Oakland Ballet Company presents its annual Spring Gala fundraiser event on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6-10pm at the elegant Bellevue Club overlooking scenic Lake Merritt in Oakland. The evening is hosted by ABC7 news reporter, Cheryl Jennings, in what has become an Oakland Ballet tradition, and includes a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception; an informal performance featuring highlights from the company's spring season, Scene and Heard; a sumptuous three-course dinner catered by the Bellevue Club; and a silent auction offering items such as vacation packages, tickets to local sporting and cultural events, luxury goods, and local services.
Guests may also bid to win a cameo role in the company's annual Nutcracker production at the Paramount Theatre this December. For the second year, attendees are invited to dance with members of Oakland Ballet following dinner, with live music provided by Little Jonny and the Giants. The annual gala is an opportunity for ballet lovers to participate in Oakland's thriving cultural landscape, by supporting Oakland Ballet's mission to keep world-class ballet accessible and relevant to diverse East Bay audiences. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf serves as Honorary Chair.