Event co-chair Annette Wood, John Duck, Jaye Berard Smith and event co-chair Leslie Stokes

Suzy Parker, Louis Wilson, Julia Fremin and Karl Schroeder

Jacquee Carvin, Guy Brierre and Rosalyn Weinstein

Donna Klein, Stephen and Ellen Manshel, and Ryan Berg

Ralph Lupin, NOBA executive director Jenny Hamilton and T. G. Solomon

Bill Coates and Cecile Gibson

The timeless tale of “Cinderella” was the theme for the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) annual Ballet Ball on Feb. 18. Held in memory of ballet supporters Freda Lupin and Patrick Taylor, the black-tie event raised more than $90,000 for the New Orleans Ballet Association.
Auction highlights included a $1,500 shopping spree raffle sponsored by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; a Willie Nelson package, including an autographed guitar, tickets to see him in concert in Baton Rouge and backstage passes to meet the musician; and an original painting by Jaye Berard Smith that was featured on the cover of the party’s invitation.
As guests entered the Ile de France ballroom of the JW Marriott hotel, Strout Photography took pictures of them in front of a beautiful handmade pumpkin coach created by Design Works. The rest of the room was transformed into a fairy tale world decorated in silvers and blues. Harvey Jesus and the Fire kept over 250 guests dancing until the clock struck midnight.
The Ballet Ball honors NOBA’s 35th anniversary and the premier of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s critically acclaimed and award-winning ballet, Cendrillon, that was performed Feb. 25 at the Theatre of the Performing Arts. •