Ballet Austin’s Once Upon A Fête Tells A Perfect Story In Two Parts
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by John Pesina, Victor Savelle and Alejandro Silveyra
THE SCENE: Once upon a time, Austin’s JW Marriott Hotel was the setting where during the course of an enchanting evening, 600 of Austin’s Sociable VIPs gathered for Ballet Austin’s Fête and fête*ish One Upon a Fête gala.
THE VIBE: The story of this affair began with cocktails in the ballroom foyer of the JW Marriott. The black-tie gathering featured beautiful characters with a wide range of style. Ladies wore a mix of black, lace, print and brightly colored ensembles, while men wore an array of tuxedos with many featuring pops of color in tuxedo jackets, bow-ties and pocket squares.
The next chapter of the evening continued where Mandarin Design Lab created an impeccably forest-themed ballroom for the evening’s program. Highlights included a live auction that included a Fashion X Austin experience, a substantial piece of art donated by world-renowned artist Brad Ellis, and several five-star trips. The Society Diaries‘ own Lance Avery Morgan emceed the evening’s festivities. The story concluded with the fête*ish after party where the fun continued well into the night as partygoers danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Mel.
THE CAUSE: Fête, co-chaired by Michael and Natasa Valocchi and fête*ish, co-chaired by Cassie LaMere and Cassandra King Polidori, raised almost half a million dollars for Ballet Austin, whose mission is to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts and arts education programs.