Partner Profiles

A Valued Partnership

Bank of America has been an exceptional partner of Kansas City Ballet since 2006. Charitable giving to KC Ballet from Bank of America Corporate and the Foundation have totaled more than $1.3 million dollars.

Through their generosity, Bank of America has been the Presenting Sponsor of The Nutcracker annually since 2010, invested in the Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, supported the Artistic Director search which brought the remarkable Devon Carney to Kansas City, contributed to the Annual Ballet Ball and The Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, as well as provided general operating support.

Bank of America’s investment as Presenting Sponsor of The Nutcracker has had an economic impact on our community of more than $1.1 million dollars* and has attracted more than 25,000 people from outside of the area to Kansas City. Integral to Bank of America’s support is Linda Lenza, Senior Vice President, Market Manager, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement. She has served on the KC Ballet Board of Directors for 9 years, providing time, leadership and personal support of the Ballet. Thank you!

Thank you, Bank of America for helping make this possible for Kansas City Ballet and our community.

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Kansas City Ballet is grateful to Belger for leadership support as a new Kansas City Ballet Business Partner and sponsor of the Belger Footnotes Series.

The Belger Footnotes are free, pre-curtain talks for all ticket holders. Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests offer audience members an insider’s view on the storyline, choreography, history, costumes, and music prior to each repertory performance. The Belger Footnotes are held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour before curtain.

Since 1919, Belger has led the crane service industry with a rich history of innovation and foresight. If a job is difficult or challenging, requiring quality, performance, and experience, “Better Call Belger.” Headquartered in Kansas City, with six locations throughout the Midwest, Belger provides crane services, machinery installation, and de-installation, specialized heavy hauling, and warehousing to customers in a wide range of industries. Established in 2000, the Belger Arts Center is located at Belger headquarters in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. Singly and in partnership with other educational, community and arts organizations, it hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, docent led tours and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. Since partnering with Red Star Studios in 2010, programming has expanded to include contemporary ceramics exhibitions, ceramics classes and an artist in residence program. The Belger Crane Yard Studios, near the 18th & Vine Jazz District, opened in the summer of 2013.

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Elevé believes every dancer is unique and what they wear should be a representation of their personality. Dancers spend all day in front of the mirror perfecting their lines, rehearsing choreography, and trying to stand out. When they step into the studio, they want to look their best, they want to be individuals. Elevé knows it’s easy to feel uncertain in such a demanding career. Rehearsal clothing shouldn’t add to those insecurities. Elevé’s goal is to not only give dancers clothing that is comfortable and stylish but also give them the confidence to dance and look their best. Have fun, be creative, and let your inner designer emerge. Wear Elevé and you will get noticed!

Kansas City Ballet is pleased to count on Elevé to help fund scholarships for deserving students. Their generous leadership gifts towards these promising students have been impactful and valued. Elevé also has been a remarkable partner in cross-promotional campaigns.

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The Henderson Foundation is dedicated to impacting the community by empowering individuals, and funding efforts that complement and support the interests, values and vision of Henderson Engineers.

The motto at Henderson Engineers is Work Hard, Play Hard, Give Back, and we take each aspect to heart. Because our community is greatly important to us, we organize community service for hands-on volunteering year-round, encouraging all employees to take advantage of their paid Give Back time. Additionally, the Henderson Foundation supports numerous groups through financial contributions and in-kind donation drives.

Our core values drive us to put people first, lead with innovation, and be great partners through the entire life of a building. Our employees notice right away that we foster a family environment and value a comfortable workplace that inspires our teammates to reach their full potential. We believe happy employees go the extra mile, which results in happy clients. We are diligent about providing a best-in-class work environment that encourages delivering the best quality while also having fun along the way.

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Originally opened in 1914 as a railroad terminal, Union Station — a 501(c)3 non-profit organization — is a historical landmark located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. With more than 850,000 square feet plus an 80,000-square-foot international “EDGIE” awarded Science Center, this celebrated civic asset attracts more than one million visitors annually. The Union Station organization — dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history — is not only home to Kansas City’s Science Center but also the popular Model Railroad Experience, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre, H&R Block City Stage featuring live theater, a selection of unique shops and restaurants, and prominent area civic organizations and businesses. A well-renowned venue for world-class traveling exhibitions, Union Station sets the bar for success. Awarded “Top Banquet Facilities in KC” by KC Business Journal, the facility regularly hosts community events and private celebrations of all sizes. Union Station has become THE place where Kansas City connects, creates, discovers and celebrates.

