"A Midsummer's Night" to benefit the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet will be held Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Sheldon House will be transformed into a beautifully lit al fresco terrace and lawn where guests can enjoy complimentary hors d'ouevres and desserts, live music by Erie band Monk's Brew and dancing on the terrace. A cash bar serving premium wines, champagne and beers will be available.
The host and hostess for the evening are Flip Yates and Mary Anne Harp.
"We are honored to host this very worthy event for a cause that we have enthusiastically supported for years," Harp said. "Considering the size of our community we are extremely fortunate to have a ballet program of this quality here. We hope everyone will come out to support CRYB and enjoy what promises to be a very lovely evening."
Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Tickets may be made by calling CRYB at 664-9766 or at the Reg Lenna Box Office online or at 484-7070.
The evening will feature auctions and other fun activities to help raise funds for the Youth Ballet. Some of the donated items available that evening will be:
Tickets to the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center and a backstage tour donated by NYCB principal dancer, Daniel Ulbricht
A Chautauqua overnight package including accommodations at the Antheneum, meals and gate passes
Tickets to Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Reg Lenna and a gift certificate to Forte
Francesca's, Harbor Grill Restaurant, Christa's Angel on Earth are among others who have also donated items.
All proceeds from the event will be used to support the programs and students of the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet.
For the past 20 years, CRYB has been the only program of its kind in this area, offering quality training in classical ballet to area youth. Through the generosity of friends and patrons, scholarships have made it possible for all students with the drive and talent to pursue their passion for dance regardless of their financial situation and have made it possible for the art of ballet to thrive in our community.
Artistic Director Monika Alch encourages everyone who believes in the importance of the arts in our community to plan on attending.
"In today's tough economic times, this is a comfortably priced way to enjoy an enchanting evening out while at the same time supporting the Youth Ballet and its most valuable assets - its young dancers."
For more information, call 664-9766 or visit www.cryb.net.
The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is a nonprofit organization and the area's premier school for classical ballet training.