CANCELLED: Preservation Gala

The Georgia Trust continues to monitor news and updates surrounding COVID-19 from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Preservation, and the World Health Organization. In light of recent developments, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Preservation Gala scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020. 

We regret that we will not be able to host our trademark event, and we are evaluating the significant financial impact this cancellation will impose on our programs and organization. Unfortunately, most of the expenses for the event have already been incurred. We want you to know that all Gala gifts will be 100% tax deductible and will go towards our mission to reuse, reinvest and revitalize Georgia historic resources. We greatly appreciate your continued support of the organization.

Please know that we share your disappointment. Our outstanding honorees, event chairs, volunteers, and staff have worked tirelessly for more than a year; however, the safety, health and well-being of everyone continues to be the Trust’s top priority.

We will be evaluating upcoming events, both short-term and long-term, and will keep everyone notified.

Thank you for your understanding.

Escape into Elegance: A Venetian Carnival
March 14, 2020

The Pink Castle
Atlanta, GA
Join us as we honor and celebrate outstanding preservationists from around the state at the 36th annual Preservation Gala.

Enjoy an evening of fine food, cocktails and dancing at the stunning Pink Castle. Originally owned by the Calhoun family, the historic house is one of Atlanta’s most impressive homes designed by the noted architecture firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler. Event chairs, Juliet and John Allan of Atlanta, promise a night to remember!

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Patron Levels
Venetians – $5,000 (patron level includes table for 8)
San Marcos – $2,000 (patron level includes 4 tickets)
Piazzas – $1,000 (patron level includes 2 tickets)
Gondoliers – $600 (host committee includes 2 tickets)

Individual tickets – $100-250

Barbara and Les Callahan, Atlanta
Jerry Lominack, Savannah
Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki, Atlanta

Gala Chairs:
Juliet and John Allan, Atlanta

Step inside one of Atlanta’s architectural masterpieces.

The lovingly restored 1923 Pink Castle will be the setting for the Trust’s 36th annual Preservation Gala, where guests will escape into elegance at the Venetian Carnival-themed event. Designed by the noted architecture firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler, the home was built on 100 acres on West Paces Ferry Road in the Italian baroque style reminiscent of villas in Northern Italy. The uniquely detailed house features 12,000 square feet, a breathtaking Allyn Cox mural, Italian tile roof and impressive baroque style gardens.

In its nearly 100-year history, the home has been owned by only three families: the Calhouns, Thornwells, and now, Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki, who have meticulously restored it to its former grandeur.

During the event, guests are free to wander the property, exploring the home’s gracious main floor interior spaces and impressive outdoor areas.

Small plate stations will feature an array of fine Italian fare, and several bars will offer your choice of libation, including the evening’s signature cocktail. Live music will fill the air and revelers will dance the evening away at the magnificent estate.

Masks optional

Be prepared to see many elaborate masks at this year’s Preservation Gala. Guests will escape into elegance at the Venetian Carnival-themed event.

Although the original reason for wearing masks in Venice is unclear, the Venetian Carnival itself dates to 1162 when the Republic of Venice won a battle against the Patriarch of Aquileia. The annual celebration continued for hundreds of years until it was outlawed by the Austrian government (which then ruled Venice) in 1797, at which point mask-wearing became a restricted practice. It wasn’t until 1979 that the Venetian Carnival was revived by the Italian government, and today, revelers parade the streets and canals in extravagant costumes and masks, continuing a centuries-old tradition.

John and Juliet Allan, Preservation Gala Event Chairs

About the Preservation Gala

The Georgia Trust’s annual Preservation Gala is a night of lively entertainment and culinary delights from Atlanta’s top caterers. Attendees enjoy fine cuisine, cocktails and music. Dress is cocktail attire.

The Georgia Trust first held a Preservation Ball in 1984 and since then it has been staged at several different venues, including the Georgia State Capitol, the Georgian Terrace Hotel, the Biltmore Ballrooms and Ivy Hall.

This event is held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.

Image at top by Sara Hanna, Simply Buckhead

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!








Catering Sponsors

Generous Thanks to our Patrons

Juliet and John Allan
Barbara and Leslie G. Callahan III
Sherry and John Lundeen
Nancy and Larry Mansfield

San Marcos
Christina and Paul Blackney
Lisa and Bill Douglas
Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher
Elizabeth and Sheffield Hale
Karen and Jeb Hughes
Elena Kaplan
Betsy and Sandy Morehouse
Jennifer Murray and Marc Dobiecki
Carey and Bill Peard
Dorothy and Miles Snowden

Blain and Ivan Allen
Marcia Bansley
Teri and Mose Bond
Kathy and Norris Broyles
Mr. and Mrs. J. William Butler
Triska Drake and Kim Taylor
Harriet Ellis
Jane and Charlie Garbutt
Frances and Nat Hansford
Caroline Howell
Diane Lewis
Constance and Dale Lewis
Carmie and Mark McDonald
Ryan Millsap
Carey Pickard
Carolyn Rountree
Scottie and Chris Schoen
David A. Smith
Caryl and E. Kendrick Smith
Dean and Bronson Smith
Susan Starr
Tom B. Wight
The Georgia Trust Staff

Elizabeth Ansley Allan
Mickey Betts and Ric Wilson
Merritt Bond
Patty and Todd Deveau
Elizabeth DuBose and Mark Frissell
Frances and Michael Flock
Sally and Carl Gable
Ellen and Kevin Hayes
Dr. and Mrs. Peter O. Holliday III
Christine D. Lambert
Cathy LaMon and Robert Seymour
Charlotte Lee and Ron Turbayne
Elizabeth A. Lyon
Elvira and Jay Mannelly
Irene and John McClatchey
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McTier
Elizabeth and Mike Nadal
Katrina and Floyd Newton
Cynda and Wayne Pierce
Kathi and Al Pond
Janet and Chip Roach
Jane and James Sibley
Jane Fickling Skinner
Patricia Ayres Spinrad and John Spinrad
Alethia and Stanley Thompson
Kim and Knox Wilmer