Philanthropic Fun: Cultural Connections


The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Board of Managers honored its most generous supporters with a reception and dinner to celebrate the Circle Level members of the Historic Houses Society.

This year’s “Historic Houses Gala” was held at the recently renovated and impeccably decorated home of Anne and Sandy Villere. Stunning centerpieces from Mitch’s Flowers were used in the dining areas and fresh flowers and greens from the Villeres' own garden were used throughout.

Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group set up an impressive spread throughout the home with live action food stations, including Ralph’s on the Park making tuna tartare, a bistro table by Ralph Brennan Catering, Napoleon House with pork tenderloin, RBCE Pastry Team with an array of mini desserts and Brennan’s making bananas Foster on the pool deck.

Music was performed by Telthorse Studio Youth String Ensembles, made up of local high schoolers.

As favors, guests took home a copy of Creole Cookery, the 1885 cookbook published by The Christian Woman’s Exchange and one of the oldest cookbooks published in New Orleans, as well as a copy of Luxury, Inequity & Yellow Fever, which outlines the histories of both the Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House with stunning photography.

Betsy Nalty and Kit Fritchie served as Event Chairs. Sarah Young serves as President of The Women’s Exchange Board 2018-2019.

Joining the Historic Houses Society directly supports the mission of preserving New Orleans’ architectural and cultural heritage for future generations, as well as funds the museum’s growing array of important exhibitions and educational programming. This year, $115,000 was raised for these causes. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses
When: Thursday, November 15
Where: Home of Anne and Sandy Villere

Philanthropic Fun: Cultural Connections

Event Chair Kit Fritchie, Ralph Brennan and Event Chair Betsy Nalty

Philanthropic Fun: Cultural Connections

Holly Nieset, Betsey Todd, Executive Director Megan Koza Mitchell and Sarah Young


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