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


The 52 Petroushka Ball which took place on Friday the 10th of February 2017 at the Plaza Hotel was both elegant and spirited! Our guests both dinner and dancing numbered 700. Two destinguished Orchestras entertained, The Lester Lanin in the Grand Ballroom and the Barynia Balalaika in the Terrace Room. 

This year as in the past 15 years stars from the Metropolitan Opera performed. Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich both presently in the opera "Rusalka" sang the most beautiful areas. 

An award was presented to Dr. Igor Holodny, Chairman of the Board, for his long and dedicated service the children we serve.  

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 122 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

Please contact RCWS at or tel 212-473-6263 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities and would like to participate in 2018 Petroushka Ball. 

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 52nd 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.


View 2017 Petroushka Ball Journal