Night at the Museum


Museum Director William Andrews, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Co-Chairs Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s biggest fundraiser of the year, “O What a Night!” generated more than $900,000 to advance the museum’s mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

A Patron Party was held at the Garden District home of Board Chairman Allison Kendrick on Thursday, October 19, with 300 people enjoying cuisine by Coquette and previewing the live auction items.

Event Chairmen were Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis. Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida were presented with the Opus Award.

At the gala, the silent auction appetizers were provided by chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette. The three-course gala dinner was provided by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise, and featured courses of Yellowfin Tuna Confit, Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Chocolate Olive Oil Cake.

Pre-dinner entertainment was provided by Jeremy Davenport. Following the dinner and live auction, guests flocked to the dance floor for a rousing performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

A live auction of 20 lots of works by Southern artists including pieces by George Dunbar, Ashley Longshore, Hunt Slonem, John Alexander, Aron Belka, David Gamble, Simon Gunning and many more saw energetic and competitive bidding.


Event at a Glance

What: “O What A Night!” Presented by Hearst and WDSU-TV benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Saturday, October 21
Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art


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