“We will honor the memory of the late philanthropist, Peter Abreu Sr. during this year’s event,” said Magnolia Ball committee member Bob Hagan in the invitation for the event.
Abreu, who died in August, “was a beloved friend of Bulloch Hall and Roswell,” Hagan said. “Peter loved Bulloch Hall and raised many funds over the years for its preservation and additional construction.”
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Roswell, the black-tie affair includes cocktails, live and silent auction, dinner and dancing to the band, Grapevine.
Among the raffle and auction prizes that evening are seven nights for four in Tuscany, Italy; six nights for two including meals at Zulu Nyala, South Africa; four days and three nights for up to eight on the Flying Viking Sailing Yacht in the British Virgin Islands; and a wine wall with around 70 bottles of wine.
Funds raised from this year’s Magnolia Ball will be dedicated to the restoration of the north side of the property known as Orchard Hill, which will be used as an outdoor classroom focusing on water conservation, native plants and a bog garden.
Located close to the pond will be a stone amphitheater and stage.
Orchard Hill will be the entrance to nature trails leading throughout Bulloch Hall’s 16 acres with points of interest including Grandma’s Tulip Tree and the Meditation Overlook.
The project would have pleased Abreu, Hagan said.
“With the creation of Orchard Hill, Peter’s memory and his love of the outdoors will continue. We have even transplanted some his beloved plants and trees from his Roswell grounds to Bulloch.
“Orchard Hill will be an everlasting tribute to a wonderful Roswell citizen.”
Reservations for the Magnolia Ball are $150 per person. For reservations, call Pam Billingsley at (770) 992-1731, ext. 2.