THE AMBASSADOR'S BALL

 A dusting of snow the day of the Allegro Foundation's signature annual fundraiser, The Ambassador's Ball, turned the Quail Hollow Club into a winter wonderland.  Photos by Daniel Coston . 

A dusting of snow the day of the Allegro Foundation's signature annual fundraiser, The Ambassador's Ball, turned the Quail Hollow Club into a winter wonderland. Photos by Daniel Coston

The decor at the annual Ambassador's Ball on Jan. 7 was extra special this year thanks to a dusting of snow that turned Quail Hollow Club, the site of the black tie gala, into a winter wonderland. Guests at the magical evening were there to raise money for the Allegro Foundation, a champion for children with disabilities. Along with a reception, dinner and dancing there was a special performance by Allegro Foundation students and their teaching assistants. Event sponsors included Wells Fargo, Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Novant Health and SteelFab Inc. The special guest was Mr. Ali Al-Hajri, chargé d'affaires for the Embassy of Qatar. He was particularly enchanted by the snow. Proceeds benefit the Allegro Foundation's movement instruction programs that enhance the quality of life for area children with disabilities. Details: www.allegrofoundation.net.

 Hadley Perry Pacheco of Perry's Fine Antique & Estate Jewelry, Allegro Foundation Founder/President Pat Farmer, Allegro Foundation Communications and Marketing Specialist Stephen Davis and Auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

Hadley Perry Pacheco of Perry's Fine Antique & Estate Jewelry, Allegro Foundation Founder/President Pat Farmer, Allegro Foundation Communications and Marketing Specialist Stephen Davis and Auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

 Phil and Rita Witt.

Phil and Rita Witt.

 Daryl and Ivars Jaunakais.

Daryl and Ivars Jaunakais.

 Christine Conte, Julia Sayegh and Ebba Karlsson.

Christine Conte, Julia Sayegh and Ebba Karlsson.

 Debbie Miller and Tim Black. 

Debbie Miller and Tim Black. 

 Alan and Libby Simonini. 

Alan and Libby Simonini. 

 Counselor Lorenzo Ravano of the Embassy of Monaco with Pat Farmer and U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger.

Counselor Lorenzo Ravano of the Embassy of Monaco with Pat Farmer and U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger.

 Donna and Al de Molina with Julia Sayegh. 

Donna and Al de Molina with Julia Sayegh. 

 Counselor Lorenzo Ravano of the Embassy of Monaco with Pat Farmer and the guest of honor, Mr. Ali Al-Hajri, chargé d'affaires for the Embassy of Qatar .   

Counselor Lorenzo Ravano of the Embassy of Monaco with Pat Farmer and the guest of honor, Mr. Ali Al-Hajri, chargé d'affaires for the Embassy of Qatar. 

 Auctioneer Larry Sprinkle.

Auctioneer Larry Sprinkle.

 An Allegro Foundation student preforms with his teaching assistant. 

An Allegro Foundation student preforms with his teaching assistant. 

 Auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

Auctioneer Ernest Perry. 

 Felix Sabates speaks with a guest. 

Felix Sabates speaks with a guest. 

 Guest of honor Ali Al-Hajri dances with Suzie Trivisonno, left, and bestselling author Kathy Reichs. 

Guest of honor Ali Al-Hajri dances with Suzie Trivisonno, left, and bestselling author Kathy Reichs.