The 52 Petroushka Ball which took place on Friday the 10th of February 2017 at the Plaza Hotel was both elegant and spirited! Our guests both dinner and dancing numbered 700. Two destinguished Orchestras entertained, The Lester Lanin in the Grand Ballroom and the Barynia Balalaika in the Terrace Room. 

This year as in the past 15 years stars from the Metropolitan Opera performed. Kristine Opolais and Brandon Jovanovich both presently in the opera "Rusalka" sang the most beautiful areas. 

An award was presented to Dr. Igor Holodny, chairman of the Board, for his long and dedicated service the children we serve.  

All net proceeds from the Petroushka Ball go directly towards the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS) charitable programs. Among them are educational scholarships for orphans (currently 120 students), medical treatment for children with severe facial deformities (annually over 200 little patients receive surgeries), assistance to orphanages, rehabilitation programs for children with special needs, a “Yelka” (New Year and Christmas tree) party in Moscow for over 1,000 disadvantaged children visiting from many areas of Russia; and other vital programs.

Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns

Age Requirement: 21 y.o. and up 

Previous Petroushka Ball coverage in The New York Times by Bill Cunningham 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

The success of the Petroushka Ball is contingent upon the renewed participation of local and international businesses, as well as RCWS’ patrons.  You can support the RCWS charitable programs and be a part of the Petroushka Ball in one or more of the following ways: purchasing tickets to the Ball; placing advertisements in the Petroushka Ball program; donating prizes for the raffle; making a cash donation; supplying products for the gift bags.

By placing an advertisement in the Petroushka Ball program, you are targeting the upscale Russian-American community. Additionally, sponsorship of the Petroushka Ball is a great way to entertain clients and employees, network with prominent Russian-American businesses and presents an effective opportunity for corporate visibility while enjoying an exciting evening. 

RCWS is a 501(c)3 US non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible. Please visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page for additional information. 

All net proceeds from the 52nd Petroushka Ball will be directed towards RCWS’ charitable programs.  Founded in 1926, the RCWS is focused on improving the lives of children at risk in Russia.  The programs RCWS is currently undertaking include: medical treatment for children, educational scholarships for orphans, assistance to children with special needs, direct support of orphanages, rehabilitation centers and schools, a “Yelka” (New Year and Christmas tree) celebration in Moscow for over 1,000 disadvantaged children visiting from many areas of Russia; and other vital programs. At present, RCWS awards full scholarships to 86 college students in Pskov, Yaroslavl, Moscow, and Veliki Novgorod regions. Among them are 10 music and art scholarships to gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please visit Programs for additional information.

We are counting on you to help us continue to improve the opportunities for at risk children in Russia.