The 53rd Annual Petroushka Ball took place on February 9th 2018 at the legendary Plaza Hotel and featured an exclusive performance by Ildar Abdrazakov, bass and Lyubov Petrova, soprano, who appeared by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera.
ANASTASIA The Musical on Broadway featured Stephanie Rothenberg.
Over 700 guests attended the Ball this year.
We would like to thank the following Sponsors and Supporters: Access Industries, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Countess Tatiana Bobrinskoy, Svetlana Afanasiev, BleuStorm Vodka, Charles Krause, Susan Carmel Lehrman, Clé de Peau Beauté, Confident Care Corp., Dr. Andrei Dukhin, Elke Geacintov, Gourmanoff, Eric and Olga Jorgensen, Loeb Partners Corporation, Love Caviar Club, Elena Orlukova, Peter Picard, John Pouschine, Steinway & Sons, Peter Tcherepnine, Valerio 888.
Special thanks to our Benefactors: Stephen and Susan Crane, Peter and Natalia Derby, Dr. Theodore Diktaban, Andrew and Blake Foote, Dr. Natalya Fazylova, Maxim Izmailov, Joseph McAlinden and Olena Molotova, Thomas and Ellen McPartland, NetCost Market, Palais des Thés, Dr. Irina Pankova, Dmitry Sholokhov, Alexander Slepnev, Alex Soldier, Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness, Russian Samovar, WarmPalate.
One of the Petroushka Ball unique features is two distinguished orchestras – The Lester Lanin Orchestra in the Grand Ballroom coupled with the Barynya Balalaika Orchestra in the Terrace Room playing a boisterous set of popular Russian gypsy music, Cossack songs, and lively balalaika arrangements to the early hours of the morning.
All net proceeds from the Petroushka Ball go directly towards the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS) charitable programs. Among them are educational scholarships for orphans (currently 153 students), medical treatment for children with severe facial deformities (annually over 200 little patients receive surgeries), assistance to orphanages, rehabilitation programs for children with special needs, a “Yelka” (New Year and Christmas tree) party in Moscow for over 1,000 disadvantaged children visiting from many areas of Russia; and other vital programs.
RCWS would like to thank the 53rd Petroushka Ball Junior Committee Co-Chairs: Adrian Fekula, Katya Brody, Kira Jordan, Anastasia Aksakova, Constantine Schidlovsky, Olga Timoshenkova and Yana Worthman. Their help was instrumental in making the 53rd Petroushka Ball a success.
The portraits by Roman Makhmutov from the 53rd Petroushka Ball are available on-line.