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Many thanks to the following individuals and charitable foundations for their annual and event support from January 1st, 2022 – January 20th, 2023.

The Bolender Society

Your gift may qualify you to join the Bolender Society, the Ballet’s premiere philanthropic support group. Bolender Society members experience exclusive guest artist lectures, trips and excursions to dance events and meet company dancers at special social gatherings.

The Bolender Society

Membership and Donor Involvement

Bolender Society Leadership: $100,000+

The Francis Family Foundation – J. Scott Francis
Hall Family Foundation
Kansas City Ballet Guild

Dennis and Susan Lordi Marker
Missouri Arts Council
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Family Foundation

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee
The Seeley Foundation – Dana Seeley
The Sunderland Foundation

Bolender Society Diamond: $50,000-$99,999

Carol Blum and Steven Wilson
Julia Irene Kauffman


Mr. Zachary H. Shafran
The Shubert Foundation

Bolender Society Platinum: $25,000-$49,999

Evelyn R. Craft Belger and C. Richard Belger
Mr. and Mrs. A. Joseph Brandmeyer
John and Mary Hunkeler
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee

R and C Charitable Foundation
Bill and Ginny Shackelford
Sosland Foundation

Greg and Barbara Storm
William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee

Bolender Society Gold: $10,000-$24,999

Brad Allen and Gene Cooper
Arvin T. Gottlieb Charitable Foundation – UMB Bank, Trustee
Bruce and Vicki Baxter
Mr. Blair Bieser
Joe and Claire Brand
Janis E. Brewster
Karen and Stephen Clegg
Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger
Cathy and Steve Doyal
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne and Howard Elsberry
Richard and Sue AnnFagerberg
Marilyn A.W. Gaar and Norman E. Gaar, Esq.
Ms. Joan Horan

Bonne and Clifford Illig
J.B. Reynolds Foundation
Jackson and Gamble Family
Dr. Roger and Sandy Jackson
Jerome Robbins Foundation
Kao Family Foundation
Charlotte Kemper Black
The Lighton Fund – Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins
Louis & Elizabeth Nave 
Flarsheim Charitable Foundation – Bank of America, Trustee
Mary Anne and Steve McDowell
Miller Nichols Charitable 
Dr. Linda E. Mitchell
Barbara Clarke Nash
National Endowment for the Arts

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
Sarah Nelson and 
Jesse Pedraza
Leslie A. Pfriem
George and Wendy Powell Fund of The Kuehn Foundation
R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust – UMB Bank, Trustee
Suzanne Shank
Derek and Linda Shoare
The Estate of Kay and Gary Smith
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Sullivan
The Thomas and Sally Wood 
Family Foundation
Angela and John Walker
Patricia Martin and 
Brian Woolley
The Estate of Dr. Sonya Cornell Yarmat


Bolender Society Silver: $5,000-$9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Lowry F. Anderson, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Beal
Dr. Stephen and Susan Bubb
Tim and Karen Carlin
Curry Family Foundation
Vicki and Mark Dickerson
Joseph and Diana Eisenach
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Carol and Tony Feiock
Mr. Michael D. Fields
Sally Firestone
Drs. Nicholas and Stephanie Golda
Ms. Cynthia L. Hampton
Susan and Zack Hangauer

David and Beth Harris
Haverty Family Foundation Fund – Michael and Marlys Haverty
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Linda Houston Foundation
Ingram Family Foundation – Beth Ingram
Dr. Richard Jensen
Melanie Jones and Susan Johnson
Kirk Foundation – Julie and Mike Kirk
Dana M. Koehn
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Julia and Greg Malter
Mary Anne and Steve McDowell
Rachel and Matt Merlo
Edward P. Milbank

Ms. Sherrill Mulhern
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Musolf
John and Linda Nobles
Carolyn and Bill Parkerson
Ms. Julie Phillips
R.A. Long Foundation
Paula and Jack Rowe
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sands
Mr. Mark Sappington and Dr. David S. McGee
Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Lisa Sirridge
Ms. Kathy Stepp and Mr. Howard Rothwell
Stratus Group LLC – Courtney and Peggy Jones
Mr. Bill Weaver and Ms. Crystal O’Dea
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weilert
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

