A Musical Milestone

The sold-out 20th annual “Pasta & Puccini” was held in the New Jefferson Performing Arts Center, which had just followed an outstanding season opening production of My Fair Lady.

Co-Chairs Gerri and Murray Valene graciously welcomed guests into the venue, where libations and food stations were set up on the first and second floors. Sponsors and patrons were served in a VIP area.

Following libations and food, the performance began in the theater. Maestro Dennis Assaf conducted the JPAS Symphony Orchestra and accompanying guest vocalists with offerings from the season’s productions and children’s theater groups.

The silent and live auctions offered an array of art and prizes. Live auction items garnering top bids included Hunt Slomen’s “Bayou Teche” painting, art by James Michalopoulas, a Brazilian emerald and diamond ring from Symmetry and round-trip tickets to San Francisco with a two-night stay at The Fairmont on Nob Hill and two nights in Sonoma.

The raffle also created excitement with a New York City theater experience, which included round-trip tickets for two, a three-night stay at the Marriott Marquis and two tickets to two Broadway shows.

JPAS would like to give thanks and appreciation to presenting sponsor Jeri Nims, Henry and Pat Shane, First NBC, Raymond James at the Galleria, Entergy, Adams and Reese, the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation and Herman, among others.


What: 20th annual “Pasta & Puccini,” benefiting the Jefferson Performing Arts Center
When: Friday, October 16
Where: Jefferson Performing Arts Center


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