Cocktail fundraiser nets $50,000 for Ballet Palm Beach


Ballet Palm Beach’s recently-held cocktail fundraiser netted $50,000 to support its main stage productions and community outreach programs.

The nonprofit professional dance company’s founder and artistic director, Colleen Smith, welcomed 130 patrons, leaders and dancers at the new Fritz Gallery in Palm Beach.

The evening included performances by Ballet Palm Beach dancers Lily Ojea Loveland and Aaron Melendrez, and Madeleine Miller and Aurelio Guimaraes. 

“It was a delight to welcome so many new supporters and introduce them to our extraordinarily talented dancers,” said Smith.  

A highlight of the event was the auction that included the opportunity to accompany Ballet Palm Beach’s artistic director and dancers on an upcoming outreach trip to Cuba, or have a walk-on part in the company’s much-loved production of “The Nutcracker” in December.

Upcoming performances by Ballet Palm Beach include “Premieres” at the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse March 25-27 and “Wonderland” at The King’s Academy’s Page Family Center for Performing Arts May 10-12.

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Pictured above: From left, Amy Swan, Tara Harris, Candace Nagle and Tracy Rice attend the recently-held “Dance Revealed” cocktail fundraiser benefitting Ballet Palm Beach at the Fritz Gallery in Palm Beach. Photo by Capehart Photography

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