A delicious holiday-themed menu was provided by the hotel, including Louisiana favorites: a scrumptious seafood gumbo and bananas foster.

The Essentials, a six-piece band complete with go-go dancers, entertained gala attendees. In addition to a raffle, an auction included beautiful hand-painted decoys by Pennsylvania artist Robert Good, artwork by Alex Beard and Jill DeGroff. Signed footballs from the New Orleans Saints and autographed basketballs from the New Orleans Pelicans were donated by Gala Chair Sal Scaccia.

Over 200 attendees participated in the gala and raised over $25,000 to support the operations and restoration of the museum. The museum is housed in the 1823 Creole apothecary of America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis Dufilho Jr., and is focused on preserving and perpetuating the history of 19th century pharmacy, medicine and health care. 




What: “Pharmacy Past & Present Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
When: Saturday, November 1
Where: Loews New Orleans Hotel


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