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Great dance is a gift of joy!

Many thanks to the following individuals and charitable foundations for their annual and event support from August 1st, 2022 – September 7th, 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+

Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation
Francis Family Foundation – J. Scott Francis
Marilyn A.W. Gaar and Norman E. Gaar, Esq.
Hall Family Foundation
John and Mary Hunkeler


Julia Irene Kauffman
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
Bill and Ginny Shackelford

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

Evelyn R. Craft Belger and C. Richard Belger



Carol Blum and Steven R. Wilson


The Shubert Foundation

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

Mr. and Mrs. A. Joseph Brandmeyer
Innes and John Hale
Ms. Joan Horan


The Estate of Billie Mahoney
R and C Charitable Foundation
Sosland Foundation
Greg and Barbara Storm


Angela and John Walker
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
Mike and Vicki Bray
Janis E. Brewster
Stanley J. Bushman and Ann Canfield
Karen and Stephen Clegg
Daniel Keating Foundation
Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger
Cathy and Steve Doyal
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne & Howard Elsberry
Richard and Sue Ann Fagerberg


Linda Houston Foundation
Bonne and Clifford W. Illig
J.B. Reynolds Foundation
Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson
Jerome Robbins Foundation
Kao Family Foundation
William T. Laaser
The Lighton Fund – Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins
Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Charitable Foundation – Bank of America, Trustee
The Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation
Mary Anne and Steve McDowell
Teresa and Bruce McKinney
Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation
Dr. Linda E. Mitchell
Barbara Clarke Nash


National Endowment for the Arts
Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
Sarah Nelson and Jesse Pedraza
Leslie A. Pfriem
George and Wendy Powell Fund of The Kuehn Foundation
Paula and Jack Rowe
Suzanne Shank
Derek and Linda Shoare
Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Lisa Sirridge
Ms. Kathy Stepp and Mr. Howard Rothwell
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Sullivan
The Thomas and Sally Wood Family Foundation
Mr. Bill Weaver and Ms. Crystal O’Dea
Brian Weith and Michele Hamlett-Weith
William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank
Patricia Martin and Brian Woolley
Sarah Ye



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

Andy and Kathy Anderson
Dr. Lillard and DeVette Ashley
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Dr. Stephen and Susan Bubb
Ms. Lisa Choules
Vicki and Mark Dickerson
Dee and Dave Dillon
Joseph and Diana Eisenach
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Carol and Tony Feiock
Mr. Michael D. Fields
Sally Firestone
Drs. Nicholas and Stephanie Golda
David and Beth Harris
Susan and Zack Hangauer
Haverty Family Foundation – Michael and Marlys Haverty

Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Kim and Ted Higgins
Ingram Family Foundation – Beth Ingram
Cynthia James
Dr. Richard Jensen
Melanie Jones and Susan Johnson
Charlotte Kemper Black
Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper
Kirk Foundation – Julie and Mike Kirk
Ms. Victoria Lamkey
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Christopher and Gretchen Leff
Colette and James Majerle
Julia and Greg Malter
Rachel and Matt Merlo
Edward P. Milbank

Ms. Sherrill Mulhern
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Musolf
John and Linda Nobles
George and Suzy Pagels
Carolyn and Bill Parkerson
Ms. Margot Patterson
Ms. Julie Phillips
R.A. Long Foundation
Gigi and Gary Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sands
Mr. Zachary H. Shafran
Mr. Ian Spinks and Ms. Juliette Singer
Deb and Tom Swenson
Jennifer and Bryan Wampler
Lynne and Carl Weilert
Raelee Wright
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

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

Ms. Lona Abildgaard
Chris Ahrens
Anonymous (2)
Marina and Matthew Bell
Sarah Bent and Craig Thompson
Dr. Angelo & Mrs Joan Brisimitzakis
Lynne and Peter Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burke
Devon Carney and Pamela Royal Carney
Ms. Patricia A Chasnoff
Dennis and Marilyn Christopher
City of Kansas City, MO
Dr. Robert Claassen
Vince and Julie Clark
Robert J. Cody
Gene and Joy Cota
Fred and Lucy Coulson
Dr. Suzanne C. Crandall
Don and Pat Dagenais
Kyle Danner
Drs. Charles and Donna Davis
Edie and Randy Downing
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
Julia Kirk and John Duty

