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Black Tie:

March 7, 2013

Atlanta Ballet Ball 2013

A well-choregraphed gala of dancing and dining

This year’s black-tie, creative gala lived up to its “Bold, Exquisite Evening” billing.

Scenes from Atlanta Ballet Ball 2013 Scenes from Atlanta Ballet Ball 2013


Co-Chairs Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer, honoree Audrey B. Morgan, Atlanta Ballet Executive Director Arturo Jacobus, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall.


The Venue

The Astor Ballroom of the St Regis Atlanta with gorgeous decor by A Legendary Event


The Scene Makers

Hundreds of revelers enjoyed this year’s sold-out Ballet Ball, including  Meg and Jeff Arnold, Angelle and Art Hamilton, Chris and Merry Carlos, Leslie McLeod, Carey and Doug Benham, Vicki and John Palmer, Dan and Sandra Baldwin, Harrison Rohr, Lynda and Richard Courts, Pam and Bobby Kaufmann, Eileen and Tom Rosencrants, Millie Smith, Wendy Conrad and Neal Aronson, Deborah and Scott Kelly, Dottie and Jerry Smith, Calvin Fong, Patti Wallace, Marc Fillon, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, Lavona Currie, Doug Weiss, Michelle and David Crosland, Jay and Alison Jowers. Among the well-frocked: the lovely co-chairs Ginny Brewer in a coral Roberto Cavalli gown to match the décor and Patrice Greer in a fetching hot pink gown by Lanvin.  We also loved Amy Nelson’s bold, citrine yellow frock by Lela Roseand Rebecca Brodnan Smith’s chic, black ruffled Marchesa dress.


The Highlights

After a formal cocktail hour, black-tie guests were led into the Astor Ballroom, resplendent in a bold orange, white, and Tiffany blue décor. White settees and lots of candlelight added to the modern glamour of the décor by Tony Conway of A Legendary Event. An extremely high-end silent and live auction conducted by Victor Love, resulted in additional windfall for Atlanta Ballet. Among the auction items: a guitar signed by Big Boi, an escape to St Regis Deer Valley, a Spring 2014 Fashion Week NYC Experience, a private meet-and-greet with Rihanna, a one-week escape to Las Caalinas in Costa Rica, and dinner in your home prepared by four top Atlanta chefs: chef/owner Gerry Klaskala and pastry chef Kathryn King of Aria, Jamie Adams of Veni Vidi Vici, and Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s. During dinner, patrons were treated to a brief performance by Atlanta Ballet dancers;  Parklane school children from the Centre for Dance Education; and a surprise dance number that incorporated ballet patrons like Lynn Shroder, David York and Allen Nelson that brought down the house and lead to many flowers thrown onto the dance floor post-performance. Post dinner and auction, guest danced to live music by The A-Town A-List in the Astor Foyer. And one lucky winner at each table got to take home a gorgeous crystal bowl from Tiffany and Co. ( the patron party sponsor) wrapped in a beautiful Tiffany blue box.


The Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors: Chris Carlos Foundation, Louis Vuitton, Greenberg Taurig, St. Regis Atlanta, and Wells Fargo. Honoree Sponsor: Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey. Platinum Sponsors: Carey and Doug Benham, Ginny and Charles Brewer, Lavona Currie, Lanier Holdings, Audrey B. Morgan, Patti E. Wallace, Barking Hound Village, Comcast, HBO.


The Cause

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 1,200 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 its next performances, “New Choreographic Voices” March 22-24 and “Carmina Burana” April 12-14, please visit 






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