Often referred to as the event of the year in Saratoga, the Ballet Gala supports the residency of the New York City Ballet. The Ballet Gala, which includes a captivating performance by the New York City Ballet, followed by fireworks and a festive post-performance lawn party, is spearheaded by the Action Council and is described as a veritable who's who of Saratoga. The Junior Committee hosts a festive bring your own picnic lawn party where guests, decked out in the gala's annual theme, compete in an annual competition for best lawn party picnic. Guests also have the option to purchase tickets to the Gala held inside the Hall of Springs, which begins with a champagne reception followed by an elegant sit-down dinner, amphitheater seating and a festive afterglow party in the Hall of Springs following the performance. The Ballet Gala won the Locals Choice Award for Best Summer Gala in 2011. Past themes have included Gatsby, Moulin Rouge, an English Garden Party and a British Invasion Mod theme and Summer Soiree:1966.