54th Petroushka Ball, February 8, 2019, The Plaza Hotel, New York City

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

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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.

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.

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, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beszala, Kristine Opolais, Olga Borodina, Rolando Villazon, Brandon Jovanovich, Kate Lindzey, Rodion Pogossov, Oksana Dyka, Sergey Semishkur, Lyubov Petrova, 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 154 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.

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



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.  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 54th 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.