The 2015 Huntington Ball

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From STAFF REPORTS | Photography by JAMIE PHAM

6:06 pm | September 17, 2015


The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens held its 2015 Huntington Ball on Saturday evening, September 12, 2015. Hosted by the Rothenberg Family in honor of Jim Rothenberg’s indomitable spirit, the black-tie gala brought together 415 distinguished guests whose generous support helped raise in excess of $430,000, with proceeds supporting The Huntington’s research and educational programs.

This year’s soirée was held in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amidst a landscape of California natives and adaptive plantings in the Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden. Following cocktails, guests proceeded to the Stroll Garden for a three-course dinner prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. With Alexander Calder’s monumental red metal sculpture, Jerusalem Stabile as a dramatic backdrop, the Stroll Garden was transformed by dynamic lighting, elegant décor, and stunning floral displays by Jacob Maarse Florists.

Once seated for dinner, guests were welcomed by Huntington President Laura Skandera Trombley. Trombley paid special tribute to the Rothenberg Family and reflected on the promise and excitement of the many exquisite possibilities that the future holds for The Huntington.

“I’d like to extend a special note of appreciation to the Rothenberg family for their history of extraordinary stewardship and their continued and enduring support for The Huntington. Because of them, we have such a special place.”

The music of Wayne Foster Entertainment delighted guests throughout the evening. Following dessert, dancing and after dinner cocktails continued well into the night.

For additional information and to request images and captions, please contact Daniel Johnson, Advancement Office, at (626) 405-3412 or djohnson@huntington.org.

Huntington Ball Menu
Prepared by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

First Course:
Red and Yellow Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Cylinder Salad
Bed of Baby Arugula and Feta Cheese
White Balsamic Vinaigrette

Entrée Course:
Grilled Flat Iron Steak and Big Shrimp in Parchment Twist
Cabernet Wine Sauce, Small Cipollini Onions
Tomato, Fennel, Dill and Thyme,
Brussels Sprout Leaves and Baby Peas

Dessert Course:
Warm Chocolate Soufflé
Whipped Cream and Crème Anglaise
Fresh Berries

Floral Arrangements by Jacob Maarse Florists
Exotic modern arrangement in silver asymmetrical vessels. The arrangements are created with beautiful green cymbidium orchids from San Diego Ca. Also included in the arrangements are miniature allium sphaerocephalon from Holland, braided steel grass, green celosia cristata from the USA, super green roses from Ecuador. Collaring the arrangement are umbrella ferns from Ecuador. Tucked gracefully between all the flowers are green dianthus from Holland. The event decor will be colorblocked with complementing red arrangements that are created with red roses, red cockscomb, red Gloriosa rothschildiana lilies, Curly willow, exotic Banksia coccinea and berries. The chandeliers will be dressed with Italian Ruscus green and red Amaranthus, green and red orchids and Gloriosa rothschildians and Banksia coccinea.

About the Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at huntington.org.

Visitor Information

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. For more information, contact (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.