Sarah Abbott Price, Tracy Sudderth and Kathy and Dr. Steve Price


Heading into its 14th year, “Home for the Holidays," hosted at the New Orleans House of Blues, is a party with a purpose. The gala raises money for the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, established by the family of NOCCA alum Daniel Price. In keeping with Daniel’s passions for art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. More than 800 patrons attended the gala.

The Patron Party preceding the event featured a performance by the legendary Irma Thomas. Guests also enjoyed a buffet with holiday treats made by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students. In addition to the open bars, there was a silent auction featuring artwork by Daniel Price Award recipients.

House of Blues provided food and beverages for the gala, which featured a host of powerful performances. Participating artists included: Trombone Shorty and special guests, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, Sweet Crude, New Breeds Brass Band, David Shaw, Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Eric Lindell, Ivan Neville, James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars, Jon Roniger and Emcee Gralen Banks.

Auction items included original artwork by Gunner Dongieux, Garland Robinette, Louis Colmenares, Ayo Scott and emerging young artist and NOCCA graduate Jeffie Lanter.

This year raised a record $41,000 for the fund.


Event at a Glance

What: “Home for the Holidays benefiting The NOCCA Institute
When: Friday, December 22, 2017
Where: House of Blues


Twin Passions

Drew and Brittany Brees


Twin Passions

Irma Thomas and John Boutte