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“Mystery, Moonlight and Magnolias” benefits old City Hall

Denham Springs, Louisiana

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Before and After Phase 1 Renovations

2008 Gala and Renovation Pictures-New



After more than a decade of efforts by many volunteers and the City of Denham Springs, the renovation of the old City Hall on Mattie Street is almost finished. The exterior and interior renovations, including the addition of an elevator, have been funded mainly by the city. However, the building will need furniture and other interior furnishings, and the grounds need landscaping. The Denham Springs Main Street Commission is hosting a gala August 15 at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs to raise funds for those purposes.


The gala,“Mystery, Moonlight and Magnolias” will include a “murder” mystery dinner, silent and live auctions and music by Sweet Kathleen. Special guest of honor, Lionel Kabel, Sr., the first Main Street Commission Chairman, will be recognized for his pioneering efforts and years of dedication to the preservation of old City Hall. Tickets are $50 each.


Several years ago, Kabel, a local historian and renown artist, created a painting of old City Hall as it would have looked shortly after it was built in 1940. Prints of the painting will be available at the gala; Kabel donates the proceeds of sales of the prints to the renovation fund.


A variety of donated items will be sold during a silent auction, while sponsorship of the two jail cells in Old City Hall will be sold in a live auction. Engraved brick pavers that will be used for paving outside Old City Hall will be available for $100 each.


Major sponsorships are being solicited at the following levels:


Platinum - $2,500 plus – Sponsor receives eight event tickets with a reserved table, complimentary bottle

of champagne, commemorative Old City Hall print by artist Lionel Kabel, Sr. and an engraved brick paver.


Gold $1,000 to $2,499 – Receives two event tickets, a commemorative Old City Hall print by Lionel Kabel Sr.

and an engraved brick paver.


Silver $500 to $999 – Receives a commemorative Old City Hall print by Lionel Kabel, Sr. and an engraved

brick paver.


Bronze - $250 to $499 – Receives a commemorative Old City Hall print by Lionel Kabel, Sr.



All donations are tax deductible, and sponsorship donors will be included in all publications and advertising associated with the event. Anyone wishing to donate items for the silent auction, purchase tickets, bricks or a sponsorship, or needing more information, may call the Denham Springs Main Street office at 225-667-8308.

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