On a Friday evening in late March, the New Orleans Ballet Association threw its annual “Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization Gala” at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. An annual spring event since 1991, this year’s “BRAVO Gala” enjoyed a unique format, featuring an extravagant and intimate performance by the Joffrey Ballet.
Guests began the evening backstage at the Mahalia Jackson Theater with hors d’oeuvres and champagne before the exclusive showcase. Afterwards, students of NOBA’s tuition-free educational programs escorted patrons to dinner at tables built over the orchestra pit, where they enjoyed an elegant three-course meal prepared by the renowned chefs of Martinique Bistro, Dick & Jenny’s and Cristiano Ristorante.
Dinner was accompanied by a special performance by local favorite the Boogie Men, followed by dancing and a silent auction featuring items such as jewelry from Friend & Company, international and domestic flights from American Airlines, VIP Jazz Fest weekend passes and various works of art.
In addition to the gala event on March 28, a benefactor dinner was held at the Windsor Court Hotel on March 19, along with an exciting live auction featuring a private dinner for 50 at Mulate’s Party Hall.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Ballet Association
When: Friday, March 28
Where: Mahalia Jackson Theater