It Was a Perfect Afternoon for Tea Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild!

Photography courtesy of Sarah Siller of Sarah Siller Photography.

The beautiful and historic Driskill Hotel hosted the lovely event.

A gorgeous, sunny day heralded the arrival of excited guests at Ballet Austin Guild’s second annual spring fundraiser tea, “An Afternoon in Neverland”, so named in a nod of support to Ballet Austin’s grand season finale, Peter Pan.  This year’s highly successful sold out event was held inside the gorgeous Driskill hotel, an Austin icon and key event sponsor.

Lovely guests who happen to be a wonderful family of aunts and cousins.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Guests of all ages arrived in their best tea finery, with beautiful hats and outfits taking center stage. They were ushered in by a cast of costumed characters portrayed by the Hill Country Players, drama students from Hill Country Middle School, much to the delight of the youngest attendees.  Tables beckoned partygoers with exquisite centerpieces provided by Mandarin Design Lab along with towers of luscious treats and an assortment of lovely teas. Adult guests enjoyed a bit of celebratory bubbly as they strolled among the many enticing raffle baskets.

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin and Lorrie Garcia, VP of Communications of Ballet Austin Guild.

Once all were seated, Ballet Austin Sarah & Ernest Family Fund Artistic Director Stephen Mills introduced and spoke a bit about featured speaker, company dancer Chelsea Marie Renner, who danced the role of Wendy in two performances of Peter Pan.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Chelsea shared that her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer would not have been realized had there not been vital scholarship opportunities along the way.  She spoke of her family’s many struggles to keep her dancing. Her father owned a small print shop in Bozeman, Montana, and often traded printing jobs for the dance academy in exchange for her tuition.  As Chelsea’s talent and passion for ballet developed and greater but more distant opportunities came along, scholarships were her only hope to continue her training. Chelsea was the very first recipient of the Butler Fellowship Scholarship in 2006, allowing her to join Ballet Austin II prior to moving up to the company.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

William Jackson, long-time attendee, proud supporter of Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin and chief business officer for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential says, “I’m honored to support Ballet Austin Guild.  I’ve have the pleasure to see first hand how hard this amazing group of individuals works to ensure the longevity of the programs offered by Ballet Austin and the availability of the arts throughout the Austin community.   My heart is touched deeply to see beautiful families celebrate together with great laughter, excitement, and love.  It’s also an honor to help to increase awareness through partnerships with InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential.  I wish these wonderful organizations much continued success and will do my part to ensure their continued successes”.  

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Ballet Austin Guild President Suzanne Mackowiak thanked those in attendance and reminded the audience that all tea proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund, making classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of his or her family’s economic situation.

Learn how you can support Ballet Austin Guild by visiting here.

Sunday Tea is So Delightful When Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild

Interview Conducted and Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer, of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Capacity crowd raised close to $40,000 for the Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund

On Sunday, April 30, a capacity crowd of 270 distinguished guests convened at historic Hotel Ella in bustling downtown Austin, to enjoy Ballet Austin Guild’s presentation of An Afternoon in Wonderland, its first annual Sunday Tea.

Three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

A wonderful family of three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

Guests enjoyed a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones while sipping on tea and champagne, of course! As a prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of ALICE (in wonderland), the Guild celebrated with fun decor, costumes and festivities for guests of all ages. Amazing raffle baskets were available with proceeds going to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund. The Guild’s annual spring fundraiser makes classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of their family’s economic situation.  Close to $40,000 was raised during Sunday Tea and the Guild couldn’t be more thrilled.

It’s all about presentation at Sunday Tea! It really is.

Even the young ones were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The young distinguished guests were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

Of Note: 2017 marks the 42nd anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year.

Before the exciting Sunday Tea commenced, I had the pleasure of chatting with Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild and Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair, and gained insight into what makes them InFluential women people should know, and what’s most thrilling about the Sunday Tea.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair;

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair.

InFluential Magazine:  What makes you smile with joy? 

Marianna Symeonides:  Giving back to those in need brings me great joy.  Also, it brings me great joy when people use the simple words “Thank You”.  They are such simple words, but they mean so much, to so many.    

