The Nutcracker Ball

November 21, 2020

The Nutcracker Ball

For Your Special Evening at Home

Tune into the Private Broadcast Event and experience Helen Pickett’s world premiere ballet, as well as the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier dance from The Nutcracker.

Pick up your extravagant dinner from two conveniently located restaurants (Grand Street on the Plaza and The Bristol at 119th & Nall).

Enjoy a gift bag full of unique KCB goodies, including specially designed masks!

Reminisce about the nearly 50 years of The Nutcracker performances.

Laugh along and maybe even cry as you hear personal accounts about Tatiana Dokoudovska, Honorary Chair in Memoria and KCB founder, from those who knew her well.

Buy Your Raffle Tickets Now!

Get your $10 raffle tickets now – winners will be drawn on Saturday, November 21 during the Nutcracker Ball private broadcast event. Raffle tickets can be purchased until 8 p.m. on November 21.

Raffle tickets are available for anyone to purchase, you do not need to purchase a ticket to the Nutcracker Ball event or be present to win. KC Ballet will contact the winner.

KC Ballet Walk-on Role for The Nutcracker 2021
Take your place on the Muriel Kauffman Stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts during Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker during December 2021 on a mutually agreed upon performance date. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has never before been offered. Value: Priceless

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Alaskan Fur Infinity Scarf
Keep warm in style this winter with a red and yellow rex knit checkerboard infinity scarf. The softest scarf you will ever own will keep you snuggled up as you cheer on the Chiefs! Value: $150

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One Night Stay at the Westin
Get away to the heart of our City! With shopping, museums and The Link easily at your disposal your beautifully appointed room will face our City’s iconic World War I Memorial and Museum. Some restrictions may apply. Value: $200

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Steinbach Nutcracker
Part of the Steinbach Disney Collection, this 14” Mickey Mouse nutcracker is a joy and a half! Handmade in Germany by Steinbach, who for over 200 years has maintained its tradition and passion for detail, creativity and the finest materials in producing its world-famous nutcrackers. Value: $300

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Specialty Wine Basket
The centerpiece of this trio of wines is 2015 Joseph Phelps Ovation. The other wines include a 2017 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Savignon Napa Valley and a Trinchero Napa Valley 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay. The complete packet also includes implements and an insulated wine bottle holder. Value: $300

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Custom-Made Bowtie from Maddy’s Bows
Maddy’s Bows designs, fabricates and martes unique, hand-crafted bow ties. Founded by Mary Anne and KC Ballet Board member Steve McDowell, these unique bow ties are reversible and constructed in two parts giving the wearer nearly unlimited options. Learn more about Maddy’s Bows. Value: $300

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Sponsorship Levels

Tatiana Dokoudovska, Honorary Chairman (in memoria)

This year we take a look back. We will be honoring the woman whose vision, tenacity and devotion brought Kansas City Ballet into being in 1957. Tatiana Dokoudovska, known by her students as Miss Tania, was the driving force behind the Ballet for many years. We are pleased to pay tribute to her in memoria as Honorary Ball Chair. As you can imagine, this year is one that neither Miss Tania nor anyone at Kansas City Ballet could ever have imagined.

Learn More About Miss Tania

Tatiana Dokoudovska Kansas City Ballet

Honor Her Legacy

We hope you’ll consider making Kansas City Ballet part of your Legacy. A gift in your estate is one of the most thoughtful things you can give to future generations. 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 Rebecca Zandarski, CFRE, CSPG, by email or 816.216.5597.

Nutcracker Ball 2020 Benefactors

Snowflake Benefactor
Kao Family Foundation
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Nutcracker Benefactors
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Evelyn Craft Belger and Richard Belger
Bradley Clarke
Edie and Randy Downing
Anne and Howard Elsberry
Carol and Tony Feiock in honor of Tatiana Dokoudovska
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Joan Horan
Bonne and Cliff Illig
George Langworthy
Lathrop GPM / Paula and Jack Rowe
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
Juliette Singer and Ian Spinks
Barbara and Gregory Storm
Gail and Charles Van Way
Angela and John Walker

Gold Benefactors
Claire and Joe Brand
Jo Anne and Bill Dondlinger
Marilyn A.W. Gaar, in memory of Norman E. Gaar
Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins / The Lighton Fund
UMB Financial Corporation

Silver Benefactors
Lynne and Peter Brown
Susan and Stephen Bubb
Sue Ann and Richard Fagerberg
Shirley and Barnett Helzberg
Sandy and Dr. Roger Jackson
JE Dunn Construction Company
Gigi and Gary Rose
Whitney Van Way
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weilert

Carol Blum and Steven Wilson
Kathleen and Andy Anderson
Vicki and Bruce Baxter
Janis Brewster
Pamela and Robert Bruce
Julie and Vince Clark
Gay Dannelly and Richard Jensen
Sally Dannov
Peggy and Terrence Dunn
Michelle and William Fasel
Melanie and Michael Fenske
Frances and George Gerritz
Donald J. Hall Sr.
Sarah Ingram-Eiser
Cyndi James
Brooke and Matt Johnson
Suzi and Dr. Howard Kilbride
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Susan Lordi Marker and Dennis Marker
Jean and Daniel Murphy
Lucinda and Richard Rice-Petrie
Mrs. Sunday Siragusa
Lisa and Dr. Christopher Sirridge
Barbara Spilker
Michelle Hamlett Weith and Brian Weith
Cindy and Michael Wurm
Karen and John Yungmeyer

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