Join us for the 55th annual gala!
Journey with us to the magical “Land of the Sweets” at Kansas City Ballet Guild’s annual gala, the Nutcracker Ball. We have so much to celebrate: Kansas City Ballet’s 65th season, the Guild’s 55th gala, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley’s 25th season and Artistic Director Devon Carney’s 10th season!
The Westin offers a lovely setting for delicious cuisine, a Land of the Sweets-themed raffle, and after-dinner music and dancing by the local band Lost Wax, featuring singer Eboni.
Proceeds from the Nutcracker Ball provide essential support for Kansas City Ballet. Making outstanding dance experiences accessible to all is a top priority for Kansas City Ballet. Your benefactor gift enables our company to perform beautiful classical and contemporary ballets by gifted choreographers. Your donation also benefits our award-winning Kansas City Ballet School and Kansas City Ballet’s extensive community and in-school educational and engagement programs, which reach more than 20,000 people annually.
In 2022, under the nine-member Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee, Kansas City Ballet is embarking on a deep and thorough examination of its operations, programming, and productions to advance our mission and vision.
Ball Honorary Chairmen
Barbara and Greg Storm
Angela and John Walker
Photography by Kenny Johnson and Strauss Peyton
Become a Benefactor Today!
Benefactor levels start at $750 and go up to $65,000. Please download this form to see all levels and benefits. You can purchase benefactor levels online starting at $750 below.
As a Nutcracker Ball benefactor, you are also invited to enjoy a fabulous cocktail party at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
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.
2022 Nutcracker Ball Chairmen John and Angela Walker pictured with Kansas City Ballet Guild President Melissa Ford (center). Photo by Strauss Peyton.
2022 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen
The Kansas City Ballet Guild is proud to present Barbara and Greg Storm as the 2022 Nutcracker Ball Honorees. The Storms, both Nebraskans, moved to the Kansas City area from Michigan in 1994 and began supporting the Kansas City Ballet shortly thereafter. Additionally, they have provided longtime financial and volunteer support to many other non-profit organizations in our KC community, including the Kansas City Symphony, St. Therese North Catholic Church, Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, Harvesters, the Junior League of Kansas City, Life Unlimited, the Red Cross, Northland Miracles, and Morning Glory Café.
Barbara and Greg’s daughter Kaitlyn was an enthusiastic Kansas City Ballet student for 13 years, dancing in The Nutcracker for 9 of those years. Barbara has been a member of the Ballet Guild for 25 years, serving in many leadership roles, including Ballet Ball Chairman and Guild President. She has been on the Kansas City Ballet’s Board of Directors for 15 years, serving as head of the Operations and Finance Committee and Chairman of Kansas City Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Barbara is currently the Board of Directors President-Elect, serving on the Moving Into The Future Campaign and The Bolender Society Committee.
Thank you to the Storms for serving this community for over 25 years!
2022 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen Greg and Barbara Storm. Photo by Strauss Peyton.
Benefactor Levels and Single Tickets
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.
Kansas City Ballet Board of Directors Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, 2021 Ball Co-Chairman Karen Yungmeyer, Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, and 2021 Nutcracker Ball Co-Chairman Tempe Ostergren Elsberry.
Nutcracker Ball 2022 Benefactors
Contributors as of September 1, 2022. We regret any errors or omissions.
BLUE SAPPHIRE PREMIER UNDERWRITER
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY BENEFACTOR
Greg and Barbara Storm
PATRON PARTY HOST
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS BENEFACTOR
Elsberry Family Foundation – Anne and Howard Elsberry
Sue Ann and Richard Fagerberg
Hunkeler Family Foundation – Dr. John and Mary Hunkeler
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford W. Illig
Jackson and Gamble Family/Microsoft
Dr. Roger and Sandra Jackson
Kao Family Foundation
Ms. Leslie A. Pfriem
Angela and John Walker
ARABIAN COFFEE BENEFACTOR
Mr. and Mrs. Lowry F. Anderson, Jr.
AssuredPartners Capital, Inc.
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Evelyn R. Craft Belger and C. Richard Belger
Commerce Bank – Kansas City
Vicki and Mark Dickerson
JoAnne and Bill Dondlinger
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Husch Blackwell LLP
JE Dunn Construction
Dana M. Koehn and Sanofi
George H. Langworthy, Sr.
Lathrop GPM LLC/Paula and Jack Rowe
Lockton Companies Inc
Edward P. Milbank
Susan and Glen Sands
Mark Sappington and David McGee
Christopher and Lisa Sirridge
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer
FRENCH SHEPHERD BENEFACTOR
Vicki and Bruce Baxter
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Carol Blum and Steven Wilson
CIGNA Healthcare of Kansas/Missouri
Edie and Randy Downing
Marilyn A.W. Gaar
Dennis Marker and Susan Lordi Marker
Sun Life Financial
Juliette Singer and Ian Spinks
SPANISH CHOCOLATE BENEFACTOR
Anna and John Allen
Sarah Bent and Craig Thompson
Joe and Claire Brand
Robert and Pamela Bruce
Vince and Julie Clark
Lucy and Fred Coulson
DeBruce Foundation/Paul & Linda DeBruce
Douglas and Karen Downing
Steve and Cathy Doyal
Terry and Peggy Dunn
George and Frances Gerritz
Lisa Merrill Hickok
Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley
Bill Lindsay and Jan Foletta
Matthew and Rachel Merlo/Google Fiber
James Miller and Ursula Terrasi
Dr. Robert and Kay Moffat
Rev. Jean and Dr. Daniel Murphy
Barbara and David Nicely
John and Linda Nobles
Bill and Carolyn Parkerson
Drs. Charles and Susan Porter
Lisa and Charles Schellhorn
Thomas and Sharon Soetaert
Barbara Spilker and Mary Spilker Peavey
Mrs. Michael Siragusa, Mrs. Felicia Bondi, and Mrs. Pauline Henne
Suhor Family Foundation
Sven and Julie Sykes
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Van Way III
Matthew and Jane Webster
Mr. Jeff Whitman
Rev Canon Ryan and Mrs. Christina Wiksell
Dr. Michael J. Wurm and Cindy Wurm
CHINESE TEA BENEFACTOR
Melinda L. Beal
Michael and Melanie Fenske
Strauss Peyton Photography
2 Friends Printing/Cindy Hisle
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
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
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
Nutcracker Ball 2021
On Saturday, November 20, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Nutcracker Ball at the beautiful Loews Kansas City Hotel chaired by Karen Yungmeyer and Tempe Ostergren Elsberry. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Fountain City 45s, and a spectacular performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. Michael D. Fields, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as Honorary Chairman. Guild President Peggy Beal and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2021 Pirouette Award to Dr. John D. Hunkeler for his outstanding contribution to the Ballet.
The Guild also recognized Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley for being honored with the 2022 Missouri Arts Award for Leadership in the Arts. This award for our state’s arts heroes, the people who make the arts happen, was given by the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri.
Photography by Kenny Johnson