Each year, the Galatoire Foundation holds Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions to assist in supporting local non-profit organizations. Started in 2006, the Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions have raised more than $1.7 million for local charities. Each fun and lively auction allows guests the opportunity to reserve a table on Galatoire’s famed first floor the Fridays before Christmas and Mardi Gras, which are two of the busiest days for the restaurant.
The Galatoire Foundation raised $148,000 at its annual Mardi Gras Auction, held on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in the famed Galatoire’s first floor dining room. There were 77 paddles sold for this year’s Mardi Gras Auction where the largest bid of the night rang in at $13,000 for the only table of 12 in the restaurant. Together, last season’s Christmas Auction and Mardi Gras Auctions raised more than $200,000 benefitting local organizations.
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2020 Table Auction
Galatoire’s Restaurant and The Galatoire Foundation are pleased to announce that this year seven nonprofits have been chosen as beneficiaries of its annual Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions. In years past, two recipients have been chosen as beneficiaries.
“The last few years the auctions have been so huge, it’s created the opportunity to reach more people. This year we decided to share the money raised among seven total beneficiaries,” said Melvin Rodrigue, Galatoire Foundation President. “Each is deserving of these funds, which our loyal customers are always so gracious to bestow. We’re excited to expand our reach in the New Orleans community with the addition of the five grant recipients this year.”
The two nonprofits chosen as “Auction Partners” are Roots of Music and Junior Achievement. The other five “Grant Recipients” are Big Sky Ranch, Girls on the Run, Giving Hope, Bridge House/Grace House and the New Orleans Ballet Association.
Since the inception, all proceeds have benefitted nearly two dozen New Orleans-area charitable organizations, from neighborhood rebuilding projects and crime prevention to youth programs and entrepreneurship efforts. Past recipients have included Dress for Success, Audubon Nature Institute, Liberty’s Kitchen, The Idea Village, The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation and more. In the 2018 - 2019 season, the auctions raised more than $200,000. The Galatoire Foundation has been dedicated to giving back to the New Orleans community and region that has patronized Galatoire’s for generations.
“Two times a year 162 seats get auctioned off,” said Rodrigue. “As a foundation and as a restaurant, we do our very best to make the charities timely and about things that are important in the community. We are pleased to have this year’s auctions benefit a variety of wonderful organizations that make our local community the very best it can be.”