A Night at the Museum Gala

The Bayou Teche Museum is gearing up for our next Gala: Party Like You Love the Museum to be held on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

Our goal is to raise the funds necessary to not only cover our annual operating expenses and exhibit enhancements but also to continue the expansion into the adjacent Donald “Doc” Voorhies wing, future home of the Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco exhibit. We need your help now more than ever. We hope that you will find it in your hearts to continue your annual pledge and renew your membership at the same level as in previous years. Our success and expansion depend on your continued support.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend, please call the Museum or email us at [email protected].

Fundraising Auctions

Our fundraising live auction with auctioneer Senator Fred Mills features one-of-a-kind items and experiences you can only get through the Museum, from trips off the beaten path and behind the scenes to original art pieces, exclusive dinners and adventures. And our silent on-line auction is full of regional treasures you won’t want to miss. You can access the silent auction at https://teche.cbo.io

And our LIVE auction items available at the Gala on February 9th…..

Live Auction Items

Top Shot Day with Representative Blake Miguez

You may not become an overnight sensation as a marksman, but this should get you started in that direction! You and three of your friends will join former Top Shot Reality TV Star and State Representative, Blake Miguez at an experience you won’t soon forget. In August of this year, you will join Blake and others for a day of creative marksmanship, including various gun categories and festivities for the whole family. At the event you will get the opportunity to shoot a machine gun which is always a fun favorite. Guns and Ammo are provided for the experience as well as food, drinks, T-shirts entertainment and so much more. The site is Sentry Defense in Youngsville.


VALUE: $1,500                   I               MINIMUM BID: $ 750

His & Her Custom Hats from Colby H

Colby Hébert is the hottest fashionista right now and his personalized, hand-made chapeaux are being sought out by people across the country. Colby’s custom hats are inspired directly by the individuals he designs them for; yet each one is also a representation of South Louisiana.

We may be living in the 21st century, Colby Hébert, is still drinking rum, smoking on a corncob pipe, and making each hat by hand. Enter his shop and discover a world within worlds, one where you get to wear the story, as redefined by you.


VALUE: $1,500                   I               MINIMUM BID: $750

Dinner and Overnight Stay for 18 at the “New” Albania Plantation

Terry & Liz Creel recently purchased the amazing Albania Plantation and continued to tweak and upgrade EVERYTHING! The home now features nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms on her three floors, new landscaping and so much more.  If you thought Albania was impressive before, just wait! Dinner for 18 with a customized menu by Chef Alex Patout will also be provided that night.


VALUE: $5,500                   I               MINIMUM BID: $2,750

Dinner for 8 at Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world hand-cut in-house every day, savory wood-grilled specialties and locally-created, seasonal Partner Selection dishes featuring the highest-quality and freshest ingredients.  Dinner is an excursion including appetizers, entrees, hand-crafted martinis and wine.


VALUE: $1,500                                   I               MINIMUM BID: $ 750

Fabulous week in Florida at a Prestigious 30A Resort

30A is like nowhere else in the world, with its combination of picture-perfect white sand beaches and aqua blue Gulf, coastal forests and coastal dune lakes, state parks, festivals and events. This Gulf Front Luxury Condo offers panoramic Gulf views, coastal chic interior and heated pool and these are only a few outstanding amenities that make this gated community residence an incredible vacation spot.  The Condo sleeps 10 in three bedrooms with three bathrooms and is close to Alys Beach, shopping and dining. Reserved dates to be mutually agreed on.


VALUE: $6,000                   I               MINIMUM BID: $3,000

12 Double Dates includes Dinners for 4 Each Month

A different restaurant with dinner for 4 each month for a year! Restaurants include Antoni’s Italian Restaurant, Café Sydnie Mae, Yellow Bowl, Buck & Johnny’s, Preservation Bar & Grill and more….


VALUE: $2,400                   I               MINIMUM BID: $1,200

An Original Painting by Jerome Weber   

“Oh We Love the Halls of Mt. Carmel”

An original oil painting from a spectacular aerial view of Mt. Carmel Academy on the banks of the Bayou Teche in New Iberia, 40” X 30”


VALUE: $3,000                   I               MINIMUM BID: $1,500

A Four-Poster Canopy Chippendale Mahogany Bed, made by Kittinger for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Original Bed: American, circa 1760-1775, Chippendale

The original of this four-poster canopy, double bedstead was made in New England in the second half of the eighteenth century. Reproduced in solid mahogany, it has a flat canopy and tapered bedposts united by an arched headboard. Fluted foot posts end in cabriole legs with bold ball and claw feet.

Measurements: Height 87 ¾ inches, Width 61 ½ inches, Length: 82 ¼ inches


VALUE: $4,000                   I               MINIMUM BID: $2,000

A Bad Day of Fishing is Better than a Good Day at Work!

Plan a fishing trip for four in the legendary fishing territory of Cypremort Point. Anglers from around the world come to the Pelican State for the abundance of fishing opportunities. Hugh Andre, owner of Cane Row Golf & Turf Club will host you and three guests to an overnight stay, including dinner, at his Camp at the Point with a Snapper fishing trip the following day.


VALUE: $2,500                                   I               MINIMUM BID: $1,250

A Night at the Museum

Host a party for your company, family or friends in the new extension of the Museum, the Doc Voorhies Wing. Perfect downtown location offers a sleek interior to host 100 guests for a day or night event. Although food and beverages aren’t included, tables and chairs will be.


VALUE:  $1,500                                  I               MINIMUM BID:  $ 750

An Original Created-On-Site Painting by Adrian Fulton

Always a highlight of the evening, Adrian is still fine-tuning his theme for this year!


VALUE: $4,000                   I               MINIMUM BID: $2,000

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Additional fundraising efforts include lecture series, bi-annual bridge parties, summer camps, and more, right here at the museum.

For more information on our activities please by call or email.

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Moe & Jeanne Allain

Beau & Kaci Beaulieu

Martha Brown

Selena Chaisson & Beyond Cancer

Kyle Cox

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Ronsonet

David Dahlquist & Mary Ubinas

Phil Haney

Cathy & John Indest

Tommy & Annette Ronsonet

Judge & Mrs. Robert Segura

Jerry & Beverly Shea

Stewart & Becky Shea

Kate & Lionel Sutton & Family

Katy & Lawrence Svendson

Suzy Shea Kimball

Greg & Ellen Mullen

Michael Maraist

Aaron Ogea

Seb & Leslie Patout

Bill & Virginia Potoki

Patti & Mitch Reed

Jerry & Boni Ritter

Katy & Lawrence Svendson

Additional fundraising efforts include a bi-annual bridge partysummer camps, lecture series and more, right here at the museum.

For more information on our activities please by call or email.