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 $1.5 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 $2.8 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 and Market Executive. She has served on the KC Ballet Board of Directors for 10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Performance Rehab KCOI is honored to be the exclusive physical therapy provider for the Kansas City Ballet. Our performing arts team, led by Kendra Gage DPT, OCS works with the dancers year-round to provide education and treatment to prevent injuries while maximizing performance. Our team has a collective 50+ years’ experience rehabilitating recreational, pre-professional, and professional performers. It is a joy to utilize our passion and expertise for performing arts to work with the talented dancers at the Kansas City Ballet. In addition to performing arts, Performance Rehab KCOI offers numerous specialties across 11 locations to serve our community.
Performance Rehab is partnered with the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. As Kansas City’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to orthopaedics, KCOI has raised the bar on clinical outcomes and quality measures by providing a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services to all patients. The services at KCOI include general orthopaedics, urgent care orthopaedics, imaging, and rehabilitation. KCOI physicians, in partnership with Performance Rehab, assist the Kansas City Ballet in providing orthopaedic and sports medicine care for its performers.
“We are honored to continue to support the dancers to better health and maximal performance. They are inspiring and amazing athletes, and we look forward to many more stunning shows.” -Kendra Gage, DPT, OCS Performance Rehab KCOI
For more than a decade, Parisi Coffee has been a valued partner and the Official Coffee Provider of 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 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.
Enjoy handcrafted espresso, coffee, tea, and other beverages at Parisi’s café locations in the historic Union Station, Downtown Overland Park, Argosy Casino, and Kansas City International Airport.
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.
YMCA of Greater Kansas City is thrilled to be the official healthy living partner of KC Ballet and supporting sponsor of The Nutcracker.
Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community since 1860. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across communities. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
For more information on sponsorships
Please contact Jennifer Wampler at 816.216.5585 or by email.