Cassandra King:  What makes me smile with joy is whenever I’m with my family and friends.  

 

InFluential:  Marianna, tell us about Ballet Austin Archives.

Marianna:   I moved to Austin in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. For my capstone project, I launched the Ballet Austin Archives. I’ve also had the privilege to work with archival records at the Austin History Center where the Ballet Austin Archives will reside in the near future.

 

InFluential:  Cassandra, what do you consider your most important role as Spring Fundraising Chair?

Cassandra:  I take great pride in having the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective that continues to relate to Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin.  As much as I can, I plan to be a Chair who is actively involved.  With respect to the Spring Tea, my goal was to sell 150 tickets, but we sold 270!  With the support of an amazing team, we more than accomplished our goal.

 

InFluential:  Did you and / or members of your family pursue ballet as an art form?

Marianna:  I’ve studied ballet for a year.

Cassandra:  I studied ballet for 19 years.

 

InFluential:  Why are the arts important to society?

Marianna:  The arts must continue to be an integral part of a diverse and growing society. The arts serve as a means of connecting and engaging people.  And, truly the arts have continued to play an integral role because the positive impact has been part of our society through eons of time.

 

InFluential:  How do you remain inspired?

Cassandra:  What keeps me inspired is being around happy people of all ages, colors and creeds.  The arts provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to come together toward a common goal.  I’m inspired to see this happening and the awesome benefits that result.

 

InFluential:  How do we best keep families enthused about the arts?

Cassandra: What we’re doing through Ballet Austin Guild is continuing to whet the public’s appetite about the happenings within our organization, and that of Ballet Austin.  We’re taking advantage of many media outlets to shine a bright spotlight on what we have planned for this season and beyond.  For example, we’ve had segments on several media outlets where we’ve emphasized that our events are family focused.  Yes, even the guys are very welcomed.  The arts are for everyone.

 

InFluential:  What is the vision for An Afternoon in Wonderland?

Marianna:  Ballet Austin Guild has held a spring fundraiser for 33 years, which is considered a very long time. As such, with the debut of Sunday Tea, we want to bring forth a new concept with a fresh perspective.  It’s important the entire family feels welcomed to participate.

Marianna and Cassandra, your goals were accomplished!  We congratulate you both for a delightful Sunday afternoon providing a wholesome family friendly opportunity to socialize and raise much needed funds in support of Ballet Austin.

Notables in attendance were Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs, along with Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, and Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Ballet Austin's Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin's Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Ballet Austin’s Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event, Ballet Austin Guild.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event,
Ballet Austin Guild.

We look forward with great eagerness for Sunday Tea 2018!

Ballet Austin Guild Hosts Annual Spring Fundraiser “Boots, Bowties and Tiaras”

Highly anticipated evening cocktail party and live auction benefits

Ballet Austin Academy’s Youth Scholarship Program

Ballet Austin Guild is pleased to announce a special evening fundraiser event, benefiting Ballet Austin and youth scholarships. Guests are invited to don their cowboy boots, tiaras and bowties for the annual spring event taking place on April 21 at Trinity Hall in downtown Austin.

The evening will feature a live auction, Ballet Austin Guild’s famous raffle baskets, beverages and hors d’oeuvres from local vendors and more.

The live auction, first added in 2015, features lively competition for exciting prizes like last year’s “His and Her Package,” which included an Epiphone electric guitar, customized and signed by Tito Beverage of Tito’s Vodka; an orange-diamond “Paisley Pendant” necklace from Benold’s Jewelers, and a one night stay for two with a round of golf at Omni Barton Creek. Raffle items include vacation packages, jewelry, and gift cards to area restaurants and more.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting more than 57,000 Central Texans each year. Last year’s outstanding efforts raised more than $35,000 net for Ballet Austin Academy’s Youth Scholarship Program, providing the opportunity for classical ballet training to many students who would not otherwise be able to afford classes.

“The Guild’s annual fundraiser is rewarding in many ways, and it provides a chance to see firsthand how Ballet Austin is shaping our community,” said Guild President Ann Downing. “We have the opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of young students by sharing the love of dance and helping them to develop discipline, self confidence and a lifelong passion for the arts.”

