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Los Angeles Ballet Season 5 Gala 2011

Season 5 Gala 2011

Saturday May 28th, 2011
followed the 6:00pm performance of Giselle
The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Los Angeles Ballet’s May 28th Season5 Gala Celebration, co-chaired by Ghada Irani, Lori Milken and Jeanette Trepp, was a resounding success. The event, which raised nearly $500,000 for the company, followed immediately after a thrilling performance of Giselle at the Broad Stage. The white pavilion, erected on the terrace of the Broad Stage, was expertly transformed by designer Billy Butchkavitz into a Midsummer’s Night Dream world of soft teal and green, sumptuous centerpieces, garden motifs – all gently lighted by 26 glittering teal blue crystal chandeliers overhead.

The guests, including numerous area luminaries and long-time supporters of Los Angeles Ballet, enjoyed cocktails and hors d ‘oeuvres between the two acts of Giselle, and returned to the pavilion after the final curtain for dining and celebration. Lori Milken and Jeanette Trepp welcomed everyone and thanked the many individuals who had contributed so much to the evening’s success. Artistic Directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen proudly announced the arrival of the full company of dancers and joined the guests in giving them a resounding standing ovation as they found their seats.

The elegant dinner menu, designed and prepared by Wolfgang Puck, included a trio of salads followed by Chinois style Sonoma lamb. Chef Puck graciously and solicitously circled among the guests as they dined. A selection of Chef Sherry’s signature desserts and petit fours was presented as a dessert buffet in the garden.

During the evening the guests were invited to “Sponsor a Dancer for the 2011/2012 Season”, an opportunity offered to them by auctioneer Michael Milken. The bidding was spontaneous and energetic and a healthy number of dancer sponsorships and donations to the company’s pointe shoe fund resulted. Sports announcer, Jim Gray, surprised the guests with an impromptu auction offering of two tickets to the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans.

Los Angeles Ballet is deeply grateful to the many sponsors who made the evening possible. They include:

Tour de Force
Ghada & Ray Irani
Tamar & Bob Manoukian
Lori & Michael Milken
Jeanette Trepp

Grand Jeté
Ryan Kavanaugh
Grande Cabriole
David Geffen Foundation

Grand Pirouette
Katherine & Frank Baxter
Roberta K. Dahl
Jennifer Bellah Maguire & Stephen Maguire
Mary & John Tu

Pas de Deux
Sasha & Bill Anawalt
Governor & Mrs. Gray Davis
Cynthia & Ralph Finerman
Joni & Larry Flax
Gerry & Herb Greenman
Sally & Bill Rutter
Ellen & Richard Sandler

Hafner Vineyard
Moelis & Company
Fiji Water

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