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Many thanks to the following individuals and charitable foundations for their annual and event support from April 1, 2022 – April 13, 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+

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

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

Carol Blum and Steven R. Wilson
John and Mary Hunkeler
Julia Irene Kauffman


Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee
The Seeley Foundation – Dana Seeley
Bill and Ginny Shackelford

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
Ms. Joan Horan

Oppenstein Brothers Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee
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
Janis E. Brewster
Stanley J. Bushman and Ann Canfield
Karen and Stephen Clegg
Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger
Cathy and Steve Doyal
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne and Howard Elsberry
Richard and Sue Ann Fagerberg

Marilyn A.W. Gaar and Norman E. Gaar, Esq.
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
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
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
R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust – 
UMB Bank, Trustee
Suzanne Shank
Mr. and Mrs. William D. Sullivan
Ms. Kathy Stepp and Mr. Howard Rothwell
The Thomas and Sally Wood 
Family Foundation
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.
Dr. Lillard and DeVette Ashley
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Dr. Stephen and Susan Bubb
Ms. Lisa Choules
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
David and Beth Harris
Haverty Family Foundation – Michael and Marlys Haverty

Linda Houston Foundation
Ingram Family Foundation – Beth Ingram
Dr. Richard Jensen
Melanie Jones and Susan Johnson
Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper
Kirk Foundation – Julie and Mike Kirk
Dana M. Koehn
Ms. Victoria Lamkey
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Christopher and Gretchen Leff
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. Margot Patterson
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
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)
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
Ms. Patricia A Chasnoff
Dennis and Marilyn Christopher
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
Ms. Melissa Ford and Dr. Eric Molloy – UMKC
Mark and Nancy Gilman
Susan Gilmore and Barry Loughrige
Innes and John Hale


Ms. Cynthia L. Hampton
Ms. Pamela Hancock
George and Sharon Harter – A Night on the Town Theater Trips
Rudy and Deb Herrmann
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Cynthia James
Dr. Karen M. Jordan
Mr. Steve Joss
Dr. and Mrs. William Kruse
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
Colette and James Majerle
Mrs. Bobbie A. Mathes
Mr. Robert H. Maynard, in memory of Heather Maynard
P. Alan McDermott
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Julia and Dennis Meyer
Katherine A. Miller
Rev. Jean and Dr. Dan Murphy
Kathy and Justin Nemechek
Barbara and David Nicely
Kathy and Michael Rainen
CiCi Rojas and Oscar Monterroso
Mark and Janice Schonwetter



Dr. Richard Schupp and Dr. Marilu Goodyear
Sherman Family Foundation – Marny and John Sherman
Mrs. Sunday Siragusa
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
Mr. Ronald Wilson, in memory of Barbara Baer, PhD
Darlus M. Wolff
PURE Workplace Solutions – Jean-Paul Wong
Raelee Wright
Dr. Michael J. and Cindy S. Wurm
Mrs. Margaret Wurst
Andy Zaborny and Karyn Clewes Zaborny

Patron: $1,000-$2,499

Ms. Lona Abildgaard
John and Anna Allen
Mary Cade Allen
Ms. Leslie G. Anderson
Anonymous (2)
Mr. Roger Arwood and Ms. Marcelle Cooper
Melinda Beal
Mrs. Joan Beeks
Ms. Kaylee Bergman
Ms. Mary Best
Cynthia J. Bleck
Sallyann and Loren Boline
Dr. Robert and Pamela Bruce
Michelle and Mike Castagno
City of Kansas City, MO
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
Beth and Zachary Gall
Kim Garcia
Frances and George Gerritz
Ann and Douglas Ghertner
Lisa and Steven Glassman
Bruce and Kathy Gordon
Gayle Gotcher

Mr. Chris Lee Hafner
Mr. Donald J. Hall, Sr.
George Helmkamp
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation
Mary Beth and Hank Hershey
Kim and Ted Higgins
Robert and Cindy Hisle
Darcy Howe and John Black
Ms. Angela Hudson
David and Diana Ice
Ms. Jill Ingram Reynolds
Johnson & Johnson Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kilbride
Regina and Bill Kort
Art Lafex
Linda Lenza
Ken and Nan Lippincott
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lyon
Patricia Macdonald
Mr. G. Dale Mathey
Teresa and Bruce McKinney
Patrick and Martina McLarney
Jacqueline and John Middelkamp
James Miller and Ursula Terrasi
Miller-Mellor Association – Mr. JoZach Miller and Mr. Peter Bali
Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moffat
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
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
Sophia C. Zetmeir

