Anne Maradik and Jane Anne Pilkinton

Ball Chairs


In light of current events, the decision has been made to cancel Swan Ball 2020, the Swan Ball 2020 Auction, and the Auction Party.

We are deeply grateful to our incredible Swan Ball 2020 Committees, as well as the Swan Ball Patrons, Underwriters, donors, travel professionals, vendors, friends, and advisors who have partnered with us on behalf of Swan Ball and Cheekwood this year. Because of their tireless efforts and ongoing generosity, we are hopeful that Swan Ball 2020 will be able to fulfill its mission of delivering vital funds to Cheekwood at a time when it is needed most.

We thank you for your enduring support of Swan Ball, and extend our heartfelt wishes for your good health and the well-being of our beloved community.

With love and gratitude,

Anne Maradik and Jane Anne Pilkinton
Swan Ball 2020 Chairmen


Idina Menzel

Entertainment


Idina Menzel rose to fame for her role as ‘Maureen’ in the popular Broadway musical RENT, and her career took off when she won a Tony Award for her role as ‘Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West,’ in the smash musical, WICKED.

Her voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar ® winning Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time, with more than $1.2 billion in worldwide box office revenue. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, became an instant international phenomenon, winning the Oscar ® for Best Original Song and the Grammy ® Award for Best SongWritten for Visual Media. The track reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Menzel the first artist with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Menzel brought her talents back to the stage as ‘Jodi’ in both the East and West Coast productions of Joshua Harmon’s SKINTIGHT, which opened to rave reviews at The Roundabout Theatre Company.

She recently reprised her leading role as ‘Elsa’ in the highly anticipated release of Disney’s Frozen 2 and joined Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the Safdie Brothers’ A24 film Uncut Gems, in theaters now.


Tara Guérard

Designer


Recognized as one of the nation’s leading tastemakers, Tara Guérard has earned a widespread reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions.

For over 20 years, clients across the United States and abroad have turned to Tara for her impeccably executed events infused with Southern hospitality. With a core business in event design, Tara has expanded her brand to include furniture design and her letterpress printing company, Lettered Olive. She maintains offices in both Charleston and New York City.

A noted style expert, Tara has been featured in several national publications, including Food & Wine, InStyle, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Brides, and was named a top wedding planner by Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and the Style Network. Additionally, Tara is a regular on the speaking circuit, dispensing tips and advice on an array of design-related topics.


Verdura and Belperron

Jewelers


About Verdura

Verdura is an American fine jeweler headquartered in New York.  The company was founded in 1939 by Sicilian Duke Fulco di Verdura, and is internationally recognized for its timeless, elegant and distinctly original designs. Verdura began his career as the head jewelry designer for Coco Chanel, for whom he designed the Maltese Cross brooches and cuffs that became his signature. Having Hollywood ties through longtime friend Cole Porter, Verdura ventured to America and began designing colorful jewels for stars of the era, including Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. In 1939, Verdura opened his doors on Fifth Avenue in New York with the financial backing of Cole Porter and Vincent Astor, and immediately gained a following with New York society and fashion’s best-dressed list, including style icon Babe Paley.  In 1985, Ward Landrigan purchased Verdura and has continued the tradition of creating timeless designs from the nearly 10,000 sketches Fulco di Verdura made in his lifetime. In 2004, his son, Nico Landrigan, joined the family business and currently serves as President alongside his father, who is the Chairman and CEO.

About Belperron

Belperron is a fine jeweler selling vintage jewelry and reprised designs by the late designer, Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983).  After beginning her career with Boivin in 1919, Belperron pioneered a new aesthetic in jewelry:  sensual, tactile and arrestingly modern. With influential clients such as Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland, Belperron is widely recognized as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.  Asked why she never signed her jewelry, she replied “My style is my signature.”   

In 2015, Belperron LLC opened its first flagship salon in over forty years on New York City’s Fifth Avenue, designed by noted architect Daniel Romualdez.  Bringing all of her work under one roof, the Belperron salon features the largest selection of vintage Belperron, many from important private collections from around the world.  Today, the Belperron collection, created entirely from her archive of over 9,300 gouache paintings and designs, embodies the essence of Belperron’s aesthetic.  Nico Landrigan, President of Verdura and Belperron, is responsible for the revival of Madame Belperron’s work.   His mission: to find and create bold and timeless jewelry that​ ​speaks to a new generation of jewelry collectors.


Leslie & Dale Chihuly

Swan Award Recipients

Dale Chihuly is an American artist noted for revolutionizing the studio glass movement and elevating perceptions of the glass medium.
Known for ambitious architectural installations in cities, museums, and gardens, Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide,

Leslie Jackson Chihuly is an American arts executive and philanthropist with a focus on democratizing access to the arts and to ensuring ongoing viability for artists and arts organizations. She is the president and chief executive officer of Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop, both of which support the artistic vision of her husband and partner, Dale Chihuly.

Together, they are co-founders of The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, which supports activities that focus on making grants to individual artists and to ensuring accessibility to arts education programs. Since 2010, the Foundation has made multi-year funding commitments to programs and organizations that support artists, enable youth arts education, and enhance quality of life for fragile populations including the elderly, veterans, and the disabled, through art-making experiences.


Professor D & Georgia Bridgwater

Late Night Band


For the first time at Swan Ball, highly sought after acts Professor D and the Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra will join forces to provide non-stop, high energy late night entertainment. Georgia, who hails from Manchester, England, is known for delivering a mix of crowd-pleasing dance hits and big band sets at luxury events nationwide, including Yelp-founder Jeremy Stoppelman’s wedding. Based out of Texas, Professor D is billed as America’s best party band, having opened for countless acts including The Gap Band, Kool & the Gang, Janet Jackson, Prince, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Backstreet Boys. Together, Georgia Bridgwater and Professor D’s 20 piece collaboration will include horns, guitar, bass, keyboards, and strings, and promises the perfect blend of music to delight Swan Ball guests and keep the dance floor full.