Bolender Society Bronze: $2,500-$4,999

Chris Ahrens
Anonymous (2)
Dr. Lillard and DeVette Ashley
Marina and Matthew Bell
Sarah Bent and Craig Thompson
Dr. Angelo and Joan Brisimitzakis
Lynne and Peter Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burke
Devon Carney and Pamela Royal Carney
Dr. Robert Claassen
Robert J. Cody
Fred and Lucy Coulson
Dr. Suzanne C. Crandall
Kyle Danner
Drs. Charles and Donna Davis
Edie and Randy Downing
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
Julia Kirk and John Duty
Melanie and Mike Fenske
Innes and John Hale
Ms. Pamela Hancock
George and Sharon Harter – A Night on the Town Theater Trips

Cynthia James
Dr. Karen M. Jordan
Mr. Steve Joss, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kilbride
Dr. and Mrs. William Kruse
Ms. Victoria Lamkey
Christopher and Gretchen Leff
Mr. Wayne E. Lippman
Colette and James Majerle
Mrs. Bobbie A. Mathes
Mr. Robert H. Maynard, in memory of Heather Maynard
P. Alan McDermott
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Kathy and Justin Nemechek
Barbara and David Nicely
George and Suzy Pagels
Ms. Margot Patterson
Kathy and Michael Rainen
CiCi Rojas and Oscar Monterroso


Mark and Janice Schonwetter
Dr. Richard Schupp
Sherman Family Foundation – Marny and John Sherman
Mr. Ian Spinks and Ms. Juliette Singer
Marya and Kent Stallard
Aviva Ajmera and Wayne Strickland
Suhor Family Foundation
Deb and Tom Swenson
Fr. Paul Turner
Mr. Jeff Van Slyke
Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Van Way III
Jennifer and Bryan Wampler
Linda Weber
Keith and Margie Weber Foundation
The Rev. Canon Ryan and Mrs. Christina Wiksell
Darlus M. Wolff
PURE Workplace Solutions – Jean-Paul Wong
Dr. Michael J. and Cindy S. Wurm
Mrs. Margaret Wurst
Andy Zaborny and Karyn Clewes Zaborny

Patron: $1,000-$2,499

John and Anna Allen
Mary Cade Allen
Ms. Leslie G. Anderson
Mr. Roger Arwood and Ms. Marcelle Cooper
Melinda Beal
Mrs Joan Beeks
Ms. Kaylee Bergman
Ms. Mary Best
Sallyann and Loren Boline
Dr. Robert and Pamela Bruce
Michelle and Mike Castagno
Ms. Patricia A Chasnoff
Ms. Lisa Choules
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Christopher
Vince and Julie Clark
Copaken Family Foundation
Jonathan Cordell
Dale and Loire Cowen
Don and Pat Dagenais
The DeBruce Foundation – Paul and Linda DeBruce
Doug and Karen Downing
Ericson Family
Ms. Jewel Faeh
Michelle and William Fasel
Ms. Melissa Ford
Beth and Zachary Gall
Kim Garcia
Frances and George Gerritz
Ann and Douglas Ghertner
Mark and Nancy Gilman
Lisa and Steven Glassman
Ellen R. and John R. Goheen
Bruce and Kathy Gordon
Gayle Gotcher
Mr. Chris Lee Hafner
Mr. Donald J. Hall, Sr.

George Helmkamp
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation
Deborah J. and Rudolf Hermann
Mary Beth and Hank Hershey
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Kim and Ted Higgins
Robert and Cindy Hisle
Sharon and John Hoffman
Darcy Howe and John Black
Ms. Angela Hudson
David and Diana Ice
Ms. Jill Ingram Reynolds
Johnson & Johnson Foundation
Regina and Bill Kort
Art Lafex
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
Ken and Nan Lippincott
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lyon
Patricia Macdonald
Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund
Mr. G. Dale Mathey
Teresa and Bruce McKinney
Patrick and Martina McLarney
Julia and Dennis Meyer
Jacqueline and John Middelkamp
James Miller and Ursula Terrasi
Katherine A. Miller
Miller-Mellor Association
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moffat
Rev. Jean and Dr. Dan Murphy
George and Linda Neill
Marcy Nelson
The Parmelee Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Amy Patel
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter

Mr. Brian Puckett and Mrs. Dawn Michelle Wolff
Gigi and Gary Rose
Connie and David Ross
John Rufenacht and Richard Lara
Mrs. Mary Lisa Sackuvich
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
Mrs. Shirley Schoenlaub
Stephen and Delores Schroff
Dr. Patricia Schumacher
Ms. Carol Nelson Shifflett
J. Michael Sigler
Mrs. Sunday Siragusa
Pam and Gary Smedile
Rebecca and Phil Smith
Thomas and Sharon Soetaert
Craig Sole and Wayne Long
Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Spilker
Michele and Jim Stowers
Pamela and Terrence Sullivan
Sven and Julie Sykes
Dan and Karen Toughey
The Trudy Foundation
UMKC Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Unger
Unified Government-Hollywood Casino of Wyandotte County
Dr. Angela Valadez and Mr. Patrick Valadez
Myron and Nicole Wang
Jane and Matthew Webster
Brian Weith and Michele Hamlett-Weith
Sandy and Byron Whitaker
Mr. Jeff Whitman
Dr. Loren and Thomas Whittaker
Gregory Woodhams and Julia Gargallo
Raelee Wright
Rebecca and Ken Zandarski
Sophia C. Zetmeir

