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Many thanks to the following individuals and charitable foundations for their annual and event support from January 1, 2023 to April 10, 2024.

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


Kansas City Ballet Guild
Julia Irene Dennie-Kauffman
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



R and C Charitable Foundation
The Shubert Foundation


Dr. Michael J. and Cindy S. Wurm

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

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


Bonne and Clifford W. Illig
The Estate of Billie Mahoney
National Endowment for the Arts
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
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Mr. Blair Bieser
Anne and Jerry Blatherwick
Joe and Claire Brand
Mike and Vicki Bray
Janis E. Brewster
Stanley J. Bushman and Ann Canfield
Karen and Stephen Clegg
Fred and Lucy Coulson
Daniel Keating Foundation
Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger
Cathy and Steve Doyal
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne and Howard Elsberry
Richard and Sue Ann Fagerberg
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.

Linda Houston Foundation
J.B. Reynolds Foundation
Jackson and Gamble Family
Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson
Dr. Richard Jensen
Jerome Robbins Foundation
Kao Family Foundation
Kirk Foundation – Julie and Mike Kirk
William T. Laaser
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
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
Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
Sarah Nelson and Jesse Pedraza

Oppenstein Brothers Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee
Leslie A. Pfriem
George and Wendy Powell Fund of The Kuehn Foundation
Paula and Jack Rowe
Suzanne Shank
Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Lisa Sirridge
SkillBuilders Fund
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
Michele Hamlett-Weith and Brian 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
Dr. Stephen and Susan Bubb
Ms. Lisa Choules
Vicki and Mark Dickerson
Dee and Dave Dillon
Edie and Randy Downing
Joseph and Diana Eisenach
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Carol and Tony Feiock
Mr. Michael D. Fields
Sally Firestone
Ms. Melissa Ford and Dr. Eric Molloy – Park University
Drs. Nicholas and Stephanie Golda
Susan and Zack Hangauer
David and Beth Harris
Haverty Family Foundation – Michael and Marlys Haverty
Rudy and Deb Herrmann
Kim and Ted Higgins

Ingram Family Foundation – Beth Ingram
Cynthia James
Melanie Jones and Susan Johnson
Mr. Jerry T. Katlin and Mr. Dan DeLeon
Charlotte Kemper Black
Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper
Ms. Victoria Lamkey
Christopher and Gretchen Leff
Colette and James Majerle
Julia and Greg Malter
Maria Manosa
Rachel and Matt Merlo
Edward P. Milbank
Troy and Angela Moore
Ms. Sherrill Mulhern
Dr. Dan and Rev. Jeanie Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Musolf
Kathy and Justin Nemechek

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
Zachary H. Shafran
Mr. Ian Spinks and Ms. Juliette Singer
Stratus Group LLC – Courtney and Peggy Jones
Suhor Family Foundation – Joe and Carol Suhor, Trustees
Deb and Tom Swenson
Jennifer and Bryan Wampler
Lynne and Carl Weilert
Dr. Loren and Thomas Whittaker
Raelee Wright
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

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

Ms. Jane Abildgaard
Chris Ahrens
John and Anna Allen
Anonymous (2)
Marina and Matthew Bell
Sarah Bent and Craig Thompson
Dr. Angelo and Mrs. Joan Brisimitzakis
Lynne and Peter Brown
Mrs. Melinda Burke
Devon Carney and Pamela Royal Carney
Ms. Patricia A Chasnoff
Dennis and Marilyn Christopher
Dr. Akin and Ms. Ayca Cil
City of Kansas City, MO
Dr. Robert Claassen
Vince and Julie Clark
Robert J. Cody
Gene and Joy Cota
Dr. Suzanne C. Crandall
Don and Patricia Dagenais
Kyle Danner
Drs. Charles and Donna Davis
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
Julia Kirk and John Duty
Vicki Erickson and Ron Keel
Melanie and Mike Fenske
A Friend of Kansas City Ballet

Mark and Nancy Gilman
Susan Gilmore and Barry Loughrige
Bruce and Kathy Gordon
David Gray and Kyra Nichols
Ms. Cynthia L. Hampton
George and Sharon Harter – A Night on the Town Theater Trips
Mary Beth and Hank Hershey
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Robert and Cindy Hisle
Ms. Jill Ingram Reynolds
Dr. Karen Jordan
Mr. Steve Joss
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kilbride
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
P. Alan McDermott
Julia and Dennis Meyer
Katherine A. Miller
Denise Minet
Barbara Nicely
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter

Kathy and Michael Rainen
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
Craig Sole
Marya and Kent Stallard
Jody Shelton Stephen
Michele and Jim Stowers
Bradley and Cynthia Strecker
Aviva Ajmera and Wayne Strickland
Fr. Paul Turner
Mr. Jeff Van Slyke
Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Van Way III
Linda Weber
Keith and Margie Weber Foundation
Chris and DeEtte L. Whiteman
Mr. Ronald Wilson, in memory of Barbara Baer, PhD
Darlus M. Wolff
Mrs. Margaret Wurst
Andy Zaborny and Karyn Clewes Zaborny


