Save the Date – 54th Petroushka Ball, February 8, 2019, The Plaza Hotel

Come to the most exciting and elegant Ball held in the city at the legendary Plaza Hotel

The Petroushka Ball is a Black Tie charity ball held annually since 1965, attended by over 700 guests representing business, artistic and diplomatic spheres. The Petroushka Ball is held to benefit  the Russian Children’s Welfare Society's charitable programs.

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.

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.

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: Susan 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.

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.

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.

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.

If you have any comments regarding the 53rd Petroushka Ball and/or would like to be more involved in organizing and/or sponsorship of the 54th Petroushka Ball, please contact us at

The portraits by Roman Makhmutov from the 53rd Petroushka Ball are available  on-line 

Russian Children's Welfare Society would like to thank all the guests for joining us on February 9th at the 53rd Petroushka Ball. We would like to invite the attendees to share your opinion about the Ball. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support and comments!

Survey for Dinner Guests

Survey for Dancing Guests 

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. Visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page for details. 

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.