Principal: $500-$999

Ms. Kathryn Abbott
Ms. Lona Abildgaard
Tricia Adolphson
Anne Allen
David and Jennifer Anderson
Anonymous (2)
Pamela Bachman
Margaret Perkins-McGuinness and Nathan Benjamin
Brittany and Matt Benson
Joan and Bert Berkley
Blue Heron Foundation
Ms. Sharon Betzelberger
Mr. Michael J. Blomberg
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Borkon, in honor of Mary Lynn and Kamal Mikhail
Tom and Judy Bowser
Mr. Jan S. Brandt in memory of Linnea Brandt
Mr. Charles E. Bruffy and Mr. Donald Loncasty
Dr. Joan and Mr. David Brunfeldt
Jillian Leigh Bush
Mr. Ken Bush, in memory of Mrs. Victoria Bush
Ms. Norma Butler
Michael and Kirsten Byrd
Capella University – Fred Neis
Regina Leigh Ann Carlyle
Craig and Jill Connell
Dr. Patricia Cox
Brenda and Yosef Crossley
Daniel W. Cunningham
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Cusser
Mrs. Rochelle Kammer
Marvie and Mark Dirks
George and Mary Edwards
Cynthia and Larry Eisenhauer
Mr. Brett D. Fadeley

Jay and Amy Felton
Connie and Richard Fey
Dan Flanigan
Ron and Tricia Fredman
David and Carol Freirich
Kent Galley
Kayla Ganzer
Ms. Jan George
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gill
Susan Gilmore and Barry Loughrige
Mr. and Mrs. David Glibbery
Ms. Anita Toby Grow and Dr. Jon Scheinman
Craig and Gina Harrison
Ms. Elizabeth Henry
Lesley and Peter Holt
Brenda L Hulse
Mrs. Marsha L. Hunt
Stephanie Isaacson
Kristen and Ryan Jacobs
Harold and Vicki James
Jessica and Malik James
Christina and Chris Johnson
Mrs. Karen R. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Johnson
Jessica Joseph and Vivek Dubey
Carole and Richard Kelly
Mr. James Klein and Dr. Lisa Klein
Ms. Sue Ann Knight
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Koontz Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. James Laursen
Linda Lenza
Mary Leonida
Thomas and Joyce Lohmeyer
Barbara MacArthur
Mr. Andrew C. Mann

Donna and Rex Martin
Miesha McGee
Wendy and Patrick Melland
Mrs. Samantha Mockaitis
Troy and Angela Moore
Phyllis Naragon
Mrs. Barbara Nelson
Ronald Newton
Daniel and Wanda O’Dell
Mr. Joab Ortiz
Eastin Pecota
Ms. Joan Priolo
Emilia Ann Rivera
Ms. Rebecca E. Roman
Mary Beth Russell
Ruthie Russell
Mr. Dan Savino
Humboldt Sax
Anastasia and Max Schlesinger
Stephanie Seiler
Veronica and Jere Sellers
Steve and Joan Sherman
Debbie and Tom Sherrer
Ms. Joan Tongier
Kyle and Jacquie Ward
Chris and DeEtte L. Whiteman
Christa Wisniewski
Joyce and Gregory Wolfe
Mary and Lance Wood
Mr. William Woodward
Kevin and Brooke Yoder