Patron: $1,000-$2,499

Mary Cade Allen
Ms. Leslie G. Anderson
Anonymous (3)
Ivan and Karla Batlle
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Beal
Melinda Beal
Lillian Berry
Cynthia J. Bleck
Ms. Tessa Bodnar
Diana and Mike Brady
Dr. Robert and Pamela Bruce
Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Norma Buchwach
Robert Butler
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carpenter
Copaken Family Foundation
Dale and Loire Cowen
Creative Planning Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Cusser
Mary and John M. Edgar – Edgar Law Firm LLC
Ericson Family
Michelle and William Fasel
Ron and Tricia Fredman
George and Ada Ultch Memorial Fund
Frances and George Gerritz
Ann and Douglas Ghertner
Thomas Gillespie
Lisa E. and Steven B. Glassman
Ellen R. and John R. Goheen
Gayle Gotcher

Ms. Pamela Hancock
George Helmkamp
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation
Gary and Liddell Hobin
Sharon and John Hoffman
Ms. Angela Hudson
Linda and Topper Johntz
Jessica Joseph and Vivek Dubey
Regina and Bill Kort
Art Lafex
Laura T. Landmann
Monica and Peter Lane
Linda Lenza
Ken and Nan Lippincott
Mr. Wayne E. Lippman
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lyon
Patricia Macdonald
Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund
Donna and Rex Martin
Mr. G. Dale Mathey
McAnany Construction
Martina and Patrick McLarney
Mr. and Mrs. William McVay
Joshua and Abigail Millan
Miller-Mellor Association – Mr. JoZach Miller and Mr. Peter Bali
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moffat
Ms. Kelly L. Muehlberger

Marcy Nelson
Mr. Joab Ortiz
Park University
Diana and Rick Poccia
Mr. Hal Douglas Quinn
Emilia Ann Rivera
Connie and David Ross
John Rufenacht Associates
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
Ms. Carol Nelson Shifflett
Pam and Gary Smedile
Rebecca and Phil Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Sharon Soetaert
Ms. Alexis Strauss
Pamela and Terrence Sullivan
Don and Robin Sumple
Peter Sunderman and Curt Thomas
The Trudy Foundation
Unified Government-Hollywood Casino of Wyandotte County
Michael and Mandy Velder
Lauren Vohland
Myron and Nicole Wang
Sandy and Byron Whitaker
Jeff and Danielle Whitman
Marissa Wickam
PURE Workplace Solutions – Jean-Paul Wong
Mrs. Peggy Jean Younger
Sophia C. Zetmeir

Principal: $500-$999

Ms. Kathryn Abbott
Tricia Adolphson
Anne Allen
David and Jennifer Anderson
Mr. Joseph Appelt
Mr. Roger Arwood and Ms. Marcelle Cooper
Pamela Bachman
Thomas and Karen Badgett
Margaret Perkins-McGuinness and Nathan Benjamin
Cathy Bennett and Mike McGuire
Ms. Laura Bentley
Joan and Bert Berkley – Blue Heron Foundation
Lt. Graham G. Boswell
Tom and Judy Bowser
Cynthia Bray
Mr. Charles E. Bruffy and Mr. Donald Loncasty
Dr. Joan and Mr. David Brunfeldt
Ms. Norma Butler
Kirk and Tamara Carson
Michael and Michelle Castagno
Brenda Cauthen
Craig and Jill Connell
Dr. Patricia Cox
Emily Csik
The DeBruce Foundation – Paul and Linda DeBruce
David Donovan, PhD
Stephen Eads
George and Mary Edwards
Michelle Ekstam Jones
Dr. and Mrs. Jason W. Eppler
Ana C Espinosa
Joni and Chuck Etherington
Dan Flanigan
Bonnie Frederick
Darold and Melinda Frenzen

Kent Galley
Ms. Astra Garner
Mr. Ervin Gina
Ms. Anita Toby Grow and Dr. Jon Scheinman
Matt and Haley Haar
Craig and Gina Harrison
Quinn Harold and Madison Moore
Karen and Judy Haynes
Dr. Victoria Haynes
Jim Hoenscheidt
Lesley and Peter Holt
Humboldt Sax
William and Margo Humenczuk
Diana Ice
Harold and Vicki James
Jessica and Malik James
Christina and Chris Johnson
Demetria Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Johnson
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Joyce
Renate Julian
Mollie Keeler James, in loving memory of Lois and Elisha Keeler
Mr. Alex Keiffer
Randee and Will Krumwiede
Skylar Povala Linn and Aaron Linn
Thomas and Joyce Lohmeyer
Mrs. Frances Judge Longbottom
Dallas Marie Lowell
Jenny Manka
Robert and Terri Marx
Jill and Sean McCarthy
Carol and Dan McCartney
Mrs. Samantha Mockaitis
Kathleen and David Moore
Phyllis Naragon

Fielding and Janice Norton
Emily and Todd Novicoff
Mr. Andrew Osman and Mrs. Deb Feder
Bill Pallucca
Jo Beth Paradis and Bill Steeb
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parizek
Eastin Pecota
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pinkston
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Pontier
Ms. Joan Priolo
Dick and Sharyl Roady
Ruthie Russell
Marsha Schieber
Anastasia and Max Schlesinger
Mrs. Latrica R. Schnepf
Mrs. Shirley Schoenlaub
Veronica and Jere Sellers
Ms. Penny Shand and Marissa Lyons
Ms. Mary Shearer
Kristine Sheridan-Harris
Steve and Joan Sherman
Debbie and Tom Sherrer
Linda Singer and Louis Klein Jr.
Will Stroman
Dan and Karen Toughey
Kyle and Jacquie Ward
Brad Warden
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Watson
Mrs. Barbara Weary
Ms. Kristi Weaver Rowe
Ms. Paula Weber
Joyce and Gregory Wolfe
Mary Ruud Wood & Lance Wood
Gregory Woodhams and Julia Gargallo