This year’s Beaux Arts Ball marks the 19th year of providing an elegant evening full of laughter, delectable dishes, wine, spirits and vibrant entertainment! Dawn your black-tie attire for this fundraising event benefiting VOICES of Kentuckiana in its mission as a chorus to change hearts and minds through music. We chatted with the event coordinator, Michael Adams, to get the inside scoop on this event!
What is the Beaux Arts Ball?
The Beaux Arts Ball is a black-tie gala that benefits VOICES of Kentuckiana, which is an all-inclusive community chorus for men and women.
What can guests expect at the event?
Bars and silent auction open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at The Brown Hotel. There will be a carefully crafted three-course meal. We’ll have a live auction and a performance by “America’s Got Talent” finalist, Brian Justin Crum. Brian’s appearances on the show highlighted his struggle growing up gay and being bullied. There will be also dancing at the end of the evening.
Tell us about this year’s theme and how it came about.
There is no official theme, however, The Beaux Arts Ball is where fun meets elegance! This is a crowd that knows how to have a good time and we are in the one of the most elegantly beautiful rooms in the city: The Crystal Ballroom of The Brown Hotel. We didn’t want to detract from the opulence and elegance of the room, so we chose to not impose anything on the room.
Why is this event important for the arts and greater community?
Any opportunity for the LGBTQA community to stand tall and make a statement that we have a rightful place with everyone else is important. We started The Beaux Arts Ball 19 years ago (when there was nothing like it here and when being LGBTQA in Louisville was not easy) because we wanted to have a formal and beautiful evening in a mainstream location (not a building with darkened windows) where we could enjoy the company of friends, family and loved ones just like everyone else we knew – without fear. But WITH fun!
What sponsors do you have on board this year and are there any auction items you can expect to result in competitive bidding?
We are proud to have many sponsors –both corporate and individual. The list is long. Nowhere Bar and Somewhere Restaurant are sponsoring our entertainer, Brian Justin Crum. Diageo and Old 502 Winery are also big sponsors. … Davis Jewelers is donating a very nice watch (the winner gets to choose from a selection of four options); local artist Joshua Jenkins is making several of his paintings available to us.
How has the event grown over the years?
This is the 19th year we have hosted The Beaux Arts Ball. Each year we have grown to consistently have 300-350 guests in attendance.
How do you hope the event changes in years to come?
We wanted to be at The Brown Hotel, which has a maximum guest attendance of 360, so we will probably hover at this level for a few years. Each year, we look at the event from a fresh perspective and create something special. Next year is our 20th, so we’ll do something special for that.
Where can you purchase tickets? Is it too late?
No, it is not too late to purchase tickets! Tickets are $125 per guest and can be purchased online at beauxartsball.com. VT
What: Beaux Arts Ball
When: Saturday, February 25
Where: The Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway
Cost: $125 per ticket