Soloist: $250-$499

Stephen and Michele Aspleaf
Thomas and Karen Badgett
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Bailey
Thomas Basom
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Bast
Ms. Elena Bates
Larry & Angela Bedell
Kourtney R Bettinger
Laura Blasi
Mr. Derek G. Bolden
Autumn Book
Dr. Christine Marie Boutwell
Cindy and Glenn Bowers
Sharon and Ken Bowman
Marilyn and Robert Bowser
Mr. Larry S. Braddy
Cynthia Bray
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bremer
Kayla Brochetti
Ms. Samantha Bronoski
Maki and Bryan Brown
Ms. Karen Brown
Linda Brown
Lauri and Michael Buckman
Richard and Samantha Budden
Sharon Butts
John Calcutt
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carpenter
Ms. Sarah Chaffee
Melanie Clark
Kathy and Bill Coenen
Allison Confer
Steven S. Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Conwell
Jonathan Cook
Christine Copeland
Libby and Mark Corriston
Mr. Curtis Cradic
Nicole and Bernard Craig
Dr. Derald and LaQuisha Davis
Meryl K Dillman
Ms. Dinah Dosdos
Charles and Kimberly Duffy
Mary Beth Ebmeyer
Ms. Lisa R. Elmer
Dr. James and Mrs. Stephanie Eppler
Ms. Beverly Lynn Evans
Dr. William Everett and Mrs. Heidi Bickner
Jenna Foraker
Mr. Joe Fossati
Ms. Astra Garner
Jennifer Geis
Dr. Tanya Gibson
Dr. and Mrs. Carolyn Goldman
Edith and Keith Grafing
Raymond W. Grieshaber
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hagen
Craig and Barbara Hakkio
Ms. Erin Haniger
Mr. Kirk Harding

Renee Haren
Phyllis Hart
Karen and Judy Haynes
Ms. Stephanie J Heiffus
Mrs. Paget Gates Higgins
Ms. Christi Hilker
Ms. Rita C Hillier
Michael and Julie Horseman
Whitney and Patrick Hosty
Mrs. Jessica N. Howlett
Ms. Tiffany Huddleston
Patrick Hughes
William and Margo Humenczuk
Ms. Juli Idleman
Katherine Jackson
Denise and Mark Jacobson
Rev. Philip Micheal Kane
Mr. Alex Keiffer
Lori and Lucas Keller
Cheri and John Kendrick
Maureen A. Kennedy
Abby and Tyler Krampe
Ms. Deborah Krouse
Jane Lampo
Jaden Lantz
Mr. Brett Lovell
Ms. Lindsay Lowe
Mrs. Sue S. Luger
Marissa and James Lyons
Ryan and Alison Magathan
Vicki Mangelsdorf
Jenny Manka
Lynnly Busler Marcotte
Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Martin
Jill and Sean McCarthy
Dr. and Mrs. David D. McIntire
Mr. Mark E. McNeal Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mellott
Ted and Joyce Middendorf
Dr. Brian Mieczkowski
Ms. Patricia Miles
Ms. Nicole Miller
Mrs. Ariel Miner
Jehan Moore
Ms. Cheryl Nickell
Debby and Catherine Nye
Mr. Richard Owens
Bill Pallucca
Jo Beth Paradis and Bill Steeb
Dr. and Mrs. Allen Parelman
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parizek
Sherri Parker
Ms. Rebecca Perkins
Kathy Peters
Randall and Amanda Pick
Ms. Billie Platt
Diana and Rick Poccia

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Pontier
Ms. Penny Jo Postoak Ferguson
Mr. and Mrs. Randall W Powell
Mrs. Lynsey R Powers
Matthew and Mary Ann Queen
Duke Radovich and Julie Rieck
Mr. Phillip Raine
Julie Ramsey
Katie Rasmussen
Ms. Bethany J. Reintjes
Staci and Robert Reintjes
Meredith Ries
Ms. Mallory Evan Engler Robins
Jack and Jean Rosenfield
Lindsey Sauer
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Scheetz
Kathy and Donald Schilling
Ms. Jane Schleicher
Mr. Jim Schraeder
Mrs. Betty Scott
Steve Short and Carl Welander
Ms. Meredith Slavik
Mareta J. Smith
Ruth Ann and Randall Sneegas
Tara Spurgin
Mr. Chris Stanley
Mrs. Sara Stipkovits
Stephanie and Greg Stollsteimer
Ms. Alexis Strauss
Kim Sullivan
Dr. Rana Tenorio
Daniel and Judith Thieman
Ms. Charlene Thompson
Robert and Sandra Thompson
Ms. Suzanne L. Trine
Sacha and Chad Troutwine
Ms. Marylou Turner
Laura and Steven Tyler
Laverna M Tyler
Ms. Linda Un
Jamie Leigh Urton
Madaline Walter and Lucille Windsor
Dr. Bradley and Barbara Warady
Michele Warnecke
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Watson
Mrs. Catherine Wear
Mrs. Barbara Weary
Jessica Jordan Wedermyer
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wheeler
Marissa Wickam
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wiersma
Diana Wille and Fred Spears
Dustin Wilson
Mr. Steve Wong
William Yeo
Candy Youle
Leslie Zarda
Miriam and Kerry Zavagnin
Dr. Judith Zivanovic