November 20, 2021

The Nutcracker Ball

Join us for the 54th annual gala!

In celebration of the return of the performing arts in our community, the Kansas City Ballet Guild is proud to kick-off the coming holiday season with the 54th annual Nutcracker Ball. This festive event will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021 in the Neptune Ballroom of the stunning Loews Hotel in downtown Kansas City. Following an evening of cocktails, dinner and performances by the Kansas City Ballet, dance the night away to the sounds of the Fountain City 45s at the After Party!

All proceeds from the Nutcracker Ball support Kansas City Ballet. Your gift as a benefactor allows the company to continue providing outstanding classical ballets, contemporary world premieres and exciting works from gifted international choreographers. The Ball also supports educational and engagement programs for all in our community as well as scholarships for students in the Kansas City Ballet School.

The Loews Hotel provides the ideal setting for this joyous event with a modern look and stunning views of the Kansas City skyline. The ballroom sparkles with its chandeliers and inviting colors of blue and cream offering a welcoming hospitality for guests to mingle, dine and dance the night away. This fundraising event is more important than ever. When main stage productions and engagement programs resume, Kansas City Ballet needs to be fully prepared. With your help, Kansas City Ballet will once again provide our whole community with transformational performances, fulfilling its mission of inspiring and engaging people in our community and beyond through dance.

Please rest assured that your health and safety are our primary concern. We will follow all local guidelines and the latest safety recommendations.

These are our safety requirements for attendance at the Patron Party on November 18 and the Ball on November 20. There are no exceptions.

– Proof of full vaccination status must be presented upon entry (you may submit a photo of your vaccination card in advance to OR
– Negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours
– Masks strongly encouraged upon entry at the Loews Hotel on November 20. Masks encouraged at the Bolender Center on November 18.

Ball Honorary Chairman
Michael D. Fields

Ball Chairmen (photo below)
Tempe Ostergren Elsberry and Karen Yungmeyer

Photography by Kenny Johnson

Benefactor Tickets

The Nutcracker Ball Patrons cocktail party will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

All Ball Benefactor levels will receive recognition in the Ball invitation and program book; and 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.


Raffle is open to the general public.  You do not need to attend or be present at the Nutcracker Ball to win.

Special Thanks To:

Michael D. Fields, Honorary Chairman

Michael D. Fields is Kansas City Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball 2021 Honorary Chairman. He is proud to serve as a philanthropic ambassador to the Kansas City community and the Ballet. His altruistic devotion to both community and arts speaks volumes. Mr. Fields has worked to establish foundations like the William T. Kemper Foundation and Office of Charitable Trusts, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City Foundation and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts. He provides guidance and service to numerous boards including the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, UMKC, and the Harriman-Jewell Series. The Kansas City Ballet Guild is proud to present Michael Fields as our 2021 Honoree. Thank you for serving this community for over 30 years!

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. More than 170 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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Nutcracker Ball 2021 Benefactors

Contributors as of November 15, 2021. We regret any errors or omissions.

Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Richard J. Stern Foundation For The Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee

Julia Irene Kauffman

Evelyn R. Craft Belger and C. Richard Belger
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne & Howard Elsberry
Michael D. Fields
Bonne and Clifford Illig
Beth Ingram and Edward Milbank
Kao Family Foundation
Kay and Gary Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Lowry F. Anderson, Jr.
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Bubb
Lisa S. Choules
Commerce Bank
Jo Anne and Bill Dondlinger
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Sue Ann and Richard Fagerberg
Carol and Tony Feiock
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Joan Horan
Husch Blackwell LLP
Dr. Roger and Sandra Jackson
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Lauren and Jack Merriman
Lathrope GPM LLP – Paula and Jack Rowe
Lockton Companies, Inc.
CiCi Rojas and Oscar Monterrosa
Gigi and Gary Rose
Susan and Glen Sands
Mr. Mark Sappington and Dr. David S. McGee
Suzanne Shank
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
Greg and Barbara Storm
Angela and John Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weilert
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

Claire and Joe Brand
Mr. Charles E. Bruffy and Mr. Donald Loncasty
Edie and Randy Downing
Marilyn A.W. Gaar, in memory of Norman E. Gaar
Dr. and Mrs. John D. Hunkeler
Dennis and Susan Lordi Marker
Juliette Singer and Ian Spinks
Sarah Ye

Aviva Ajmera and Wayne Strickland
Anna and John Allen
Vicki and Bruce Baxter
Carol Blum M.D. and Steven Wilson
Lynne and Peter Brown
Dr. Robert and Pam Bruce
Vince and Julie Clark
Sally and Dave Dannov
The DeBruce Foundation –
Paul & Linda DeBruce
Steve and Cathy Doyal
JE Dunn Construction Company
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
The Reverend and Mrs. William Fasel
Trudy and Jack Gabriel
Frances and George Gerritz
Mark and Nancy Gilman
Lisa and Steven Glassman
Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Mary Beth and Hank Hershey
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Mrs. Cyndi James
Kurt Knapstein
Regina and Bill Kort
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
P. Alan McDermott
Jackie and John Middlekamp
Dr. Robert and Kay Moffat
Stephen and Laura Mullin
Dr. Daniel and Reverend Jean Murphy
Barbara and David Nicely
Monica S. and James E. Nichols
Carolyn and Bill Parkerson
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Jill Ingram Reynolds
Reverend Canon Ryan and Christina
Wiksell of Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
John and Marney Sherman
J. Michael Sigler
Sunday Siragusa, Pauline Siragusa Henne
and Felicia Siragusa Bondi
Sharon and Thomas Soetaert
Barbara Spilker and Mary Peavey
Suhor Family Foundation
Ursula Terrasi and James Miller
Mrs. Katherine L. Trum
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Van Way III
Myron and Nicole Wang
Mr. Jeff Whitman
Dr. Loren and Thomas Whittaker
Dr. Michael and Cindy Wurm
Ms. Miriam Zavagnin

Melinda Beal
ECCO Select Corporation/Jeanette Prenger
Amy and David Embry
Melanie Fenske
Donald J. Hall
Molly and Brett Lane
Mary Leonida
Margaret and Keith Pence
James Pendleton Sr.
Rachel and Matt Merlo
Patricia Scott
Lisa and Christopher Sirridge

2 Friends Printing/Cindy Hisle
Tempe and Andrew Elsberry, KC Ballet physical therapists
Fairway Creamery
Kenny Johnson Photography
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Lucia’s Sarto/Nataliya Lucia Meyer
Daniel Meeker
Rimann Liquors
Tiffany & Co.
VanBrock Jewels
Vintegrity Wine and Spirits

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

Nutcracker Ball 2019

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Nutcracker Ball at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza chaired by Peggy Beal. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Michael Beers Band, and a spectacular performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. Dr. Roger and Sandy Jackson, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as Honorary Chairman.

Guild President John Walker and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2019 Pirouette Award to Sue Ann Fagerberg for her outstanding contribution to the performing arts.

Photography by Larry F. Levenson