Antoon, a 1968 graduate of Northwestern State, owns Antoon’s Package Liquor Store and The Student Body. He formerly owned Antoon’s Riverfront Restaurant in downtown Natchitoches.
The store opened in 1975, and the Student Body has been in business since 1982. In that time, numerous students have helped pay for their college education by working for Antoon.
During a surprise 65th birthday celebration in 2008, Antoon’s friends announced the creation of the Johnny Antoon Endowed Scholarship. More than $44,000 was raised for the scholarship, which is endowed at over $60,000.
Organizers hope the July 27 event will raise the scholarship level to $100,000.
Entry to the July 27 event is a minimum $15 donation and several levels of giving are available.
All proceeds will benefit the Antoon Scholarship.
Donors can contribute through the Northwestern State Alumni website by mailing their donation to the NSU Foundation, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497.