February 01, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                            
February 1, 2010
Contact: Katharene Snavely
Phone:  410.269.1132

Let’s hear it for Annapolis Symphony Orchestra patrons! With no regard whatsoever, for the eight inches of snow in Annapolis, they showed up in full force at the Loews Annapolis on Saturday night in ball gowns and black tie, some trading their snow boots for high heals once in the lobby.

Nearly 200 guests celebrated the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in grand style at the 2010 ASO Ball A Night in Old Havana. Guests quickly warmed up in the Havana themed reception enjoying Mojitos and Daiquiris while shopping the Market Style silent auction. Following the reception, guest entered the tropical ballroom and feasted on a three course traditional Cuban dinner and danced until midnight.

A Night in Old Havana not only defied the weather, but defied a tough economy, at least for one night. The ASO’s biggest fundraiser of the year, surpassed its goal and raised over $100,000. It was a frenzy of raffle ticket sales, live auction bids and straight up cash donations to support the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

“We are very fortunate to have the patrons we do. The ASO Ball is a favorite event for many of our guests, and they were not going to let snow stop them from enjoying this annual celebration. They know that their support on this one night has a very real impact on the symphony for the entire year. It makes many of our programs possible” commented Katharene Snavely, Development Director.

Linda Hortick left with a beautiful David Yurman diamond bracelet, event chairs Peter and Manelle Martino picked up a deluxe trip to London and Lou and Laurie Berman secured an exclusive dinner party for 8 with Maestro José-Luis Novo as guest of honor. At the end of the night as guests once again got ready to brave the cold, the most repeated comment was “My feet hurt from dancing all night.”

The ASO wishes to especially thank the Baltimore-Annapolis Lexus Dealers Association, Presenting Sponsor of the 2010 Ball, and other corporate sponsors including ARINC, M&T Bank, United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, The Severn Companies, and BB&T.

“Lexus is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 Ball. The ASO is a source of great joy and pride for our community and as such, it is important to Lexus to support their world class performances and innovative education programs,” commented Paul LaRochelle, General Manager of Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis.