Metropolitan Opera stars Kristine Opolais, Soprano and Brandon Jovanovich, Tenor 


Since its inception in 1965, the Petroushka Ball has been one of New York's most vibrant and elegant Black Tie charitable events, attended by over 700 guests representing business, artistic and diplomatic spheres. The Petroushka Ball is the annual fundraising Gala to benefit the Russian Children’s Welfare Society charitable programs.

Past Petroushka Ball events have featured leading soloists of the Metropolitan Opera, the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Theater, and other prominent companies. Among the opera stars who appeared at the Petroushka Ball are Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova,  Ildar Abdrazakov, Kristine Opolais, Matthew Polenzani, Elina Garanca, Piotr Beszala, Olga Borodina, Rolando Villazon, Diana Damrau, Brandon Jovanovich, Kate Lindzey, Rodion Pogossov, Oksana Dyka, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Paul Groves, Maia Kovalevska and others.

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.

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 157 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.


53rd Petroushka Ball

Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Plaza Hotel, New York

Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns

Age Requirement: 21 y.o. and up 



Sponsorship Opportunities

The success of the Petroushka Ball is contingent upon the renewed participation of local and international businesses, as well as RCWS’ patrons.  You can support the RCWS charitable programs and be a part of the Petroushka Ball in one or more of the following ways: purchasing tickets to the Ball; placing advertisements in the Petroushka Ball program; donating prizes for the raffle; making a cash donation; supplying products for the gift bags.

Additionally, sponsorship of the Petroushka Ball is a great way to entertain clients and employees, network with prominent Russian-American businesses and presents an effective opportunity for corporate visibility while enjoying an exciting evening. 

RCWS is a 501(c)3 US non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible. 

All net proceeds from the 53rd Petroushka Ball will be directed towards RCWS’ charitable programs.  Please visit Programs for additional information.

We are counting on you to help us continue to improve the opportunities for at risk children in Russia.

For more information, pricing, and to secure an opportunity, please contact RCWS at or tel 212-473-6263.