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Executive director Richard Russell and his wife Cynthia with gala chairwoman Rachel Worthington and husband, board chair Don Worthington

The Opera Gala: 'An Evening in the Forbidden City'

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Executive director Richard Russell and his wife Cynthia with gala chairwoman Rachel Worthington and husband, board chair Don Worthington

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The ballroom was decorated with a Chinese pagoda created especially for the event as well as silk lanterns, and centerpieces made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

The ballroom was decorated with a Chinese pagoda created especially for the event as well as silk lanterns, and centerpieces made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

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Each table had a beautiful centerpiece made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Each table had a beautiful centerpiece made from bamboo and orchids designed by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio.

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Silk lanterns hung high in the ballroom.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Silk lanterns hung high in the ballroom.

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Table setting

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Table setting

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Michelle Jaros and Dan Robinson

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Michelle Jaros and Dan Robinson

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Chinese fans were on display throughout the lobby and guests were encouraged to take one.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Chinese fans were on display throughout the lobby and guests were encouraged to take one.

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Eleanor and Bruce Ballard

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Eleanor and Bruce Ballard

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Robert Singer, Myrtle Hylton and Charles Harshbarger

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Robert Singer, Myrtle Hylton and Charles Harshbarger

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Mary Lou Loughlin and Bob Ploussard

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Mary Lou Loughlin and Bob Ploussard

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Gail Briley and Frances Vitale

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Gail Briley and Frances Vitale

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Bill and Annette Lloyd

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Bill and Annette Lloyd

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Annette Lloyd

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Annette Lloyd

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Louis and Elizabeth Wery with Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Louis and Elizabeth Wery with Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Elizabeth and Louis Wery

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Elizabeth and Louis Wery

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Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Ellyn Drummond and Scott Bushey

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Chinese paper fans and a candleholder with the Chinese characters for “good luck”.

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Chinese paper fans and a candleholder with the Chinese characters for “good luck”.

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Douglas Moppert and Shirley Andrews

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Douglas Moppert and Shirley Andrews

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Frieda DaGrosa, Mary Zabin and Marina Anderson

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Frieda DaGrosa, Mary Zabin and Marina Anderson

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Marcia Frankel and Bert Fivelson

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Marcia Frankel and Bert Fivelson

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Richard Russell and Linda Carson

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Richard Russell and Linda Carson

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Hank and Suzanne Foster with Carol and Les Brualdi

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Hank and Suzanne Foster with Carol and Les Brualdi

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Bill and Rebecca Tompkins

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Bill and Rebecca Tompkins

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Erik and Sandra Lindqvist

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Erik and Sandra Lindqvist

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Mike and Deanna Creaturo

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Mike and Deanna Creaturo

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Michael and Sonia Gibson

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Michael and Sonia Gibson

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Michel and Laurence Monsellier

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Michel and Laurence Monsellier

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Laurence Monsellier in a dress designed by David Walker

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Laurence Monsellier in a dress designed by David Walker

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Wendy and Jerry Feinstein

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Wendy and Jerry Feinstein

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Jerry and Beathe Elden

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Jerry and Beathe Elden

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Chairwoman Rachael Worthington with co-chairmen Richard Ferrell and Jonathan Coleman

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 |

Chairwoman Rachael Worthington with co-chairmen Richard Ferrell and Jonathan Coleman

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Elissa Soyken in a dress by Jovani

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Elissa Soyken in a dress by Jovani

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Phil King and Dennis Stover

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Phil King and Dennis Stover

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Tom and Marjie Peter

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Tom and Marjie Peter

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Lisa and Vincent DiSimone

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Lisa and Vincent DiSimone

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Herb Kaufman, Emily Varnell, Maija Kaufman and Ray Varnell

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Herb Kaufman, Emily Varnell, Maija Kaufman and Ray Varnell

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Marsha and Dick Johnson

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Marsha and Dick Johnson

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Douglas Crossan and Marilyn Bezner

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Douglas Crossan and Marilyn Bezner

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Martin Martel and Bonny Heet

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Martin Martel and Bonny Heet

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Tom Jones, Valerie Leatherwood and Larry English

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Tom Jones, Valerie Leatherwood and Larry English

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Anna Nekoranec and Bengt Niebuhr

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Anna Nekoranec and Bengt Niebuhr

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Richard Russell with Molly Schechter and Harold Ronson

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Richard Russell with Molly Schechter and Harold Ronson

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David and Jacqueline Morton

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David and Jacqueline Morton

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John Nigh and Claudia McCorkle with Annette and Bill Lloyd

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John Nigh and Claudia McCorkle with Annette and Bill Lloyd

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Amy and George Kane

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Amy and George Kane

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Judy and Jack Bloch

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Judy and Jack Bloch

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Stephanie and Josh McCoy

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Stephanie and Josh McCoy

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Jeanne Auten and Dr. Sam Fichera

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Jeanne Auten and Dr. Sam Fichera

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Jennifer and Ken Tarasi

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Jennifer and Ken Tarasi

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Pam and George Campbell

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Pam and George Campbell

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Natalie and Gerry Radford

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Natalie and Gerry Radford

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Teri Hansen and Joel Fedder

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Teri Hansen and Joel Fedder

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Doug Elliott and Brigitte Ortiz with Rachael and Don Worthington

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Doug Elliott and Brigitte Ortiz with Rachael and Don Worthington

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Norman and Sylvia Samet with Rochelle and George Stassa

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Norman and Sylvia Samet with Rochelle and George Stassa

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Bob and Victoria Kupec with Chip and Ewa Christian

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Bob and Victoria Kupec with Chip and Ewa Christian

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Donna and Craig Hecker

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Donna and Craig Hecker

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Elena Azuora with her mother Jane Wellard

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Elena Azuora with her mother Jane Wellard

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David Walker, Laurie Smith and Gerry Shaikun

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David Walker, Laurie Smith and Gerry Shaikun

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Margaret Word Burnside, Aaron Fodiman and Fay Lazaris

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Margaret Word Burnside, Aaron Fodiman and Fay Lazaris

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Aaron Fodiman’s bedazzled bowtie

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Aaron Fodiman’s bedazzled bowtie

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