The glitter and the glam at S.F. Ballet gala
Carolyne Zinko,Sylvia Rubin, Chronicle Staff Writers
Friday, January 23, 2009
What is customarily the most populated event of the Ballet season - its gala fundraising dinner Wednesday - was one of the most lightly attended in recent memory, thanks to the presidential inauguration, a forthcoming sister-city mission in Paris and the Davos summit, and, primarily, the bum economy.
Last year, some 1,200 guests paid at the highest levels - grand benefactors, benefactors and patrons - to attend the preshow dinner at City Hall. Wednesday, the number paying from $1,000 to $3,700 a ticket at the fete hovered at 750, a 37 percent drop from last year, Ballet officials confirmed.
That's still a lot of people spending top dollar, and it was anticipated that the event would net $850,000 for education programs and the Ballet school, said Glenn McCoy, executive director of the Ballet. Other good news in the eye of the fiscal storm: The Ballet's endowment campaign, announced on gala night, has reached $44 million, some $20 million more than the goal.