Swan House Ball to honor work of Frances Cocke

The Swan House Ball on Saturday, April 26, will benefit the Atlanta History Center and celebrate the cultural leadership of Frances Floyd Cocke, a founder of the Forward Arts Foundation, benefactress of the Atlanta History Center and the High Museum of Art and a committed volunteer who continued her family’s 150-year heritage of community leadership.

Fanny Cocke’s daughter, Jane Cocke Black, and her husband Dameron Black III, are Honorary chairs for the ball, while Susan Tucker is the ball chair.

This year’s event begins with cocktails in the History Center, dinner in the Overlook Ballroom and concluding with dancing under the stars at the Swan House, where dessert, cordials and coffee will be served.

Presenting sponsors of the ball are The Streets of Buckhead development and Delta Air Lines. Joining as supporting sponsors are BNY Mellon and The Coca-Cola Company, while Cartier and Century Travel are major contributors.

A cadre of prominent Northsiders are planning the Ball, including the host committee co-chairmen quartet of Karen and Richard Parker, Alfred Kennedy and Dr. William Kenny; patron co-chairmen Karen Spiegel and Jack Sawyer; corporate co-chairmen Tommy Hills, Richard Parker and John Spiegel; ladies and gentlemen’s committee co-chairmen Cathy Manning and Jim Landon.

All proceeds benefit the Swan House and the History Center’s education programs.

For reservations, call 404-814-4102.

Opera presents La Belle Soirée

The Atlanta Opera will hold its third annual La Belle Soirée Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 pm at the home of Lisa and Max Hart, 675 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. The La Belle Soirée benefits the Atlanta Opera’s mainstage season and education programs.

The evening will feature a recital with bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Novacek, both of whom are featured performers in the Atlanta Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Cobb Energy Centre.

The evening will include cocktails and dinner buffet, the opera recital and desserts by JOËL restaurant and after-dinner drinks. Guests will be able to bid on a variety of silent auction items including a weeklong stay at a home in a Mexican artists’ village, a ladies lunch at Neiman Marcus and a trip to New Orleans for an opera and progressive dinner.

Tickets to La Belle Soirée are $175 each. Patron tickets with extra benefits are available at the $2,500 and $1,000 levels. For tickets or more information, contact Lesli Clarke at The Atlanta Opera, 404-881-0421 or email lclarke@ atlantaopera.org or visit www.AtlantaOpera.org.