For ticket information, please click here.

Hot Cars Heats Up The Night!

Photography by Eryn Chandler of LewChan Photography

The Getaway Motor Club, unique co-working space, venue, and private motor club in the Govalle area of East Austin, was the scene of Ballet Austin Guild’s new spring fundraiser, “Hot Cars and All That Jazz.” Co-Chairs Lorelei McDevitt, Terri Rumin, Vanessa McElwrath, and VP of Fundraising Events, Jessica Johnson spearheaded the event. Austin’s chic gathered with two goals in mind: generating maximum fun and maximum fundraising. A departure from the Guild’s traditional fundraising luncheon, the evening cocktail event attracted as many men as women and a sizable group from the very stylish under-40 crowd.

Councilmember Ellen Troxclair & Caleb Troxclair

Councilmember Ellen Troxclair & Caleb Troxclair

Guests mixed, mingled, and danced on both the upper and lower levels of the club as Austin’s “First Lady of Jazz”, Pamela Hart and Friends rocked the night with their signature selection of jazz, R&B, and soul. Word has it that several friendly but high-spirited games of pool were won and lost in the game room hidden away up top. Delicious bites and beverages were enjoyed at high cocktail tables illuminated with a soft glow from below. The beautiful classic cars displayed around the edge of the dance floor brought back sweet memories for many and were the background of numerous hot-rod “selfies”.

Ballet Austin dancers James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Orlando Canova

Ballet Austin dancers James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Orlando Canova

Arriving by limo directly from their Studio Spotlight rehearsal of Swan Lake at the Butler Dance Education Center were Ballet Austin dancers, Elise Pekarek, James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, and Orlando Canova. Surprise VIP was Joy Womack, ballet dancer with the Kremlin Ballet, who was in town visiting her family and escorted by her father, Clay Womack.

Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin Executive Director

Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin Executive Director

Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz engaged the guests by emphasizing the role of the Ballet Austin Guild through their incredible volunteer and fundraising efforts. She expressed sincere gratitude for the focus of the evening’s event that was to support the Ballet Austin Academy scholarship program.

Guild President Socar Chatmon-Thomas, Ballet Austin dancer Orlando Julius Canova, David Yurman Manager Jeremy Rathke

Guild President Socar Chatmon-Thomas, Ballet Austin dancer Orlando Julius Canova, David Yurman Manager Jeremy Rathke

Ballet Austin Guild President and local realtor Socar Chatmon-Thomas surprised and delighted the gathered crowd as she took to the stage to wearing yet another of her many hats, that of professional auctioneer. Socar had patrons laughing and cheering as they fought to outbid each other during the live auction. Quieter support was underway at the tables laden with beautifully wrapped raffle packages as guests hurried to stuff ticket boxes hoping for the win.

Sally and Brennon Hensley

Sally and Brennon Hensley

The Ballet Austin Academy’s youth scholarship program was the beneficiary of the evening’s fundraising efforts. Bill Piner, director of the Ballet Austin Academy, offered these thoughts, “With the goal of making classical ballet training available to anyone with a passion and desire to learn the art form, the Ballet Austin Academy scholarship program is instrumental in providing this opportunity to many students who would not otherwise be able to afford classes. The Ballet Austin Guild’s contribution to this goal is invaluable.”

Event Co-Chair Lorelei McDevitt

Event Co-Chair Lorelei McDevitt

Lorrie Garcia and Event Co-Chair, Terri Rumin

Lorrie Garcia and Event Co-Chair, Terri Rumin

Visit Ballet Austin Guild at www.balletaustinguild.org.

Debut: Ballet Austin Guild’s “Innovative” New Spring Fundraiser!

