December 7, 2024

Nutcracker Ball

Join us for the 57th annual gala!

Saturday, December 7, 2024
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

Journey with us to the magical “Land of Snow” at Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 57th annual gala, the Nutcracker Ball, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The Sheraton Grand Ballroom will be exquisitely decorated in holiday splendor for the gala, which will include a cocktail reception and delicious dinner, a fabulous raffle, a short program, and after-dinner dancing to music performed by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. This year’s ball will feature a special performance by Kansas City Ballet.

All proceeds from the Nutcracker Ball support Kansas City Ballet, our own nationally recognized ballet company. Your tax-deductible gift allows KC Ballet to provide outstanding classical ballets, world premieres and works from gifted international choreographers. Your gift also supports scholarships for students at our award-winning Kansas City Ballet School and enables ongoing ballet engagement in the community.

Have questions? Contact Lynne and Carl Weilert.

Ball Honorary Chairmen
Topper and Linda Johntz

Ball Chairmen
Lynne and Carl Weilert


Become a Benefactor Today!

Benefactor levels start at $800 and go up to $65,000. Please download this form to see all levels and benefits.

As a Nutcracker Ball benefactor, you are also invited to enjoy a fabulous cocktail party at the Washington Park Place Room at the Westin Kansas City Hotel Crown Center.

All Ball benefactor levels will receive recognition in the Ball invitation and program book as well as in Kansas City Ballet program books and website.

Benefactor levels of $5,000 and greater also receive membership benefits for The Bolender Society with exclusive invitations to special events.

The benefactor level may include corporate matching funds.

Buy Benefactor Sponsorship Online

Download this form to send a check by mail

Kansas City Ballet Guild President Karen Yungmeyer pictured with 2024 Nutcracker Ball Chairmen Carl and Lynne Weilert. Photo by Strauss Peyton Portrait Studio.

Benefactor Levels

For More Information

Contact Ball Chairmen Lynne and Carl Weilert at 816.381.6942 or

Presented by Kansas City Ballet Guild

The Kansas City Ballet Guild was formed in 1961 by a group of KCB dancers’ parents to promote interest in and provide financial assistance to the company. Since then, the Guild has been integral to the success of the professional, world-class Kansas City Ballet. With 200 members strong, these men and women enjoy special educational programming, exclusive access to company dancers, and have a lot of fun! Their activities also raise significant necessary funds for the company’s repertory, its community and educational programs, and the KCB archives.

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2023 Nutcracker Ball Chairman Jo Anne Dondlinger, Kansas City Ballet Executive Director David Gray and 2023-2024 Kansas City Ballet Guild President Cyndi James. Photography by Kenny Johnson.

Pirouette Award

The Kansas City Ballet Guild proudly presents the Annual Pirouette Award to a person or persons who have contributed extraordinary amounts of time, talent, and energy in a voluntary capacity to benefit the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.

1983 R. Crosby Kemper, Jr
1984 Richard Harriman
1985 Patricia McIlrath
1986 Jeannette Nichols
1987 James Costin
1988 Russell Patterson
1989 Paul H. Henson
1990 Todd Bolender
1991 Jay McShann
1992 George E. Powell, Jr.
1993 Muriel I. Kauffman
1994 Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Bloch
1995 Hallmark Cards, Inc.

1996 Patricia Judd
1997 Anonymous
1998 Estelle Ellis
1999 Valentine Radford
2000 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Sanders
2001 Julia Irene Kauffman
2002 Mr. & Mrs. Landon Rowland
2003 DeVette Ashley
2004 J. Scott Francis
2005 Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock
2006 Rick Poccia / M&I Bank
2007 Vicki Baxter
2008 Wendy Powell

2009 Shirley Helzberg
2010 Dr. and Mrs. Michael D. Frost
2011 Mr. William H. Dunn, Sr.
2012 Sally Wood (in memoriam)
2013 G. Mark Sappington
2014 James Jordon
2015 Barbara Storm
2016 Lisa Merrill Hickok
2017 Elizabeth Hard Simms
2018 Frank Byrne
2019 Sue Ann Fagerberg
2020 Bank of America
2021 Dr. John D. Hunkeler
2022 Barbara Nash
2023 John and Angela Walker

Nutcracker Ball 2023

The Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 56th annual fundraiser gala was held on December 1st at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Jo Anne Dondlinger served as the chair. Dennis and Susan Lordi Marker served as the honorary chairmen.

Cyndi James, Guild President, and David Gray, Kansas City Ballet Executive Director, presented the annual Pirouette Award to Angela and John Walker. The Guild also recognized Grace Holmes contributions as the Ballet’s School Director for the last nine years.

In addition to a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, benefactors and guests enjoyed a delightful performance from Kansas City Ballet Academy and Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) students and gorgeous floral decorations from Craig Sole.

Photography by Kenny Johnson