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Join us as we honor and celebrate outstanding preservationists from around the state at the 38th annual Preservation Gala.

The Georgia Trust is excited to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Preservation Gala with a Tivolian Festa. Join us at one of Atlanta’s most impressive homes, the historic “Pink Castle,” designed by the noted architecture firm of Hentz, Reid and Adler. Guests will enjoy the exquisite architecture of this Italianate masterpiece, impressive Baroque style gardens, fine Italian fare, vino and live entertainment as they are transported to Tivoli!

This Italian-themed evening will honor outstanding preservationists from Georgia including Barbara and Les Callahan of Atlanta, homeowners Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki of Atlanta, and Jerry Lominack of Savannah. Event chair Jenny Wheatley Fletcher promises a night to remember!

Ticket sales close on May 6, 11:59 p.m. The address and event details will be emailed to attendees the week of the event. If you have not received the email, please check your spam box. If you still don’t have it, email

Dress is cocktail attire.

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Patron Levels
$5,000 Patron (includes table for 8) – SOLD OUT
$2,000 Patron (includes 4 tickets)
$1,000 Patron (includes 2 tickets)
$600 Host (includes 2 tickets)

Step Into Elegance

Sponsors and patrons will have exclusive access to explore the Pink Castle’s gracious main floor interior spaces during the Preview Party, with the main event immediately following. Sip a classic Italian cocktail al fresco on the secluded terrace and descend the double-curving stairs to the boxwood gardens. Explore the home from the garden façade that once was approached through the stately entrance gates that are still standing on West Paces Ferry.

Becoming a Patron or Sponsor of a Tivolian Festa will be your only opportunity to experience the interior of this magnificent estate, impeccably designed by renowned designer and homeowner Melanie Turner.

Address and event details will be emailed to registrants the week of the event.

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Photo depicts furnishings from previous owners.

Set at one of Atlanta’s architectural masterpieces

The lovingly restored 1923 Pink Castle will be the setting for the Trust’s 38th annual Preservation Gala, Tivolian Festa, an Italian-themed celebration. 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.

Experience Exquisite Grandeur

During the event, guests will be free to wander the property’s impressive, stunning gardens and 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. Dress is cocktail attire.

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.

Special thanks to our sponsors!







Catering Sponsors

Generous thanks to our patrons!

Juliet and John Allan
Jenny Wheatley Fletcher
Sherry and John Lundeen

Christina and Paul Blackney
Barbara and Les Callahan
Pavielle and Cedrick Dortch
Elizabeth and Sheffield Hale
Frances and Nat Hansford
Libby and Ira Levy
James B. Miller, Jr.
Carey and Bill Peard
Susan and Ted Pound
Art and Cathy Rollins
Mary Aiken Wright

Teri and Mose Bond
Suzette and Stan Brading
Kathy and Norris Broyles
Courtney and Patrick Deveau
Patty and Todd Deveau
Triska Drake and G. Kimbrough Taylor
Mindy and Mike Egan
Friend of the Georgia Trust
Sally and Carl Gable
Jane Price Harmon and Mikell Jones
Paula D. Hill
Christopher Howard and Carey Pickard
Caroline H. Howell
Elena Kaplan
Kathy and Richard Lee
Lori Lucas
Elvira and Jay Mannelly
Charlotte and Bob Margolin
Carmie and Mark McDonald
Betsy and Sandy Morehouse
Jennifer Murray and Marc Dobiecki
Caroline and Charles Neal
Cynthia and Wayne Pierce
Jane and Everett Royal
Peggy and John Shepard
Caryl and Kendrick Smith
David A. Smith
Dean and Bronson Smith
Roger J. Smith
Susan Starr
Tom B. Wight

Dana and David Aldridge
Patricia Ayres and John Spinrad
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Boden III
Merritt Bond
Sara and Keith Chambless
Elizabeth and William deGolian
Amy and Walter Grice
Ellen and Kevin Hayes
Laura Howard
Cathy LaMon and Bob Seymour
Charlotte Lee and Ron Turbayne
Maria McLaurin
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McTier
Lane and Mark Murrah
Elizabeth and Michael Nadal
Nancy and Boyce Norris, Jr.
Terry and Wes Vawter
Dana Watkins
Marion and Hamilton Williams
Carolyn Wills
Kim and Knox Wilmer
Dr. Trevor Woodhams and Jane Woodhams