Ballet Austin Guild is excited to introduce a new evening cocktail fundraising event, “Hot Cars and All That Jazz”, benefitting Ballet Austin Academy’s youth scholarship program. The Guild, inspired by Ballet Austin’s commitment to “Classically Innovative” productions, moves in a bold new direction following the highly successful 20 year run of their classic luncheon fundraiser, “Women On Their Toes”. Through the move to an evening event, Ballet Austin Guild hopes to inspire and encourage an even broader, more diverse group of patrons to join them in support of this important cause. The curtain rises on the new affair at a private motor club housed in a discreet warehouse in east Austin.

Guests will be surrounded by Austin’s chic and a gorgeous array of classic cars as they enjoy an evening of live music featuring Blues legend Timothy Curry and The Timothy Curry/Will Dunlap Project, delectable hors d’oeuvres, libations, dancing, raffle packages, live auction, and more. Bill Piner, Director of Ballet Austin Academy, offered these thoughts, “With the goal of making classical ballet training available to anyone with a passion and desire to learn the art form, the Ballet Austin Academy scholarship program is instrumental in providing this opportunity to many students who would not otherwise be able to afford classes. The Ballet Austin Guild’s contribution to this goal is invaluable.” Ballet Austin Guild President, Socar Chatmon-Thomas, couldn’t agree more stating, “I’m extremely excited about our new format and unique venue. Our goal is to continue being a valuable Ballet Austin partner by raising funds to help insure that any Central Texas youth who has the desire to dance can AFFORD to dance!” Lorelei McDevitt, 2015 Spring Fundraiser Chair of “Hot Cars & All That Jazz” recalls the impact of dance lessons on her life, “As a former student of the ballet since age 7, I can’t stress enough what gains I made as a child, and eventually as a teenager, gaining the confidence I needed to succeed. Ballet training is a discipline barre none! ”

Ballet Austin Guild
“Hot Cars and All That Jazz”
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Getaway Motor Club, 3700 Thompson Street, Austin, TX 78702
Proceeds benefit Ballet Austin Academy’s youth scholarship program
Now available online at $75 per person. Event sponsorships available starting at $1500. For more information, contact:
Lorrie Garcia
PR Chair
Ballet Austin Guild
512-432-5346
pr@balletaustinguild.org

For ticket information visit here.

About Ballet Austin Guild
Ballet Austin Guild, a nonprofit subsidiary of Ballet Austin, is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to support and promote the interests of Ballet Austin in greater Austin and its surrounding communities through educational programs, fundraising, and special events. 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Guild. Over the past 21 years, the Guild has raised more than a half-million dollars benefitting Ballet Austin and over 57,000 Central Texans each year. Through its membership of enthusiastic ambassadors of dance and volunteerism, the Guild has supported Ballet Austin since 1975. Visit Ballet Austin Guild at www.balletaustinguild.org.

The Frankls Host the Must Attend Party of Formula 1 Weekend

After three successful years, it goes without saying that the US Formula 1 weekend in Austin IS NOT complete unless it involves taking in the My Yacht Club experience. Nicholas Frankl, Annabelle Frankl and their team of experts host one of the most exclusive and sought after parties held during F1.

The My Yacht Club experience is created at Ballet Austin where for two nights the complex is transformed into a sophisticated nightclub, bringing the unique ambience and party atmosphere of Monaco to the heart of Texas. The Monaco Dance Room provides an intimate setting for VIP tables with bottle service. Featured are gorgeous and energetic hostesses and the famous Golden Girls, plus a thumping sound system, and an eclectic mix of European dance music and classic tunes which create an incredible ambience and an unforgettable night of partying and decadence. This year, My Yacht Club coincided with Halloween so guests incorporated costumes as their party attire.

We had the pleasure of attending several soirees hosted by the Frankls who always ensure guests are treated with a top-notch experience. They have the innate ability and have gained the experience to understand the dynamics of what makes an unforgettable party. They bring all of these elements together to create what many have come to recognize as the must attend party of the F1 weekend. As Austinites have so many galas, parties, soirees and opportunities to gather from which to choose, being considered a must attend party is quite a feat in and of itself. ‘

My Yacht - 5

We’re certain we’ll see many of you in 2015!

Thank you to Paul Erickson of Erickson Photography for the outstanding photos. See the complete portfolio of photos at our InFluential Magazine Facebook Page.

