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2018 ART&SOUL Gala | The NOCCA Institute
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