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.

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.