My Yacht Club Hosts an Iconic Contest

Nicholas Frankl with the Girls In Gold

My Yacht Club, the “pop-up” night club held at Ballet Austin During F1 weekend, is hosting a Halloween costume contest. The winner will receive 2 VIP all night passes for Friday, October 31st with complimentary alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks plus a glass of champagne with My Yacht Club Founder, Nicholas Frankl.

Appearances by celebrities, models, athletes, the Golden Girls and international guests, plus incredible music will once again make My Yacht Club the most exclusive place to party over Grand Prix weekend. Tickets are available online at My Yacht Club starting at $325 for a VIP All Night Pass that includes all drinks, all night! The Club is open 10pm – 4am, Friday and Saturday.

There are four ways to enter: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Iconosquare. To enter follow @MyYachtClub and post the picture using the hashtag #MyYachtClubWin. Contest Deadline is October 29, 2014, at 5:00 pm. There is no limit on how many times you can enter but each entry must depict the individual in a different Halloween costume, regardless of method of entry. Duplicate entries for a single individual will be disqualified. Find more info here.

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My Yacht™ Club Returns to Austin’s F1™ Weekend with Glamorous Parties Benefiting Ballet Austin

Claus Ettensberger John Paul DeJoria, Matt LeBlanc & Eloise DeJoria

Claus Ettensberger John Paul DeJoria, Matt LeBlanc & Eloise DeJoria

My Yacht™ Group, an international global luxury events producer, returns to Ballet Austin for the third time to host its two-night Monaco-style nightclub, My Yacht Club (MYC), during the 2014 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ weekend. Known for its luxury hospitality events on world-class yachts in locations such as Monaco, Cannes, Miami, Monterey and London, MYC brings its entertainment flair to Austin by transforming the main studio of Ballet Austin into a dazzling international style club on Friday and Saturday, October 31 and November 1. This year, Ballet Austin will receive benefits in support of its Night of Community Program, which works with more than 100 regional nonprofit organizations to distribute 10,000 free Ballet Austin tickets to individuals facing significant personal and financial challenges.

For two nights, Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd Street in downtown Austin, becomes the city’s ultimate off-track evening destination, featuring reserved tables with bottle service, the Golden Girls, international DJ, Alex Karlsson, a glittering shot-pouring aerialist and more.On Halloween, the club will transform into an enchanted forest; guests are encouraged to compete in a costume contest in which the winner walks away with a limited edition, 24k gold leaf-wrapped Methusalem (6 liter) of champagne valued at $20,000. Saturday night, the club revs up the glam factor with the Models’ Party. MYC operates from 10pm until 4am.

Reserved tables are available at five price levels ranging from $5,450 for the V8 table to $75,000 for the most exclusive club experience, the MethusalemV16 Ultimate Table. This red carpet package includes four gold-wrapped commemorative Methusalems, 10 Golden Girls, dedicated waitresses, two security guards and up to 20 guests on a private stage overlooking the dance floor. There are also individual VIPtickets for $325. 

Last year’s notable attendees included actors Matt LeBlanc (Friends, Episodes);, Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen, The Fast and the Furious); and Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained); New Zealand actor Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit, Spartacus); Sauber F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg; John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits; Oscar-winning sound designer Per Hallberg (Braveheart, Gladiator, Bourne Identity); and boxing legend Jake LaMotta.

“We’re thrilled to have My Yacht Club return to Ballet Austin as part of the annual Formula 1 United States Grand Prix celebration,” Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz said.  “Nicholas Frankl and his team are experts at creating world-class experiences for guests, in keeping with the luxurious spectacle that is Grand Prix weekend in Austin. As the returning hosts for this premium party, we are pleased to once again showcase our wonderful downtown facility to hundreds of race fans and visitors. We genuinely appreciate My Yacht Club’s continued support of Ballet Austin and our important community programming.”

My Yacht Group CEO and three-time Olympian Nicholas Frankl has been involved with the F1 industry for more than 20 years. His company brought the first Monaco-styled glamour event to Austin in 2012 when the partnership with Ballet Austin was formed. For more information about table bookings, individual passes and other enquires, contact Info@MyYachtClub.com, or visit http://www.myyachtclub.com. Track packages are also available.

