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Magnolias Bloom on the River

The Magnolia School hosted its annual “Moonlight on the River Gala.”

C.C. Langenstein, Marion and Lee Eagan

Photographed by Jeff Strout

The Magnolia School hosted its autumn gala on Friday, November 8, 2013. A private nonprofit organization, it provides support to adults with intellectual and development disabilities at 19 different group homes, centered at the former Whitehall Plantation in Jefferson.

Chaired by Jeanne Gallo, Patty Silva and Karen Oertling, the evening featured John “Spud” McConnell as master of ceremonies and a unique boutique experience by Special Creations. Guests were entertained by Groovy 7 and the 610 Stompers, and enjoyed a silent auction featuring a golf trip to Fort Meyers, 10 tailgate tickets to the WhoDat Shack for open bar and unlimited food and more. Edibles were contributed by Drago’s, Galatoire’s, Mr. Ed’s, Robert’s Fresh Market, Mondo and many other restaurants.

Proceeds of the evening went to renovating, updating and enhancing the horticulture program and its needs on the main campus. The evening was dedicated to Laney Langenstein, who raised the initial funds to build the original garden years ago. Also honored was Herbert Bergeron for his countless hours of volunteering over
the past year.


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: “All Saints Soiree,” benefiting Save Our Cemeteries
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Where: St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

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