Donning summer cocktail attire, 729 patrons visited The Ogden Museum of Southern Art to celebrate and benefit the Center for Southern Craft and Design for the third annual “Magnolia Ball.” This year’s ball honored Top Mob, the New Orleans graffiti collective. In addition, the ball paid tribute to the memory of Top Mob member DJ Real.

The scenery reflected the graffiti collective theme of the evening with graffiti magnolias hung on various banners, as well as colorful lights strung throughout the museum.

The kickoff party, held at Billy Reid on June 11, included food by the John Besh Foundation and cocktails by Cathead Vodka.

At the main event, food trucks Diva Dawg and Taceaux Loceaux catered guests outside the museum, while inside selections were provided by Palace Cafe’s Black Duck Bar, CellarDoor, Boucherie, 1718 Catering, Palate New Orleans, Chais Delachaise, Mizado Cocina and Kenton’s. Cookies for guests to take home were provided by Love, Cookie by Baker Maid. Cocktails were crafted by Palace Cafe’s Black Duck Bar and Kirk Estopinal for Cafe Henri.

A silent auction included art by William Pittman Andrews, Amanda S. Fenlon, Sean Friloux, L. Kasimu Harris, Kim Jones, Mia Kaplan, Logan Ledfor, Emily Lovejoy, Richard McCabe, James Michalopoulos, Mallory Page, Rebecca Rebouche, Jennifer Shaw and Amanda Talley, as well as several lifestyle products from various vendors.

DJs Alfa Leone, Black Pearl, Ed Maximillion, Hurricane and G-Cue kept attendees dancing the whole night in the atrium. The Red Flame Hunters Mardi Gras Indians entertained everyone during the musical break, and the Loose Marbles provided live jazz on the fifth floor roof terrace, where people could sip their cocktails and look out over the New Orleans skyline.

Nicole Hershey, Elliot Hutchinson and Hattie and Corey Moll served as Chairmen. Event sponsors included The Helis Foundation, Mignon Faget, Neal Auction Company, The New Orleans Advocate, Whitney Bank and Yelp New Orleans.


What: “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Saturday, June 11
Where: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art