Trips, custom designed couture gown, private, chef-created dinner parties among Save the Hall Ball auction items Saturday

Published 9:28 pm Thursday, February 29, 2024

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NATCHEZ — Some once-in-a-lifetime trips and gifts will be auctioned off on Saturday at the Save the Hall Ball Saturday night.

The Save the Hall Ball is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Pilgrimage Garden Club, which benefits preservation efforts at Stanton Hall and Longwood. The black tie affair begins at 8 p.m. and ends with a late night brunch at midnight at The Carriage House, 401 High St.

The dance band Radio Incorporated with provide entertain. Tickets are $100 each.

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Honorary chairmen for this year’s Ball are John and Valerie Bergeron and Wes and Tammy Pack.

Auction items include a one-week stay during the month of April in the Hamptons. The stay is in Ocean Road Escape, a beautifully restored 1860s barn home in Bridgehampton, New York, with four bedrooms and three baths on 1.5 acres of property.

Other trips are included, too, including a deer hunting trip to Rifle Point, a one week stay at the Deer Valley Luxury Retreat in Deer Valley, Utah, a three-night stay in Costa Rica and a three-night stay in a four-bedroom condo at The Enclave in Orange Beach.

Another prized auction item getting lots of buzz on social media is a custom-designed evening gown by Natchez’s own Laine Berry of Restoration Nation and Restoring Hope.

Berry at one time was a couture gown designer.

“I am so excited to be offering something extra special for the auction this year, a custom-designed, one of a kind Laine Berry Couture gown,” Berry said. “Think your daughter might be on the Royal Court next year? Or maybe you want something extra special for Royalty Ball or Save the Hall Ball next year. I can’t wait to see who I’ll be creating something spectacular for!”

Tickets for the event are $100 and are still available. For more information, call the Pilgrimage Garden Club headquarters or email

A complete list of auction items that benefit historic preservation includes:

· 1 week stay during the month of April 2023 in the Hampton’s. Beautifully restored 1860’s barn/home in Bridgehampton, NY 4 bedroom/3 bath on 1.5 acres – Ocean Road Escape

· Custom-designed Evening Gown

· Flights over Natchez

· Painting: Roane F. Byrnes’ Magic Bird on Chinese Cloisonne Sideboard (Sweet Auntie’s Magic Bird)

· 2-night stay in the King Suite at The Big Muddy Inn (excludes Balloon Race weekend and Concert weekends)

· Wine and cheese party for 10 at the Nest

· Bob Canon Art

· 2 Patron Tickets to Toast to the Coast 10/18/2024

· L’Objet Evoca 16″ Oval Platter

· Custom Bronze Sculpture up to 24″ – Winner selects the style and subject.

· Tickets for 2 to the PGC Kentucky Derby Party

· Handcrafted Maple Bowl, Black Walnut Salad Set

· Mississippi Tea Towel

· Copy of the Mississippi Portraiture Book (out of print)

· 1942 Annual Natchez Spring Pilgrimage Poster

· 1939 Annual Natchez Spring Pilgrimage Poster

· Sterling Silver Fish Servers

· Traeger Grill

· Whiting & Davis Co. Audrey Art Deco mesh clutch bag with chain shoulder strap

· Whiting & Davis Audrey Art Deco long mesh earring in 22k gold and rhodium

· Ayala Champagne

· Natchez Little Theatre Benefactor season ticket – 2 tickets to 4 shows.

· Private Formal Dinner for 14 at The Briars on a date that doesn’t conflict with a prescheduled event

· Stanton Hall Pool Party for 10

· $50 Gift Card per month for one year to the Carriage House

· 2 tickets to the 3rd Annual Bob Canon Memorial Gospel Brunch August 18, 2024

· 3-night stay in 4-bedroom condo at The Enclave, Orange Beach, Alabama

· Natchez Balloon Races Festival Package – 2 weekend passes, poster & 2 t-shirts

· Champagne & Canapes by the Pool at The Burn for 8 – 10 people (preferably a Sunday evening)

· White Linen Settee

· Sunset Flight over Natchez

· $200 Gift Certificate and Sugar body wash gift set

· $150 Gift Certificate Lindsey Edwards

· Brunch and Mimosas for 12 at Lansdowne Plantation includes tour, date mutually agreed upon between winner and homeowner

· In-Office Teeth Whitening

· 5 in-studio Yoga classes, additional 5 in-studio classes for a guest (to be used within 90 days of event)

· 2 dozen variety macarons

· Flowers by the Month

· 2 $100 Gift card for GoMart, $50 gift card for On-The-Go Deli, and $50 gift card to Wardo’s

· $50 Gift Card Molly Manning Robertson

· $100 Gift Certificate Katie’s Ladies

· Gift Basket

· Gift Basket of Goodies

· Earrings

· $75 Gift Certificate and Candle AGallerie

· Cigar Purse

· Granite Dog Bowl and $250 Gift Certificate toward $2,500 purchase

· Full Face Laser Resurfacing

· IPL Photo facial

· Helicopter ride for 2 (maximum 38” waist pp)

· Teeth Whitening

· 2 Private Pickleball Lessons

· $250 Gift Certificate Oopsie Daisy

· One Portrait Session and One 11×14 Sovereign Portrait

· $100 Gift Card and Gift Basket valued at $100 Church Hill Variety

· One Private Golf Lesson at Duncan Park

· Ray-Ban’s

· Pearl Earring and Necklace Set

· 14k white gold antique reproduction mounting which contains a peach tourmaline and .45 cts. in natural diamonds on 14k white gold chain

· 14×10 amethyst mounted in 10k white gold with .25 cts. in natural diamonds

· Rifle Point – 2 night/days (arrive noon on a Friday, depart noon on Sunday) of deer hunting for one hunter and a non-hunting guest at fabulous Rifle Point during the 2024 season (after Thanksgiving but before Christmas, specific date to be mutually agreed upon by winning bidder and the Meng family). Includes lodging and meals (excludes alcohol, guns, licenses, ammunition).

· Original Art by Debbie Willson

· One Week Stay at the Ultimate Deer Valley Luxury Retreat in Deer Valley, Utah. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Condo (Sleeps 4) September, October, November, 2024 (winner must pay $250 cleaning fee)

· Pilates classes – 4 drop ins

· 3-night stay for 2 Santarena Hotel, Guanacaste, Costa Rica & $250 GC from Las Catalinas Collection boutique

· Czechoslovakian Cut Crystal Jewelry Casket with Silver Fittings and Breakfast for Two at Historic Oak Hill

· A one-of-a-kind Tasting Experience at Natchez Olive Market

· Cake Platter

· Tiffany Pottery Vase