Dede Hosts Ballet Benefactors

A cocktail reception on the 10th honored the benefactors & grand benefactors of the San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Diamond Gala Celebration, which will be held on January 23 to launch its 75th anniversary season.

The reception, sponsored by the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary, was hosted by Mrs. Alfred (Dede) Wilsey at her home, shown here with dancer Aubert Vanderlinden, and Yurie Pascarella.


Rosemary Baker (Gala Dinner Chair), Glenn McCoy (Executive Director, San Francisco Ballet Association), O.J. Shansby

Party chair was Angelique Griepp

Over 200 guests, including several members of the San Francisco Ballet’s Board of Trustees and Board Co-Chairs Pamela Joyner (shown here with Fred Giuffrida), and James Herbert, attended the reception.

Google’s Marissa Mayer, with Zachary Bogue

Cecilia Herbert, James Herbert (Co-Chair, San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees)

Ann Fisher, Aubert Vanderlinden (Dancer), Dr. Janice Zakin

Jean Larette (Gala Chair), Glenn McCoy (Executive Director, San Francisco Ballet Association), Marie O’Gara Lipman (President, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary)

Jennifer Caldwell, John Fisher

Jim Schneider, Barbara Brookins-Schneider

Gail De Martini, Merrill Kasper

Dede Wilsey (Benefactor Party hostess), Marie O’Gara Lipman (President, San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary)

Dr. Jeffrey Hays, Genevieve Molat, Pascal Molat (Principal Dancer)

Frank Kawalkowski, Marlene Tomasson, Daru Kawalkowski, Helgi Tomasson (Artistic Director, San Francisco Ballet).

Damion Matthews is the founder and editor of SFLUXE, and has also contributed to Town & Country, 7x7, Salon, Dutch and other national publications.