Through the years, Sacramento has grown in many ways and the newly planned Kings Arena is not the only thing to raise eyebrows. The glitz of the planned arena was a subject for extensive debate for quite some time but the Sacramento Ballet is raising eyebrows and excitement for quite another reason. Their Gala (now in its second year) is one of the biggest to-dos to hit the city in recent years. Pecorelli Productions states that it's a gala among the highest of magnitudes that Pecorelli has produced in Sacramento.
The "Glitz and Glamour Gala" takes place at the Memorial Auditorium on Mar. 15, 2014 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The Auditorium will actually be transformed into a glamorous Hollywood supper club, circa 1930's, with a complete lay-out of "glitz and glamour." The glitz will include a three-course dinner with wine, a champagne reception, live music by the Peter Petty Orchestra, signature drinks and a casino for attendees who can play to win raffle tickets. Raffle prizes include season tickets to the Sacramento Ballet for two (grand prize), individual performance tickets, a chance to be a party guest in the Nutcracker ballet and other prizes.
The evening will be filled with enchantment as Sacramento Ballet dancers teach the Continental and lead the Conga Line. Guests are encouraged to arrive in their best representation of the "Hollywood Golden Era" and perhaps compete in the costume contest. Many of last year's attendees went all-out and arrived decked-out in the 1920's fashion with the 2013 gala being a "Great Gatsby Prohibition Party." This year guests might arrive looking like Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable and other 1930's famous and infamous personalities. A complimentary photo booth by Giggle & Riot with period accessories will be on site as well as Action Flip Books' incredible green screen staging for guests to dance and pose in front of to create flip books with period scenery. That's a "Wow" treat and makes for a great remembrance gift that will bring the gala to life with period action scenes.
The gala will allow guests to "play like a Rockefeller at a lavish casino" with complimentary chips for poker, roulette, and craps tables while live music swells the Memorial Auditorium with big band era music. The first Gala in 2013 was a huge success which has many anticipating the shimmer, shake and shine planned for this year's event. After one year, the gala has already become regarded as one of the most sought after "premier social events" to attend.
The big bonus of the affair is that it actually benefits the Sacramento Ballet. Cost of tickets are an 80% tax deductible donation and supports the Sacramento performing art filled with dancers who put their heart and soul into every show. Sacramento Ballet performances have become widely recognized hits often featuring world premiers by notable choreographers like Ma Cong's "Acceptance" in the recent Wild Sweet Love triple billing.
Natalee Pecorelli explains that she wants "guests to walk away thinking it was the best party they ever attended ... and show stopping entertainment is guaranteed." Table sponsors will actually receive ten tickets to the upcoming Ron Cunningham's spectacular ballet Carmina Burana which is accompanied by live music and a full chorus with George Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante.
Table sponsorship costs $2,500 and consists of ten tickets for a full table and special perks like the Carmina Burana ballet tickets and an option to share the table with one or two of the Sacramento Ballet dancers. Purchasing ten individual tickets provides a discount of $500 and individual tickets are $250 each. (Ticket information is available at Eventbrite.com.) The Gala is indeed a full extravaganza of "Glitz and Glamour." It's a big party designed in such a manner that it will keep people talking about it long after as they remember the costumes, the lights, the dinner and drinks, the music and the well planned twinkle and excitement of the 1930's theme.
The difference between this gala and a standard sit down dinner fundraiser is that Pecorelli aims to create an event where guests can have fun dressing up, playing casino games, dancing, sharing glitz and glamour with friends all while supporting the Sacramento Ballet to the max without being expected to give more during the event through auctions and extensive raffles. The gala is about party time with extreme theme Hollywood glamour and fun.
Please see the attached slideshow for images of the first production called the "Great Gatsby Prohibition Party" as photographed by Martin Vo. These glimpses of the prior year's event only hint at the great fun in store for those who partake of the opportunity to purchase from limited tickets to the Sacramento "premier social event" of the year. You can also find "Top reason Sacramento Ballet gala guests will return" here. This article provides some fun insights into gala guests' experiences at the 2013 gala and their plans for this year.