This year’s Magnolia Ball celebrated Ogden Museum’s current exhibition: “Luis Cruz Azaceta: What a Wonderful World.”

In a collaborative spirit with the artist’s use of bright and bold colors, the atrium in Goldring Hall was beautifully lit with blue, purple and green uplighting, and boasted dramatic floral centerpieces with hanging greenery throughout. More than 400 partygoers enjoyed Elektra Cosmetics’ glitter bar on their way to the photo booth and aerialists and dancers with Trixie Minx Productions entertained the crowd. The Museum utilized its Patrick F. Taylor Library to showcase the evening’s live music lineup where guests gathered for drinks as they danced the night away.

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Live entertainment also included the People Museum Band, DJ Heelturn, DJ T-Roy, Shawan Rice, Marina Orchestra and DJ Jess. Culinary creations were provided by Diva Dawg, Highly Seasoned Catering, Manolito, Nola Snow Snoballs, Nothing Bundt Cakes on Prytania, The Delachaise and Reginelli’s Pizza.

87 lots were featured in this year’s silent auction and included artwork and lifestyle items from regional artists and businesses. This year’s top items were artwork: the highest bid went to Cubs the Poet’s “The Zulu Queen,” and the second highest sold item was Jennifer Odem’s “Underpinning.”

2022 Magnolia Ball Co-Chairs included: Wendell Brunios, Nathalie Simon, John Isiah Walton, Jennie Cannon West and Jason Richards.

Benefactors for this event included Eclectic Home, The Times-Picayune, Charles D. Urstadt & David Bernard, The Helis Foundation, St. Charles Avenue Magazine and Michael Wilkinson. 

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

Wendo Brunior, Jennie Cannon West, Rene Lavoie, Nathalie Simon, Jason Richards

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

Huzefa Dossaji, Amanda Scott 

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

Elise Johns, Kristi Sanford

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

Lori Lapatka, Kelly Smith, Ashley Shabankereh, Justin Powers 

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

 Claire Blue, Andrew Lamar Hopkins, Garlyn Gryder 

Ogden Museum's Magnolia Ball

Nicole Hershey, Dung Nguyen, Jade Aubert