January 22 2024 | news

Galatoire Foundation Raises Over $250,000 at Mardi Gras Table Auction

Ruthie Winston auctioning tables at the Galatoire’s Mardi Gras Table Auction on January 9, 2024
Ruthie Winston auctioning tables at the Galatoire’s Mardi Gras Table Auction on January 9, 2024

NEW ORLEANS – Jan. 10, 2024 – Galatoire Foundation raised more than a quarter of a million dollars at its annual Mardi Gras Table Auction, held Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024 in Galatoire’s historic first floor main dining room. The highest bid of the night was an astounding $34,000 for a 12-person table. Combined with the Christmas Auction held in December, more than $380,000 was raised for this year’s beneficiaries.

New this year, the festivities started with a cocktail hour in Bar 33 followed by an energetic evening filled with lively competitive bidding, complemented by Galatoire's renowned hors d'oeuvres and premium champagne.

Money raised during the year’s table auctions benefit Galatoire Foundation and 10 other local non-profits — including two table partners, Bayou District FoundationNAMI New Orleans — and eight micro grant recipients, Electric GirlsGirls on the RunHistoric BK House and GardensHotel HopeProject LazarusRaphael VillageSt. Michael Special School and YEAH! YOGA.

“We are continuously blown away by the generosity of our devoted Galatoire’s patrons. It is because of them that we can support so many wonderful and timely organizations in our city,” said Melvin Rodrigue, Galatoire Foundation president. “The fact that we were able to raise over a quarter of a million dollars for the Mardi Gras table auction and more than $380,000 this auction season is truly incredible.”

Since 2006, Galatoire Foundation has organized annual Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions to assist in aiding local nonprofit organizations. To date, these auctions have generated over $3.8 million for charitable causes in the New Orleans area. The funds have made a positive impact on numerous initiatives, ranging from neighborhood rebuilding and crime prevention to supporting youth programs and fostering entrepreneurship efforts. Past recipients include Covenant House, Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré, Kingsley House, Dress for Success, Audubon Nature Institute, Liberty’s Kitchen, The Idea Village, The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and more.

Galatoire Foundation’s community involvement extends across south Louisiana, working through Galatoire’s, Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak and Galerie de Galatoire.


About Galatoire Foundation
Galatoire Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to giving back to the New Orleans community and region that has patronized Galatoire’s for generations, allowing us to secure generations to come and remain a cornerstone in representing Louisiana and its authentic culture. More information can be found here.

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