Philanthropic Fun: Art Advocates

Over 700 patrons attended The NOCCA Institute’s “Art & Soul” gala.
NOCCA Founder Shirley Trusty Corey with Dr. Steve and Kathy Price

“Art & Soul,” presented by the The James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation, raised $315,000 for The NOCCA Institute and its programs for NOCCA students, faculty and the community. Whimsical springtime décor, including colorful floral arrangements with birds and flowers, created a festive scene.

Jesse McBride Presents The Next Generation provided music at the Patron Party, followed by Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Big Freedia at the gala. The Merry Antoinettes made a special appearance with costumes created especially for the gala, representing each of the 11 arts disciplines offered at NOCCA. Elektra Cosmetics Glitter Bar also entertained.

Food came from 27 vendors, with featured dishes including a roasted whole hog from Cochon; shrimp rings with finger lime cocktail from Restaurant August; salt-roasted red snapper with salsa verde from Emeril’s NOLA; and a Louisiana seafood raw bar (with oysters and shrimp provided by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board) and snowballs prepared by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students.

The silent auction featured 311 items, including a guest riding membership for two and table for 10 at the Orpheuscapade, donated by the Krewe of Orpheus. The live auction, with auctioneers Claire Elizabeth Thriffley and Mark Romig, featured three items, including a private dinner for ten prepared by Chef Frank Brigtsen.

“Art & Soul” was Co-Chaired by Shanekah Johnson (Vocal Music, ‘01) and Nicole M. Regan. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Art & Soul,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute
When: Saturday, May 12
Where: Press Street Station

Kelly Brown, chef Frank Brigtsen and James Brown 
Gregory Morey with Debbie and Bobby Patrick 
Linda Christovich, Anne Raymond and Dana Douglas 
 Sidney Torres, Rita and Floyd Gue and Bill Haines
 Anne and Paul Candies