The 46th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Attendees enjoyed a lovely catered lunch and special performances by Senior and Junior Company dancers.
The afternoon began with the Annual Meeting in which Director Maxine Mahon provided a report on the artistic and financial successes of the 46th season. The new board of trustees was voted in for the next year, and association members were given a chance to review the company financials. Following the business portion of the meeting, outstanding volunteers, donors, and members were honored with special awards. Longtime company dancer Amanda Daly was named Dancer of the Year, and company choreographer Wayne Davis was given the Director’s Tribute.
“California Ballet has always relied on the generosity of its volunteers,” notes Director Maxine Mahon, “The company owes much of its success over the past five decades to dedicated volunteers, like those honored at the Annual Meeting each year.”
A silent auction was held before and throughout the event. For the first time in CBC history, the auction was held online on the company’s website, as well as at the Annual Meeting. Bidding closed just prior to the special performance, and the auction raised over $2,500 for the company. Plans for another online auction are currently being discussed.
Despite the nearly 100 degree heat, attendance was spectacular with over 100 members in attendance. The audience was treated to an historical retrospective which featured footage of Director Maxine Mahon dancing the role of Swanhilda from Coppelia, as well as footage from the 1971 premiere of the full-length The Nutcracker at the Russ Auditorium and a look back at many of the ballerinas who have danced the role of Giselle since the ballet’s 1978 premiere.