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Onelife Fitness
Onelife Fitness is a valued Kansas City Ballet Business Council member and has been the ballet’s Official Fitness Club since 2016. Because of Onelife Fitness’ generosity, Kansas City Ballet professional Company dancers, Second Company (KCB II and Trainees) and Artistic Leadership have annual club memberships which include 24-hour access, personal training and classes. Kansas City Ballet is grateful for this important partnership.

About Onelife Fitness
Onelife Fitness’ mission is to deliver the ultimate fitness experience to every member, every time. With this goal in mind, the club offers members the best in health and fitness. Whether individuals are brand new to fitness or training for their next marathon, the staff at Onelife Fitness is there to help! Members enjoy the latest in strength and cardio conditioning, boutique style classes, personal training, turf workout areas, spa-style locker rooms and more.

The Gym
The gym at Onelife Fitness is innovative, community-focused, convenient, friendly and affordable with an ongoing commitment to deliver unparalleled service to its members, and the results they’re looking for. Onelife is Fitness for All!

Learn more about Onelife Fitness including how to get a free pass at their website.

Onelife Fitness
1261 Main St. 4th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105

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Helping to prevent injuries and enhance each dancer’s full potential is the role of physical therapy at Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute’s Performance Rehab. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute has  partnered with Performance Rehab and is Kansas City Ballet’s official physical rehabilitation provider and a member of the Ballet Business Council. Through its Performing Arts Medicine program, specialized therapists routinely provide backstage and on-site physical therapy services for the dancers and help coordinate their medical needs including pre-season physicals.

“Getting to know each dancer and his and her unique medical needs to be able to continue dancing to their full potential has been a great joy of my career,” said Kendra Gage, lead physical therapist for Kansas City Ballet.

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute is a physician owned hospital that provides musculoskeletal care including outpatient therapy with six KC metro locations. In addition to specializing in physical therapy for the performing arts, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute also provides a full spectrum of outpatient therapy options including hand therapy, sports medicine services, and worker’s compensation services. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute’s broader services include both inpatient and outpatient surgery, pain management, diagnostic MRI and orthopedic urgent care.

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and Performance Rehab are proud of our partnership with the KC Ballet. Our doctors and therapists enjoy supporting the musculoskeletal health of the artists.” said Paul Kerens, Senior Executive Officer at KCOI/Performance Rehab. Kansas City Ballet is grateful for the professional care Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute and Performance Rehab provides our dancers and its financial support.

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For more than a decade, Parisi Artisan Coffee has been a valued partner and the Official Coffee Provider of the Kansas City Ballet. Owners Joseph and Salvatore Paris believe the science of roasting and the art of brewing and preparing coffee and espresso-based beverages – when done correctly – can ignite a passion. We are grateful for the opportunity to unite these passions – coffee and dance!

Parisi Artisan Coffee first began roasting coffee in Kansas City in 2006 by the Paris family, a longtime local Italian family who had established several successful artisan food companies under the parent company, Paris Brothers Inc. All Parisi coffees are small-batch, drum roasted at the company’s Kansas City production facility. Parisi Artisan Coffee is available in restaurants and hospitality businesses throughout the Midwest region as well as grocery and specialty stores.

Parisi Café at Union Station, our neighbor, is Parisi’s flagship location offering handcrafted espresso, coffee, tea, and other beverages plus breakfast, lunch and dessert items. Look for a second Parisi Café opening soon in downtown Overland Park.

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A special thank you to BOK Financial Private Wealth as a Supporting Sponsor of Kansas City Ballet at Starlight on May 21-22, 2021.

BOK Financial is a financial services partner for consumers, businesses, and wealth clients. BOK Financial makes a difference in the communities they serve. More than 315 of their employees serve in leadership roles with more than 420 nonprofit organizations. And over the past 20 years, the BOKF Foundation has contributed almost $95 million in support of economic development, education and the arts.

Molly Kerr, CFA is the Senior Vice President and KC Market Executive for BOK Financial Private Wealth, a division of BOK Financial. She currently serves as co-chair of Kansas City Ballet’s Business Council. Molly has worked in the banking and investment management field for thirty years overseeing investments, trust and private banking.

BOK Financial Private Wealth has been a valued Ballet Business Council member and a generous annual sponsor of New Moves since 2014. They support the ballet’s mission to inspire and engage through the beauty, power and passion of dance. It’s partnerships like these that help the Ballet bring a love of dance to children and adults alike through performances, training, engagement
programs and more.

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For more information on sponsorships

Please contact Jennifer Wampler at 816.216.5585 or by email.