52nd Petroushka Ball
The 52nd Annual Petroushka Ball took place on February 10th 2017 at the legendary Plaza Hotel and featured an exclusive performance from Metropolitan Opera stars Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich.
The Petroushka Ball is the primary fundraising event for the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS). Since its inception in 1965, the Petroushka Ball has been one of the most vibrant and important Russian-American events in New York. The Ball is a strictly black tie soiree attended by over 700 guests representing business, artistic and diplomatic spheres. 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.
The 52nd Petroushka Ball featured the performance of Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich, who appeared by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting "Song to the Moon" in The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Dvorak’s RUSALKA. Praised by The Wall Street Journal for his “ardent, heroic tenor and strong acting,” Brandon Jovanovich is sought after by the world’s finest opera companies for his passionate stage portrayals of leading roles in French, Italian, German, and Slavic opera.
An award was presented to Dr. Igor Holodny, Chairman of the Board, for his long and dedicated service the children we serve.
The dancing part of the Petroushka Ball took place in the Terrace Room with the Barynya Balalaika Orchestra playing a boisterous set of popular Russian gypsy music, Cossack songs, and lively balalaika arrangements, as well as with the Lester Lanin Orchestra in the Grand Ballroom.
All net proceeds from the 52nd Petroushka Ball will be directed towards RCWS's charitable programs.
A Reunion for the RCWS Scholarship Recipients
In July 2016, our partner, the Pskov Children’s Fund, held a reunion for the RCWS scholarship recipients in the Pskov region. The students got a chance to catch up and take part in a leadership and team building seminar.
These reunions have become a tradition. They allow students to gather, swap stories from the past year, express their thanks to their supporters, and have a brief vacation after the stress of finals. The leadership and team building seminar was held in a scenic area overlooking the Pskov Lake and the students carried on the reunion tradition of assembling at a local cafe for a celebratory dinner marking the end to a successful school year.
A Farm Equipment for the Opochka Orphanage
The RCWS recently helped the Opochka Specialized Orphanage in Pskov acquire agricultural equipment to increase the yield of the orphanage’s garden and provide the 98 students living on the grounds with practical skills.