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In Loving Memory

Home for the Holidays pays tribute to a dearly departed artist.

Dr. Randy Sassone, Denise Sassone, Sally Perry and Oley Sassone

Melissa Calico

When Daniel Price, a NOCCA alumnus and New Orleans native, was murdered at the age of 28 in San Francisco, he left behind the legacy of a talented artist and loving husband, brother, son and friend.

The Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists was created in his honor to give exceptional fine arts graduates of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts an opportunity to pursue higher educational studies in the fine arts.

On December 23, 2010, the NOCCA Institute, House of Blues and Price’s family hosted Home for the Holidays at House of Blues. The event began with a patron party at 6 p.m., which was complete with a performance by the NOCCA Jazz Band and John Boutte; at 7:30 the main event kicked off with performances by Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and the Jonathan Batiste Band, among other special guests. Notable attendees included members of Price’s family, including Steve Price and Christopher Price, as well
as NOCCA Institute Director Sally Perry. 

The event, which has become a spectacular night combining art, music and philanthropy, honors Price’s memory and raises funds for the students who will carry on his spirit through their own artistic endeavors.

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