The Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet hosted its 25th annual "Nutcracker" Family Dinner on Dec. 15 at the Palmer House Hilton. The Grand and State ballrooms were enchantingly transformed by Kehoe Designs to resemble the Land of Sweets from Robert Joffrey's production of "The Nutcracker," which guests had the option of visiting before or after dinner at the Auditorium Theatre.
Candy archways, costumed characters from the ballet and holiday decor brought the production to life for adults and children alike. A traditional family-style meal was served with tiny bells placed at each table setting. To start the festivities, attendees were encouraged to ring them as they sang along to "Jingle Bells." Following dinner, DJ Brad Blumenthal invited the kiddies on stage to dance.
Creation stations delighted young and old with opportunities to decorate toeshoes, cupcakes and nutcrackers, as well as create Lego designs. Guests designed beaded jewelry and enjoyed candy from Candyality. The Rock Candy Nail Salon & Spa offered mini manicures, and performers from "The Nutcracker" posed with guests in the photo booth. Artists were on hand to personalize "The Nutcracker" T-shirts, and The Great Frankini (Frank Glab) delighted children with juggling and magic tricks that featured white doves.
Joffrey Ballet Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway and artistic director Ashley Wheater, along with event co-chairs Laura Kofoid and Carol Stone, welcomed the crowd. With more than 650 attendees, this year's event was the largest to date and raised more than $150,000 for the organization.
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