Nutcracker Charity Ball

Each December, Mobile Ballet hosts The Nutcracker Charity Ball – our signature event featuring some of the area’s most outstanding young women in support of our commitment to community.

As our signature special event, the Nutcracker Charity Ball has raised more than $1.2 million since its inception for the programs of Mobile Ballet, as well as significant funds for children’s charities, which are selected in a formal grant application process each year. The magical evening of the Ball includes a performance by the Mobile Ballet Company and students of the Mobile Ballet School, as well as presentation of our Nutcracker Charity Ball debutantes. These outstanding young women and their families are invited by our Board to participate. We emphasize the transition for these young women into the adult world of charitable giving, community volunteerism and support for the arts.

Beyond the traditional presentation to society, our mission is introducing these young women to meaningful community service.  Debutantes join in service projects like Day of Dance with the Boys & Girls Clubs, working with children who might otherwise not have an opportunity for exposure to dance and the arts.

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The 2020 & 2021 Nutcracker Charity Ball events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Nutcracker Charity Ball Grant

The Nutcracker Charity Ball benefits the programs of Mobile Ballet along with a local children’s charity which is selected by Mobile Ballet’s Board of Directors each year through a formal grant application process.  Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations serving children in Mobile and Baldwin counties are invited to apply.

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Grant Recipients include:

2019 Wilmer Hall Children’s Home – Transitional Living Program

2018 Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama

2017 Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama

2016 Dumas Wesley Community Center, After School Achievement Program (ASAP)

2015 The Family Center – Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse Family Time Program

2014 BayPointe Children’s Hospital

2013 Goodwill Easter Seals Child Development Center

2012 Children’s Programs of Penelope House

2012 USS Hope at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital

2011 Wilmer Hall Children’s Home

2010 St. Mary’s Home

2009 Woody’s Song – Day Program for Children with Autism

2008 USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

2007 Child Advocacy Center

2006 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

2006 Southeastern Diabetes Foundation, children’s programs

2005 Mercy Medical’s Guardian Angel Program

2005 Camp Rap-A-Hope – Medical Alliance

2004 Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama

2004 Camp MASH – Arthritis Foundation

2003 FIND – Friends Interested in Neurological Disorders

2003 Ronald McDonald House

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