2018 ART&SOUL Gala

On Saturday, May 12, the James P. Raymond Foundation presented ART&SOUL, a benefit for The NOCCA Institute, chaired by Nicole Miller Regan (below, with husband John, far left) and Shanekah Johnson (Vocal Music, ’01 with husband Johmyrin, far right, flanking alumnus Adonis Rose, center). The opening patron party featured entertainment by Jesse McBride Presents The Next Generation. When the go-to galivanting ensued, the spotlight turned to Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Big Freedia and a special appearance by The Merry Antoinettes, who created costumes especially for ART&SOUL that represented each of the 11 arts disciplines offered at NOCCA. Chefs from 27 local restaurants rose to the fore with such featured dishes as a whole roasted hog, red snapper with salsa verde and a Louisiana raw seafood bar. Students in NOCCA’s Culinary Arts program provided specialty sno-balls to help keep the guests cool. With an attendance over 700 and a silent auction of over 300 items, ART&SOUL raised $315,000 to support the mission of The NOCCA Institute.

ART&SOUL 2019 is moving from May to March–Saturday, March 23, to be exact. Get your early bird tickets before prices increase on January 1 by calling 504-940-2851!

TITLE SPONSOR
James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation

PRODUCTION SERVICES
Solomon Group

GALA SPONSOR
Arlene & Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation

BRONZE SPONSORS
The Candies Family
Gregory Holt & Lucy Burnett
Patrick Family Foundation
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

MEDIA SPONSOR
The New Orleans Advocate

VARIETY SHOW SPONSORS
Chevron
Nicole & John Regan III
Joyce Schenewerk
Janine Guzzo & Stephen Stryjewski

AUCTION SPONSORS
Hancock Whitney Bank

BEER SPONSOR
Abita Beer

PEARL SPONSOR
Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board

STARRING ROLE
Ajax Holdings
Marion & Pepper Bright
EZ Parker
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
IBERIABANK
The Jaffe Family
Jones Walker LLP
MCC Real Estate Group
Gregory Morey & Scott James
Rotary Club of the Westbank
The Solomon Family
Tom & Mary-Kate Tews Fund
Pam & Warner Williams

CHORUS LINE
Adams and Reese, LLP
The Berger & Tiller Family
John Kerry Clayton
Milly & George Denegre
Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern
Fogo de Cháo Churrascaria
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Frazee
Denise & Bruce Germer
Sundiata Haley
John C. Williams Architects
Kabacoff Foundation
Kirschman Foundation for Health and Education
Mark B. Kline
Wilfred M. Kullman Jr.
Levy & Associates
Liskow & Lewis
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
New York Life Insurance
Sally Perry & Oley Sassone
Enola & Joey Richard
RPM Associates
Lisa & Rob Sanders
Madalyn & Robert Schenk
David Schulingkamp
Midor Tajiri-Byrd
Sarah Newell Usdin & Tommy Usdin
Michelle & Kyle Wedberg