Melanie and Mike Fenske
Ms. Melissa Ford and Dr. Eric Molloy – UMKC
Mark and Nancy Gilman
Susan Gilmore and Barry Loughrige
Bruce and Kathy Gordon
Ms. Cynthia L. Hampton
George and Sharon Harter – A Night on the Town Theater Trips
Rudy and Deb Herrmann
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Robert and Cindy Hisle
Jackson and Gamble Family
Stratus Group LLC – Courtney and Peggy Jones
Dr. Karen M. Jordan
Mr. Steve Joss
Dana M. Koehn
Dr. and Mrs. William Kruse
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
Mrs. Bobbie A. Mathes
Mr. Robert H. Maynard, in memory of Heather Maynard
Alan McDermott
Julia and Dennis Meyer
Katherine A. Miller
Dr. Dan and Rev. Jeanie Murphy

Kathy and Justin Nemechek
Barbara Nicely
Kathy and Michael Rainen
CiCi Rojas and Oscar Monterroso
Mr. Mark Sappington and Dr. David S. McGee
Mark and Janice Schonwetter
Dr. Richard Schupp and Dr. Marilu Goodyear
Sherman Family Foundation – Marny and John Sherman
Mrs. Sunday Siragusa
Marya and Kent Stallard
Bradley and Cynthia Strecker
Aviva Ajmera and Wayne Strickland
Suhor Family Foundation – Joe and Carol Suhor, Trustees
Fr. Paul Turner
Mr. Jeff Van Slyke
Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Van Way III
Linda Weber
Keith and Margie Weber Foundation
Dr. Loren and Thomas Whittaker
Mr. Ronald Wilson, in memory of Barbara Baer, PhD
Darlus M. Wolff
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
Anonymous (3)
Mr. Roger Arwood and Ms. Marcelle Cooper
Ivan and Karla Batlle
Melinda Beal
Cynthia J. Bleck
Sallyann and Loren Boline
Dr. Robert and Pamela Bruce
Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Norma Buchwach
Robert Butler
Michelle and Mike Castagno
Copaken Family Foundation
Jonathan Cordell
Creative Planning Foundation
Ally, Dr. Jessie Ng and Dr. Tom Curran
Doug and Karen Downing
Ericson Family
Ms. Jewel Faeh
Michelle and William Fasel
Beth and Zachary Gall
Kim Garcia
Frances and George Gerritz
Ann and Douglas Ghertner
Lisa and Steven Glassman
Ellen R. and John R. Goheen
Gayle Gotcher
Mr. Chris Lee Hafner
Mr. Donald J. Hall, Sr.
Ms. Pamela Hancock
George Helmkamp
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation

Mary Beth and Hank Hershey
Sharon and John Hoffman
Ms. Angela Hudson
Humboldt Sax
Diana Ice
Ms. Jill Ingram Reynolds
Johnson & Johnson Foundation
Linda and Topper Johntz
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kilbride
Regina and Bill Kort
Art Lafex
Laura T. Landmann
Peter and Monica Lane
Linda Lenza
Ken and Nan Lippincott
Mr. Wayne E. Lippman
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lyon
Patricia Macdonald
Donna and Rex Martin
Mr. G. Dale Mathey
Patrick and Martina McLarney
Mr. and Mrs. William McVay
Jacqueline and John Middelkamp
Joshua and Abigail Millan
James Miller and Ursula Terrasi
Mr. Marshall V. Miller Family Fund
Miller-Mellor Association – Mr. JoZach Miller and Mr. Peter Bali
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moffat
Troy and Angela Moore
George and Linda Neill
Marcy Nelson
Dr. Amy Patel

