The Petroushka Ball is a Black Tie charity ball held annually since 1965 to benefit the Russian Children’s Welfare Society's charitable programs. After a year's pause, we welcome you to join us for another magical evening at the 56th Annual Petroushka Ball scheduled on Friday, February 11, 2022 at The Plaza Hotel. 

Reception - 8 pm, Dinner & Entertainment - 9 pm, Dancing - 10 pm

Dress Code: Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns

Age Requirement: 21 y.o. and up

The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, vendors and staff remains our top priority. Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required in order to attend the 56th Petroushka Ball. Masks are optional during the event.We will continue to monitor the CDC and NYC guidelines for the latest public health recommendations and update our procedures to provide a safe patron experience. After reserving tickets for the 56th Petroushka Ball, if you are feeling unwell, experiencing a fever or other COVID-19 like symptoms, please contact RCWS at


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, Paul Groves, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergey Semishkur, Lyubov Petrova, Maia Kovalevska and others.

We need your help more than ever to make our main fundraising event a success, allowing us to support the urgent requests from RCWS aid recipients, who were negatively affected by the pandemic. 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 191 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.

If you would like to be more involved in sponsorship, organizing or volunteering at the 56th Petroushka Ball, please contact us at

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The professional-quality portraits by Roman Makhmutov from the 55th 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. The annual Petroushka Ball traditionally includes a Raffle with wonderful prizes and a group of children in Russian costumes assisting with selling the raffle tickets.  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 56th Petroushka Ball will be directed towards RCWS’ charitable programs. Please visit Programs for additional information.

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

Thank you for your support and patronage!