Last Friday I was lucky enough to visit the 49th Annual Petroushka Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The event was brought us by the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS)

49th Annual Petroushka Ball opening ceremony
49th Annual Petroushka Ball opening ceremony

Since its inception in 1965, the Petroushka Ball had been one of New York’s most vibrant and elegant Russian American events. One of its unique features is that it features two distinguished orchestras — The Lester Lanin Orchestra in the Grand Ballroom along with the Barynia Balalaika Orchestra in the Terrace Room. All the proceeds from the 49th Petroushka Ball will be donated to the RCWS’ charitable programs such as educational scholarships for orphans, medical treatment for children with severe facial deformities, 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 many other vital programs.

All the proceeds will be donated to the RCWS charitable programs
All the proceeds will be donated to the RCWS charitable programs

Here is the program of the event:
8 pm — Cocktail Reception
9 pm — Dinner and a Show. Guests were enjoying delicious food and exciting performers such as soloists from the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Prince Igor Oksana Dyka, soprano and Sergey Semishkur, tenor; music by The Lester Lanin Orchestra.
10 pm — Dancing at the Terrace Room After.
10:30 pm — Dancing at the Grand Ballroom. Delicious vodka by Mari Vanna restaurant. Music by Barynya Balalaika Orchestram.

Dancing at the Grand Ballroom
Dancing at the Grand Ballroom
The one of New York's most vibrant and glamorous Russian-American event
The one of New York's most vibrant and glamorous Russian-American event

This event attended many famous representatives of Russian community.
Here is couple of them:

  • Evelina Khromtchenko
  • Oksana Dyka
  • Sergey Semishkur
  • Marco Glaviano
  • Jen Sidorova (Ms. 'East cost')
Anastassia Khozissova and Evelina Khromtchenko
Anastassia Khozissova and Evelina Khromtchenko

Everyone who was a part of the Petroushka Ball supported charity programs in one or more of the following ways:

  • purchasing tickets to the Ball;
  • placing advertisements in Petroushka Ball program;
  • donating prizes for the raffle;
  • making a cash donation;
  • supplying products for the gift bags.

And lastly, The Annual Pertoushka Ball is there to help those who were left by the society.

Everyone who was a part of the Petroushka Ball supported charity programs
Everyone who was a part of the Petroushka Ball supported charity programs

Photo and text: Peter Onysko

Event gallery: http://geometria.tv/newyorkgeometria/events/754468

Tags: new york, petroushka ball, charity event

Misha Iogansen 
11 February 2014