Diana and Rick Poccia
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Mr. Brian Puckett and Mrs. Dawn Michelle Wolff
Connie and David Ross
John Rufenacht Associates
Mrs. Mary Lisa Sackuvich
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
Stephen and Delores Schroff
Ms. Carol Nelson Shifflett
Pam and Gary Smedile
Rebecca and Phil Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Sharon Soetaert
Craig Sole and Wayne Long
Michele and Jim Stowers
Pamela and Terrence Sullivan
The Trudy Foundation
UMKC Foundation
Unified Government-Hollywood Casino of Wyandotte County
Dr. Angela Valadez and Mr. Patrick Valadez
Lauren Vohland
Myron and Nicole Wang
Jane and Matthew Webster
Sandy and Byron Whitaker
Chris and DeEtte L. Whiteman
Mr. Jeff Whitman
Marissa Wickam
The Rev. Canon Ryan and Mrs. Christina Wiksell
PURE Workplace Solutions – Jean-Paul Wong
Ken and Rebecca Zandarski
Gregory Woodhams and Julia Gargallo
Sophia C. Zetmeir

Principal: $500-$999

Ms. Kathryn Abbott
Tricia Adolphson
Anne Allen
David and Jennifer Anderson
Mr. Joseph Appelt
Pamela Bachman
Thomas and Karen Badgett
Margaret Perkins-McGuinness and Nathan Benjamin
Brittany and Matt Benson
Ms. Laura Bentley
Joan and Bert Berkley Blue Heron Foundation
Ms. Mary Best
Ms. Sharon Betzelberger
Mr. Michael J. Blomberg
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Borkon, in honor of Mary Lynn and Kamal Mikhail
Tom and Judy Bowser
Diana and Mike Brady
Cynthia Bray
Mr. Charles E. Bruffy and Mr. Donald Loncast
Dr. Joan and Mr. David Brunfeldt
Jillian Leigh Bush
Mr. Ken Bush, in memory of Mrs. Victoria Bush
Ms. Norma Butler
Regina Leigh Ann Carlyle
Kirk and Tamara Carson
Craig and Jill Connell
Christine Copeland
Dr. Patricia Cox
Brenda and Yosef Crossley
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Cusser
Mrs. Rochelle Kammer
Marvie and Mark Dirks
David Donovan, PhD
Stephen Eads
George and Mary Edwards
Cynthia and Larry Eisenhauer
Dr. and Mrs. Jason W. Eppler
Joni and Chuck Etherington

Mr. Brett D. Fadeley
Connie and Richard Fey
Dan Flanigan
Ron and Tricia Fredman
David and Carol Freirich
Kent Galley
Ms. Astra Garner
Ms. Anita Toby Grow and Dr. Jon Scheinman
Matt and Haley Haar
Craig and Gina Harrison
Gary and Liddell Hobin
Jim Hoenscheidt
Lesley and Peter Holt
Whitney and Patrick Hosty
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
Renate Julian
Mr. Alex Keiffer
Carole and Richard Kelly
Ms. Sue Ann Knight
Mr. and Mrs. James Laursen
Mary Leonida
Barbara MacArthur
Jenny Manka
Lynnly Busler Marcotte
Jill and Sean McCarthy
Dr. and Mrs. David D. McIntire
Mr. Mark E. McNeal Jr.
Wendy and Patrick Melland
Ms. Patricia Miles
Mrs. Samantha Mockaitis
Phyllis Naragon

Mrs. Barbara Nelson
Ronald Newton
Emily and Todd Novicoff
Mr. Joab Ortiz
Bill Pallucca
Jo Beth Paradis and Bill Steeb
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parizek
Eastin Pecota
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Pontier
Ms. Joan Priolo
Emilia Ann Rivera
Dick and Sharyl Roady
Fred and Cindy Rock
Ms. Rebecca E. Roman
Mary Beth Russell
Ruthie Russell
Mr. Dan Savino
Anastasia and Max Schlesinger
Mrs. Latrica R. Schnepf
Mrs. Shirley Schoenlaub
Mr. Jim Schraeder
Stephanie Seiler
Veronica and Jere Sellers
Ms. Mary Shearer
Kristine Sheridan-Harris
Steve and Joan Sherman
Linda Singer and Louis Klein Jr.
Ms. Alexis Strauss
Will Stroman
Dan and Karen Toughey
Kyle and Jacquie Ward
Brad Warden
Christa Wisniewski
Joyce and Gregory Wolfe
Mary and Lance Wood
Kevin and Brooke Yoder