ROSWELL, Ga. — Dozens of community and civic leaders met at the Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta June 22 to celebrate the 34th annual Magnolia Ball.

All proceeds from the ball went toward scholarship support for the historical, environmental and educational programs offered at Bulloch Hall. A top priority this year was the continued preservation of the historic home’s property, including Orchard Hill.

“Bulloch Hall is so special to so many of us,” said Sponsor Chair Bob Hagan. “It really shows by the attendance tonight.”

The Friends of Bulloch and Malon D. Mimms served as hosts for the 2019 Magnolia Ball. Festivities included a live and silent auction along with music by the Fly Betty Band. 

Bulloch Hall, a Greek Revival home, is one of Roswell’s Southern Trilogy of Historic House Museums. It’s best known as the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Theodore Roosevelt. Bulloch Hall was built in 1839 by the slaves of Maj. James Stephens Bulloch, one of Roswell’s first settlers and grandson of Georgia’s first governor Archibald Bulloch.  

When the City of Roswell bought Bulloch Hall, it had fallen into disrepair, Hagan said. The floors of the historic home needed to be redone, and the Friends of Bulloch made sure to save a handful of pieces from the library’s floor, he said.

That wood was turned into an ink pen that Hagan presented to Mimms, the presenting sponsor for the evening, as a thank you present.

“[Malon] loves Bulloch Hall,” Hagan said. “He is a very, very special man, not only to Bulloch Hall but to the Roswell community. Malon is a mentor of mine. I love him dearly for what he stands for, for what he does in our community and for what he does with his family. He’s a wonderful person.”

Hagan also presented co-chairs Nancy Alterman and Karen Schwank with a glass-blown magnolia from FlameTree Glass. 

A third glass-blown magnolia was auctioned off during the night’s festivities. 

The Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation and Roswell Neighbor were platinum sponsors for the 2019 Magnolia Ball. Gold sponsors included Alterman Consulting, Blake Turner — Lincoln Capital Advisors, Omega Diamond Jewelers, Mary Robichaux and Roswell Rotary. Silver sponsors included Sandy Buhler; Jackie and Bruce Collopy; Fidelity Bank — Jim Miller; Nancy and Lew Gray; Betty and Tom Price; Miles, Hansford, Tallent, LLC; Karen and Charlie Schwank; Synovus; and Ginger and Kyle Woods.

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