Philanthropic Fun: Haunting Historical Homes

The upkeep and restoration of the historic Women’s Guild Home, a museum listed on the U.S. register of historic places, is made possible by benefits such as “A Haunting Affair.” The program took place in a hauntingly beautiful 1859 Uptown mansion decorated by Women’s Guild volunteers.

Republic National Distributing Co. created specialty cocktails, and Christian Karcher provided a buffet including appetizers of pan seared mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce, mozzarella skewers, pan seared hoisin Gulf shrimp skewers and spinach and feta spanakopita; a salad course; the main course featuring Louisiana Gulf shrimp and country green onion sausage en cocotte, New Orleans-style grillades and Southern creamy grits with white cheddar and fresh corn; and a dessert of Christian’s white chocolate bread pudding and Bourbon sauce, and mini chocolate and Grand Marinier mousses.

The Yat Pack provided entertainment for all 110 attendees. A fun photo booth was the scene of wacky costumes and a fortune teller was on hand to tell the guests’ fortunes – and possible misfortunes!

An auction offered prizes including a 14 karat white gold and diamond necklace from Lee Michaels, 12 months of cakes from Maurice’s French Bakery, a weekend stay at the Columns Hotel and a large liquor basket.

At the helm of this year’s program were Dr. Jane Miller and Maryflynn Thomas, with Women’s Guild President Karen Villavaso. The presenting sponsors were The Goldring Foundation, Ms. Betty Brooks and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. 

Event at a Glance

What: “A Haunting Affair,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association

When: Saturday, October 26

Where: Private Uptown home

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Pat Williamson and Co-Chair Dr. Jane Miller  

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 “Most Beautiful” winner Kelley and Aaron Levy


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