The Fete Set:
February 21, 2012
Atlanta Ballet Ball
A well-choreographed gala of dancing and dining
- Photos by Jim Fitts
A Twyla Tharp world premiere and a new location add modern glamour to this La Fête Nouvelle-themed evening.
Co-Chairs Merry Carlos and Su Longman, honoree and dance legend Twyla Tharp, Atlanta Ballet Executive Director Arthur Jacobus, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall, St Regis Atlanta Events Director Harrison Rohr.
The Astor Ballroom of the St Regis Atlanta
A record crowd of 400 revelers enjoyed this year’s Ballet Ball, including Lynda and Richard Courts, Susan Currie, Peter Abramson, Elizabeth and Howell Adams III, Debbie and Jeff Dean, Carol and Marc Gendell, Angelle and Art Hamilton, Ronnie and Pete Kessenich, Jada and Tom Loveless, Leslie McLeod, Eileen and Tom Rosencrants, Dottie and Jerry Smith, Calvin Fong of Valentino, Patti Wallace, Laura and Rutherford Seydel. Among the well-frocked: the lovely co-chairs Su Longman in C.D. Greene, Merry Carlos in Rubin Singer, Jada Loveless in j. Mendel, Danielle Rollins in Etro, Joanne Gross in Oscar de La Renta, and Michelle Crosland in Kaufman Franco.
The gourmet dinner represented the swan song for St. Regis executive chef Jonathan Jerusalmy, who is departing for Sea Island Resort. His last menu was a “culinary ballet” of great tastes:
Baby lettuce, prosciutto and poached pears with pomegranate vinaigrette
Short rib tortellini with pickled okra, balsamic reduction
Seared jumbo scallop with beurre blanc on grits cake and roasted baby vegetables
Chocolate lava cake with caramel ice cream
After photos in front of a pretty green hedge and a formal cocktail hour, black-tie guests were led into the Astor Ballroom, resplendent in a dramatic black, red and white décor. Rose-covered red chairs, black tables and banquettes, and tall arrangements of all-white flowers by A Legendary Event created a setting of modern glamour. An extremely high-end silent and live auction conducted by Uladia Taylor, resulted in a record-breaking windfall for Atlanta Ballet from generous patrons. Among the auction items: a luxurious mink coat from Saks Fifth Avenue fur salon; custom jewelry by Sam Lehr, a getaway to St. Barts; and a private dinner in your home with the chefs from Aria, Empire State South and 4th and Swift. But perhaps the highlight of the auction was when former MindSpring CEO and current managing partner of Las Catalinas Holding Company, Charles Brewer, personally auctioned off a stay at his luxurious eco-resort Las Catalinas in Costa Rica via guitar-strumming and a clever song. This escape proved so alluring that it ended up being auctioned off twice to two competitive bidders. During dinner, patrons were treated to a brief talk by dance choreographer and legend Twyla Tharp and a sneak peek of her original The Princess and The Goblin ballet, which had its world premiere at the Atlanta Ballet and was featured in The New York Times. Post dinner and auction, guest danced to live music by Ocean Street in the Astor Foyer.
Presenting Sponsors: Merry and Chris Carlos, Su and Al Longman, Nsoro MasTec LLC, Louis Vuitton, A Legendary Event, St Regis Atlanta. Platinum Sponsors: Patti Wallace, David Yurman, HBO, Jelly Bean Rugs. Gold Sponsors: Ginny and Charles Brewer, Crawford.
Proceeds from the evening benefitted Atlanta Ballet and The Centre for Dance Education. Sharon Story, Dean of the Centre for Dance Education, says the Centre currently serves 1,050 students from homeless children to children from Park Lane Elementary, in addition to the approximately 20,000 school children who are allowed to experience Atlanta Ballet performances such as The Nutcracker and Snow White. For more information on Atlanta Ballet and it’s next performance The Man in Black (based on Johnny Cash!) March 23-25, please visit www.atlantaballet.com