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Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Society’s “Fall Gala”

Monique Coleman, Marilee Hovet and hostess Sara Ruffin Costello

Steven Hronek Photographs

New Orleans is filled with historic architecture and landmarks, but not much is said about the people who safeguard these landmarks. Cue the Historic Houses Society, dedicated to preserving New Orleans’ history for all to enjoy. On Wednesday, November 14, the donors who make this mission possible were honored at the society’s “Fall Gala” at the home of Sara Ruffin Costello  and Paul Costello.

The gala was organized by co-chairs Susan and Jimmy Gundlach; Susu and Andrew Stall; and Mary and Eddie Johnson; while the Costellos genially agreed to host the event in their lovely Garden District home. Honored that evening was the society’s Leadership Circle, the generous donors who have given $1,000 and up throughout the year.

That night, guests enjoyed music by Jeffery Pounds on piano, while the arrangements of roses and hydrangeas by Sara Ruffin Costello were a feast for the eyes. Ralph Brennan Catering & Events provided a more literal feast of their own, while Trinchero Family Estates served wine from the exquisite Trinity Oaks Portfolio. The menu included goat cheese cannoli with toasted pistachio and fig conserve and lobster BLTs for hors d’oeuvres and decadent wood grilled swordfish and shrimp for the main course. Churros with hot chocolate were served for dessert, while guests also took home “to-go boxes” filled with sweets.  

The Historic Houses Society is run by its parent organization The Woman’s Exchange, who owns and operates Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses and museums.


Event at a Glance


Historic Houses Society Gala


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Home of Sara Ruffin and Paul Costello

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