Helping Kansas City Ballet Move Into the Future

Campaign Supporters

Kansas City Ballet has embarked on a major campaign to ensure that the joy of dance inspires our community for generations to come.

The Ballet gratefully recognizes the following donors for their generous gifts and pledges to the Moving into the Future Campaign. The list below includes donors of $1,000 or more to the Campaign from September 18, 2018 – September 13, 2019.

∞ – Includes Legacy Gift Intention

Richard and Gay Found a Tax-savings Way to Help Kansas City Ballet

Professors Richard Jensen and Gay Dannelly recently moved to Kansas City after retiring from academia at the University of Notre Dame.

For Richard, he was finally returning to his hometown after decades away. For Gay, who grew up in California and spent much of her adult life in the northern Midwest, Kansas City promised a new adventure with exciting new cultural offerings such as a resident ballet company and a symphony.

Gay taught Richard about the importance of ballet. “I love the music and the grace,” she says. “The way it brings everybody in the audience practically into the process.”

Her enthusiasm was contagious.

Read more about Richard and Gay


The John Hunkeler Senior Dancer Endowment Fund

Muriel I. Kauffman Endowment Fund


Greg and Barbara Storm Endowed Dancer Chair


Mike and Vicki Bray

Bill and Ginny Shackelford III Fund


Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins
The Stanley J. Bushman and Ann Canfield Fund for the Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) Scholarship Program
Dave and Dee Dillon Family Fund

Cathy and Steve Doyal
George Hodges Langworthy, Jr., David Evans Langworthy, and George Hodges Langworthy, Sr. Fund

Wendy and George Powell, III
Howard Rothwell and Kathy Stepp Rothwell Operations Fund


Brand Family Fund
Sue Ann & Richard E. Fagerberg Ballet Performance Enhancement Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. Edward and Kimbrough Higgins
Joan J. Horan Fund
Gay Dannelly and Richard Jensen Fund

Rowe Family (Jack and Paula Rowe) ∞
Suzanne Shank and Martin Smoler
Derek and Linda Shoare


Don and Pat Dagenais ∞
Susan and Zack Hangauer
Dr. Roger and Sandy Jackson

Gigi and Gary Rose
Christopher and Lisa Sirridge

The John and Angela Walker Fund for Live Music
Thomas F. and Loren Whittaker ∞


Vince and Julie Clark
Ally, Dr. Jessie Ng, and Dr. Tom Curran Fund
Hank and Mary Beth Hershey

Miller Family Fund in memory of Alan McMillan
Carolyn and Bill Parkerson

Fred and Cindy Rock
The Estate of James E. Taylor


Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley

Shirley Weaver Trust

Rebecca and Ken Zandarski ∞


Mr. G. Dale Mathey

Rachel and Matt Merlo

George and Suzy Pagels

Legacy Gift Intention

Wendy and George Powell, III ∞

G. Mark Sappington ∞

The John and Angela Walker Fund for Live Music ∞

How will you be remembered?

Make your passion a vital part of your life story. Your gift is an investment that will have the impact and significance to secure the future of Kansas City Ballet.

We would gladly assist you with ways to make a gift that is meaningful to you and has a lasting impact for Kansas City Ballet. Please contact Jennifer Wampler at 816.216.5585 or by email.