Welcome Socar Chatmon-Thomas as President of Ballet Austin Guild

Socar Chatmon-Thomas

Socar Chatmon-Thomas

InFluential Magazine is pleased to welcome Socar Chatmon-Thomas as the 2014 / 15 President of the Ballet Austin Guild.

Ms. Chatmon-Thomas brings with her a love of dance and movement which has been a part of her life starting with fond memories of learning the Waltz as a young girl, at the feet of her father and modern forms of dance, at the feet of her mother. Also, she has been gifted to have experienced formal dance training from a young age. Fortunately this love of the arts has continued into adulthood and she and her husband have encouraged their children to have a love for the arts.

The Mission of Ballet Austin Guild is to support and promote the interests of Ballet Austin through educational programs, fundraising, and special events and Ms. Chatmon-Thomas plans to uphold this Mission while keeping a fun and festive atmosphere. As she said recently at the 2014/15 Kickoff Gala, “I’m pleased to be your President this season and I plan to make sure we accomplish many great things while having plenty of fun”. Knowing this lovely and spirited lady, we know she will take an active lead in doing just that.

Congratulations to Socar Chatmon-Thomas! You have our full support and we look forward to a thrilling year, filled with tremendous accomplishments.

My Yacht™ Group Brings International F1-Style Club Back to Ballet Austin

Nicholas Frankl, My Yacht Group CEO and three-time Olympian

 Lisa O’Neill of Newton O’Neill Communications shares with us that My Yacht™ Group, an international luxury events producer, returns to Austin with its three-night Monaco-style nightclub – My Yacht Club — during the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ weekend, November 15-17. Recognized as one of the premier post-race parties during F1’s 2012 Austin debut, My Yacht Group’s sophisticated nightlife experience returns to Texas, complete with 24-karat gold-flecked champagne and the glamorous Comte de Mazeray Golden Girls for three nights only at the Ballet Austin complex in downtown Austin.

Claus Ettensberger, John Paul DeJoria, Matt Leblanc, Eloise DeJoria

Last year’s party hosted guests such as Friends star Matt LeBlanc and Nicole Taylor of Entourage, plus John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits. Drivers in attendance included Torro Rosso’s Jean Eric-Vergne, Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov, Sauber F1’s Kamui Kobayashi, and USA F1 driver Alexander Rossi, among others. Visiting royalty, including the Crown Princes of Bahrain and of Saudi Arabia, also enjoyed My Yacht Club. 

Nicholas Frankl with the F1 Golden Girls

My Yacht Group CEO and three-time Olympian Nicholas Frankl has been involved with the F1 industry for more than 20 years. His company brought the first Monaco-styled glamour event to Austin in 2012. “Last year’s party was a resounding success, “Frankl said, “ And we expect this year’s event to be bigger, more star-studded and even more luxurious. Austin welcomed the Formula 1™ family with open arms and embraced the unique pop-up experience that My Yacht Group offered. Our goal is quality, not quantity, and this year’s party will go above and beyond anything Austin has seen.” 

For three nights, Ballet Austin is transformed into My Yacht Club featuring two custom rooms – the Grand Prix Lounge and the Monaco Dance Room.  The latter comes complete with bottle service, international DJ, Comte de Mazeray’s Golden Girls and the occasional pyrotechnics. 

Tables are available at four different levels ranging in price from $4,500 to a new V16 Table at $50,000. There are also individual VIP tickets for $300. For the ultimate red carpet experience, My Yacht Group has introduced a Methusalem V16 Ultimate Table for up to 20 guests in a private section including security, Golden Girls, plus two hand-engraved six-liter commemorative Comte de Mazeray bottles. Only ten of these exclusive, numbered Methusalems will be produced; Number 1 will be awarded to the winning driver of the U.S. Grand Prix.  Attendance is limited to 500 each evening. 

For more information about table bookings, individual passes and other enquires, contact Info@MyYachtClub.com, or visit http://www.myyachtclub.com. Track packages are also available.