Principal: $500-$999

Ms. Kathryn Abbott
Tricia Adolphson
Anne Allen
David and Jennifer Anderson
Pamela Bachman
Thomas and Karen Badgett
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
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
David Donovan, PhD
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
Craig and Gina Harrison
Karen and Judy Haynes
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
Ms. Sue Ann Knight
Mr. and Mrs. James Laursen
Mary Leonida
Thomas and Joyce Lohmeyer
Barbara MacArthur
Jenny Manka
Donna and Rex Martin
Jill and Sean McCarthy
Wendy and Patrick Melland
Mrs. Samantha Mockaitis
Phyllis Naragon

Mrs. Barbara Nelson
Ronald Newton
Emily and Todd Novicoff
Oberheiden P.C.
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
Kristine Sheridan-Harris
Steve and Joan Sherman
Debbie and Tom Sherrer
Ms. Alexis Strauss
Ms. Joan Tongier
Kyle and Jacquie Ward
Brad Warden
Christa Wisniewski
Joyce and Gregory Wolfe
Mary and Lance Wood
Mr. William Woodward
Kevin and Brooke Yoder

Soloist: $250-$499

Stephen and Michele Aspleaf
Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Bailey
Ashley M. Bain
Thomas Basom
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Bast
Ms. Elena Bates
Ms. Denise A. Bennett
Kourtney R Bettinger
Caroline Birt
Laura Blasi
Mr. Derek G. Bolden
Autumn Book
Sharon and Ken Bowman
Marilyn and Robert Bowser
Mr. Larry S. Braddy
Cynthia Bray
Kayla Brochetti
Ms. Samantha Bronoski
Maki and Bryan Brown
Ms. Karen Brown
Linda Brown
Lauri and Michael Buckman
Richard and Samantha Budden
Kolton Buer
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carpenter
Ms. Sarah Chaffee
Dr. Kate Cita
Melanie Clark
Kathy and Bill Coenen
Allison Confer
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
Lauren Deleon
Meryl K. Dillman
Ms. Dinah Dosdos
Charles and Kimberly Duffy
Mary Beth Ebmeyer
Ms. Lisa R. Elmer
Dr. and Mrs. Jason W. Eppler
Ms. Beverly Lynn Evans
Dr. William Everett and Mrs. Heidi Bickner
Jenna Foraker
Ms. Astra Garner
Jennifer Geis
Dr. Tanya Gibson
Katie Giglia
Dr. and Mrs. Carolyn Goldman
Thomas Greaves
Marisa Guerrero
Craig and Barbara Hakkio
Ms. Erin Haniger
Mr. Kirk Harding
Renee Haren
Quinn Harrold
Phyllis Hart
Ms. Stephanie J Heiffus


Ms. Elizabeth Henry
Ms. Christi Hilker
Ms. Rita C. Hillier
William and Irma Lou Hirsch
Jim Hoenscheidt
Michael and Julie Horseman
Whitney and Patrick Hosty
Mrs. Jessica N. Howlett
Ms. Tiffany Huddleston
Patrick Hughes
William and Margo Humenczuk
Dr. Brook Nelson & Mr. Lane Iams
Ms. Juli Idleman
Katherine Jackson
Travis Jackson
Denise and Mark Jacobson
Rev. Philip Micheal Kane
Mollie Keeler James, in loving memory of Lois and Elisha Keeler
Mr. Alex Keiffer
Lori and Lucas Keller
Maureen A. Kennedy
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Koontz Jr.
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
Sophia Lytra
Ryan and Alison Magathan
Vicki Mangelsdorf
Mr. Andrew C. Mann
Lynnly Busler Marcotte
Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Martin
Dr. and Mrs. David D. McIntire
Carolyn McLeroy
Mr. Mark E. McNeal Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mellott
Ted and Joyce Middendorf
Dr. Brian Mieczkowski
Ms. Patricia Miles
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Miller
Ms. Nicole Miller
Mrs. Ariel Miner
Jehan Moore
Troy and Angela Moore
Charles Morffi
Mr. Fred Neis
Ms. Cheryl Nickell
Mr. Richard Owens
Bill Pallucca
Dr. and Mrs. Allen Parelman
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Parizek
Sherri Parker
Ms. Rebecca Perkins
Kathy Peters
Timothy W. Peters and Joyce E. Brown
Ms. Billie Platt


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
Mr. Hal Douglas Quinn
Mr. Phillip Raine
Julie Ramsey
Katie Rasmussen
Ms. Bethany J. Reintjes
Staci and Robert Reintjes
Meredith Ries
Ms. Mallory Evan Engler Robins
Jesse Salvatierra
Lindsey Sauer
Joanne Schafer
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
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
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
Christian Wead
Mrs. Catherine Wear
Jessica Jordan Wedermyer
Mr. David Wheaton
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wheeler
Marissa Wickam
Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wiersma
Dustin Wilson
Mrs. Cynthia Wiscombe
Mr. Steve Wong
William Yeo
Candy Youle
Leslie Zarda
Miriam and Kerry Zavagnin
Dr. Judith Zivanovic