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:

– Proof of full vaccination status must be presented upon entry (you may submit a photo of your vaccination card in advance to guild@kcballet.org) OR
– Negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours
– Masks will also be required except while eating and drinking


Ball Honorary Chairman
Michael D. Fields

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

Photography by Kenny Johnson

Benefactor Tickets Are On Sale Now!

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.

Sponsorship Levels

Ballet Ball Signature Nutcracker

Add to your collection or holiday décor, our signature Nutcracker for the 2021 Ballet Ball. The Hollywood Castle King Nutcracker dressed in silvery white stands on a sparkly wooden base and is holding a white and silver staff with a star and clear gem dangle. On his crown sits a miniature glittery castle that’s surrounded by twigs. He measures 17.5 inches and is designed and signed by Holly Adler. The Castle King Nutcracker is $70 and can be ordered and delivered to your door.

BUY YOUR SIGNATURE NUTCRACKER NOW

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 September 10, 2021. We regret any errors or omissions.

NUTCRACKER BENEFACTOR
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY BENEFACTOR
Richard J. Stern Foundation For The Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee

PATRON PARTY HOST
Julia Irene Kauffman

DR. DROSSELMEIER BENEFACTOR
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne & Howard Elsberry
Michael D. Fields
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Illig
Beth Ingram/Edward Milbank
Kao Family Foundation
Kay and Gary Smith

ROSE BENEFACTOR
Mr. and Mrs. Lowry F. Anderson, Jr.
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Bubb
Jo Anne and Bill Dondlinger
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Richard and Sue Ann Fagerberg
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Joan Horan
Husch Blackwell LLP
Dr. Roger and Sandra Jackson
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Lathrop GPM LLC/Paula and Jack Rowe
Lockton Companies, Inc.
Loretto Foundation
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
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS BENEFACTOR
Claire and Joe Brand
Edie and Randy Downing
Marilyn A.W. Gaar, in memoriam of Norman E. Garr
Dennis and Susan Lordi Marker
Juliette Singer and Ian Spinks
Sarah Ye

SNOWFLAKE BENEFACTOR
Anna and John Allen
Vicki and Bruce Baxter
Carol Blum M.D. and Steven Wilson
Lynne and Peter Brown
Vince and Julie Clark
The DeBruce Foundation – Paul & Linda DeBruce
Steve and Cathy Doyal
JE Dunn Construction Company
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
The Rev. and Mrs. William Fasel
Trudy and Jack Gabriel
Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Mrs. Cyndi James
Regina and Bill Kort
Siobhan McLaughlin Lelsey
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
P. Alan McDermott
Jackie and John Middelkamp
Dr. Robert and Kay Moffat
Stephen and Laura Mullin
Barbara and David Nicely
Monica S. and James E. Nichols
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Reverend Canon Ryan and Christina Wiksell of Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
Marny and John 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
Mrs. Katherine L. Trum
Dr. Charles W. and Gail Van Way III
Myron and Nicole Wang
Mr. Jeff Whitman
Dr. Loren and Thomas F. Whittaker
Dr. Michael and Cindy Wurm
Ms. Miriam Zavagnin

SOLDIER BENEFACTOR
Melinda Beal
ECCO Select Corporation/
Jeanette Prenger
Melanie Fenske
Donald J. Hall
Molly and Brett Lane
James Pendleton Sr.

OUR IN-KIND AND UNDERWRITER SPONSORS
2 Friends Printing/Cindy Hisle
Fairway Creamery
Kenny Johnson Photography
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Lucia’s Sarto/Nataliya Lucia Meyer
Daniel Meeker
St. Johns Kansas City
House/Chris Kearns
Tiffany & Co.
VanBrock Jewels

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