55th Petroushka Ball, February 7, 2020, The Plaza Hotel, NYC


Cocktail Reception for dinner guests only at 8 pm - Dinner & Entertainment at 9 pm - Dancing from 10 pm till 2 am


Serena Malfi, mezzo-soprano

Ben Bliss, tenor

Appear by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera

The Lester Lanin Orchestra at the Grand Ballroom

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra at the Terrace Room

Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns
Age Requirement: 21 years and older

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 54th Petroushka Ball, covered by "Time Out Weekly" on NTV America, hosted by Oleg Frish

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 by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera are Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova, Ildar Abdrazakov, Elina Garanca, Matthew Polenzani, Nadine Sierra, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beszala, Kristine Opolais, Francesco Demuro, Olga Borodina, Rolando Villazon, Brandon Jovanovich, Kate Lindzey, Rodion Pogossov, Oksana Dyka, Sergey Semishkur, Lyubov Petrova, 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. Dancing tickets holders will start in the Terrace Room at 10 pm with the Barynya Balalaika Orchestra playing a boisterous set of popular Russian folk and gypsy music, Cossack songs, and lively balalaika arrangements to the early hours of the morning. Following dinner, the world-renowned Lester Lanin Orchestra will play in the Grand Ballroom. All guests (Dinner & Dancing) are invited to dance in the Terrace Room and the Grand Ballroom.

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 173 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, and other vital programs.

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The professional-quality portraits by Roman Makhmutov from the 54th Petroushka Ball are available on-line.



By attending the Petroushka Ball, you are entering an area where photography may occur.  By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes by the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS), including on websites, social media, or any other purpose by RCWS.

Images and photos may be used to promote similar RCWS events in the future, highlight the event and promote the activities of RCWS. You release RCWS, its officers, directors and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, digitizing, or publication and use of any photographs taken at the Petroushka Ball.



Sponsorship Opportunities

The success of the Petroushka Ball is contingent upon the renewed participation of local and international businesses, as well as RCWS’ patrons. Support RCWS' charitable programs and be a part of the Petroushka Ball legacy by purchasing tickets to the Ball, placing advertisements in the Petroushka Ball journal, supplying raffle prizes or products for event gift bags, or by generously making a donation.

Additionally, sponsorship of the Petroushka Ball is a great way to entertain clients and employees, network with prominent Russian-American businesses while enjoying an exciting evening.  Supplying raffle prizes or products for the gift bags and contributing advertisements to the event journal present an effective opportunity for corporate visibility and brand awareness for your products or service. 

RCWS is a 501(c)3 US non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

All net proceeds from the 55th Petroushka Ball will be directed towards RCWS’ charitable programs. Please visit Programs for additional information.

We look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate the 55th Petroushka Ball Anniversary. Please help us to continue the RCWS on-going projects assisting at-risk children in Russia by dancing the night away on February 7, 2020.

For more information on sponsorships, ads, raffle & gift bag items, or other contributions, please contact RCWS at or tel 212-473-6263. 

Thank you for your support and patronage!