When Patsy took over the market in 1989, the event was unrecognizable to today’s market. Held at local church auditoriums, 50 merchants helped raised almost $300,000 in net revenue for the Houston Ballet. After 30 years under Patsy’s leadership, the 2019 market saw more than 100,000 shoppers who spent over $22 million at 250+ merchants, resulting in $5.4 million for the ballet’s educational and outreach programs. A preview party sponsored by Wells Fargo, fashion shows from Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, and a springtime version of the market are all thanks to Patsy’s leadership over the last three decades.
The Houston Ballet’s mission is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography and superb educational programs.
This year’s Nutcracker Market will return to NRG Center November 10-13. The market will be dedicated to Patsy and her legacy.