The ‘Mad-Hatter of charity auctions’ gives a 101

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- On the evening of Saturday, October 24, close to 500 patrons of the arts will gather at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for the "O What a Night!" gala. A thrilling centerpiece of the gala is a spirited live auction presided over by "The Mad-Hatter of charity auctions" CK Swett.

Swett got his title during an interview with MSNBC when he wore a hat after drinking his typical double espresso before performing.

During auction season, Swett averages about 1.5 auctions per week. He warms up with tongue twisters, that he claims to be the success to public speaking as well. His most recent accomplishment was auctioning off Usher for $60,000.

News With a Twist reporter Meghan Kluth gave Swett's job a try, but maybe she should stick to TV reporter.

"O What a Night!" gala

The "O What a Night!" gala is catered by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery. The event features a live auction of unique art pieces. The proceeds will all benefit the education program associated with the museum.

If you would rather bid from the comfort of your home, the online auction can be found at here.

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