Infinite Romance at San Francisco Ballet Gala

Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson opened San Francisco Ballet’s 82nd Repertory Season with the theme of Infinite Romance on January 22, 2015, at the War Memorial Opera House. Twelve classical and contemporary works and excerpts were presented onstage as part of the one-night-only program.

Prior to the performance, three black-tie fundraising dinners took place across the street at City Hall. The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary hosted some 800 guests at the Grand Benefactor, Benefactor, and Patron dinners led by Gala Chair Shelby T. Strudwick. Gala Dinner Chair Carolyn C. Chang, M.D. Décor Chair Patty Rock and her committee worked with J Riccardo Benavides to create a romantic environment. ENCORE!, the social and networking group of young professionals supporting SF Ballet, hosted a cocktail buffet for 200 in the South Light Court, chaired by Greer Goings. Click here for some of our favorite red carpet gowns on opening night.

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

Red Carpet Bay Area could not help but notice and admire the couples out for the romance-inspired evening. We held a “Cutest Couple” at the ENCORE! Gala contest on our Facebook page. In case you missed it, ENCORE! Gala Vice Chair Bridget Dixen Nguyen and her husband Mike Nguyen received the most votes and won red-carpet style treatments from our sponsors, MilVali Salon and Epi Center MedSpa.

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