RCWS Collaboration with the Spivakov Foundation
RCWS has been expanding the scholarship program, adding new partners and increasing the number of participants. Currently, RCWS provides scholarships to 15 young musicians affiliated with the Spivakov Foundation, established by renowned concert violinist Vladimir Spivakov, to help disadvantaged children in Russia develop musical and artistic talent.
A Reunion for the RCWS Scholarship Recipients
On July 13, 2017, our partner, the Pskov Children’s Fund, held a reunion for the RCWS scholarship recipients in the Pskov region. RCWS has made it a tradition to gather our scholarship recipients for a reunion every summer. It’s not only an opportunity to meet old and make new friends, but to share their experiences in overcoming challenges at school and in their personal lives, learning important skills such as monthly budget planning, take part in a leadership and team building seminar.
Currently 30 RCWS scholarship recipients are attending local colleges and universities in Pskov region. As of today, 42 students from Pskov region completed their studies, received diplomas and found employment.
During the fourteen years since the inception of the RCWS scholarship program, the number of participants has grown from 3 in the 2003-2004 academic year to 122 in 2016-2017. This help is much needed since only 4% of orphans graduating from high schools in Russia are accepted to colleges. These children often lack the financial support, guidance, motivation, and self assurance needed to pursue the college education in order to improve their prospects in life.
To date, the RCWS scholarship program has been enormously successful in providing a support structure for students as they transition from living in an orphanage to attending a university on their own. With our donor’s support, RCWS is helping orphans successfully complete an academic degree or vocational training in order to steer them in the direction of a promising future. RCWS scholarship recipients receive a monthly stipend allowing them to focus on their studies. Additionally, the students are guided and supported by local mentors. RCWS requires academic transcripts from each scholarship recipient, as well as reports on the use of the stipend to assure accountability.
Three other foundations (based in Norway, the Netherlands, and Austria) followed in RCWS’s footsteps and began supporting orphanage graduates in the Pskov region, increasing the total number of students partaking in the program.
To sponsor a student, call the RCWS office at 212-473-6263 or email us at email@example.com. Thank you for your support!
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.