When the Clock Strikes Midnight
The New Orleans Opera Association’s inaugural “Cinderella’s Ball & Bash.”
John Harvey and event co-chair Ashley Pradel with co-chair Kathleen and Kearny Robert
Photographed By Melissa Calico
The first and only event of its kind, the “Cinderella’s Ball & Bash” as presented by the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association kicked off the year 2014 in style. The 45th annual “Opera Ball” raised money for the New Orleans Opera Association and honored the February presentation of Massenet’s 1899 Le Cendrillon, or Cinderella, by putting together an exciting and festive night supporting the arts.
Chaired by Kathleen Robert and Ashley Pardel, the evening included edibles and libations provided by the Sheraton Hotel. Multiple auctions featured a suede and fur cape studded with crystals courtesy of Betty Brooks Doss; the invitation’s cover art; diamond earrings from Friend & Company; a selection of fine wines; and many hotel and dinner experiences.
Tables were topped with illuminated glass pumpkins while shimmering lights covered with organza lit the dance floor. Presiding over the festivities was, of course, a large Cinderella grandfather clock. Organizers made sure to orchestrate an elaborate display of fireworks at midnight, accompanied by a performance of “Auld Lang Syne.” Other performers at the event included Olga Wilhelmine, a Women’s Guild junior committee member, and local favorite the Yat Pack.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Cinderella’s Ball & Bash,” benefiting the New Orleans Opera Association
When: December 31, 2013
Where: Armstrong Ballroom, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel