2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party

2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Lisa Sirridge, Chris Sirridge, Dancer Goldie Walberg, MaryBeth Hershey, Hank Hershey | Photography: Larry F. Levenson

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted their Kick Off Party at Lydia’s in Kansas City Crossroads’ historic Freight House. Over 100 ballet enthusiasts and dancers mingled and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while Guild President John Walker and Artistic Director Devon Carney spoke of the exciting new season ahead. Proceeds raised by the Kansas City Ballet Guild help support the company’s repertory, its engagement and educational programs, as well as the Kansas City Ballet Archives.

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Dancer Priyana Acharya, John Walker (Guild President), Dancer Jessica Ousterhout | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Dancer Emma Pennell, Dancer Georgia Fuller, Ball Chairman Peggy Beal, Andy Beal | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Megan Bubb, Susan Bubb, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Carrie Kruse | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Cyndi James (Kick Off Party Chair), Jo Anne Dondlinger | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Angelo Brisimitzakis, Dancer Zachary Boresow, Dancer Dillion Malinski, Joan Brisimitzakis | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Sabrina Lee, Francie Mayer, Dancer Fiona Lee, Juliette Singer, Ian Spinks | Photography: Larry F. Levenson
2019-20 Guild Kick Off Party
Loren Ruud, Christopher Ruud, Pam Carney | Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Announcing 2019 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen

The 2019 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen

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Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen:  Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson Photography by:  Jonathon Braswell, Strauss Peyton Photography

Kansas City Ballet Guild is pleased to announce long-time supporters of the Kansas City Ballet and generous members of the Kansas City community, Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson, as Honorary Chairmen for The Nutcracker Ball.

The 2019 Nutcracker Ball Honorary Chairmen Dr. Roger and Mrs. Sandy Jackson and Ball Chairman Peggy Beal invite you to join them for an evening of cocktails, exquisite cuisine and dancing on Saturday evening, November 23, 2019, at The InterContinental Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza.  The Nutcracker Ball, presented by Kansas City Ballet Guild, benefits the Kansas City Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet School.

For more information and ticket purchases, please go to www.kcballetball.org.

Event Recap: KC Ballet Guild’s Spring Luncheon

KC Ballet Guild Spring Luncheon

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The Kansas City Ballet Guild held its annual Spring Luncheon on May 9th at the Carriage Club. Hosts Felicia Bondi and Pauline Henne planned the lovely luncheon – Craig Sole provided the beautiful floral arrangements. President Susan Meehan-Mizer recognized special guest, Rene Horne, a retiring staff member after 12 years of service to the Ballet. After, guests were treated to a dance performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Youth Ballet, Susan introduced the 2019-2020 Guild Board and passed the gavel to her successor, incoming President John Walker.

SPECIAL GUEST

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Rene Horne, Outgoing President Susan Meehan-Mizer

2019-2020 GUILD BOARD

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2019-2020 Guild Board – (front row) Christine Waldschmidt, Carol Blum, Cathy Bourne, Juliette Singer, Incoming President John Walker, Peggy Beal, Francie Mayer, (next row back) Teresa McKinney, Cyndi James, Gail Van Way, Edie Downing, (next row back) Nan Lippincott, Gigi Rose, Karen Yungmeyer, Penelope Vrooman, (back row) Angela Bedell, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Melissa Ford, Sarah Ingram Eiser, Sarah Bent, Angela Walker. Out of camera range: Crissy Dastrup, Carol Marr, Lisa Hickok, Tempe Ostergren Elsberry.

EVENT PHOTOS

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Kansas City Ballet Board of Directors Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, Dr. Roger Jackson, Sandy Jackson

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Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Susan Meehan-Mizer

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Teresa McKinney, Stephanie Eppler
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Sue Ann Fagerberg, Suzanne Shank, Joyce Whitehead, Carolyn Parkerson
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Susan Bubb, Karen Downing, Kathy Anderson, Joan Brisimitzakis
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Penelope Vrooman, Vicki Baxter, Susan Sands, Francie Mayer
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Christine Waldschmidt, Julia Steinberg

KANSAS CITY YOUTH BALLET

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Kansas City Ballet Youth Dancers Talia Lebowitz and Timothy TV Cao
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Kansas City Ballet Youth Dancers Morgan Dunham and Tristan Hanson
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Kansas City Ballet Youth Dancers Kathryn Benson, Grace Campbell, Colleen McKenzie, Jordan Noblett, Sara Radka

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: The Emerald City Ball Private Dinner

Generous patrons of the 2018 Ballet Ball, The Emerald City Ball, were guests at a private dinner on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Emerald City scene from The Wizard of Oz ballet provided the perfect setting for the event underwritten by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The exquisite four-course dinner was served amid the lovely table décor provided by Craig Sole and Larry Wheeler. Guests enjoyed  Kansas City Ballet Second Company Dancers and Trainees performing a number from The Wizard of Oz.

Event Photos

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.

Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: Guild 2018 Fall Luncheon

Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

On September 27, Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted their 2018-2019 Season’s Fall Luncheon at Webster House. Members, new and old, enjoyed a delicious luncheon followed by a welcome from the Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer.

Event Photos

Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Photography: Larry F. Levenson.

Guild: Spring Luncheon 2018

Gigi Rose, Susan Meehan-Mizer Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Susan Meehan-Mizer Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

The Kansas City Ballet Guild held its annual Spring Luncheon on May 10th at Hallbrook Country Club.  Peggy Beal and host Barbara Eiszner planned the lovely luncheon – Craig Sole provided the beautiful floral arrangements. President Gigi Rose recognized special guests, Carol and Tony Feiock, the Honorary Chairmen of the upcoming Emerald City Ball taking place on October 6, 2018.  After guests were treated to a dance performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company, Gigi introduced the 2018-2019 Guild Board and passed the gavel to her successor, incoming President Susan Meehan-Mizer.

EVENT PHOTOS

KCB II Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
KCB II Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Julia Irene Kauffman, Mary Beth Hershey, Peggy Dunn, Sara Bower Youngblood Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Julia Irene Kauffman, Mary Beth Hershey, Peggy Dunn, Sara Bower Youngblood Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Claire Brand, Mark Sappington, Kathy Stepp, Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Claire Brand, Mark Sappington, Kathy Stepp, Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Edie Downing, Jennifer Wampler, Crissy Dastrup, Susan Bubb. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Edie Downing, Jennifer Wampler, Crissy Dastrup, Susan Bubb. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
2018-2019 Guild Board - (front row) Angela Walker, Sarah Bent, Penelope Vrooman, Juliette Singer, President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Francie Mayer, Mark McNeal, Edie Downing, Kathy Anderson, Gail Van Way, Mary Beth Hershey, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Gigi Rose, (back row) John Walker, Mark Sappington, Sarah Ingram-Eiser, Felicia Bondi, Craig Sole, Melissa Ford, Peggy Beal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
2018-2019 Guild Board – (front row) Angela Walker, Sarah Bent, Penelope Vrooman, Juliette Singer, President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Francie Mayer, Mark McNeal, Edie Downing, Kathy Anderson, Gail Van Way, Mary Beth Hershey, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Gigi Rose, (back row) John Walker, Mark Sappington, Sarah Ingram-Eiser, Felicia Bondi, Craig Sole, Melissa Ford, Peggy Beal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

The Emerald City Ball Announces Honorary Chairmen

Honorary Chairmen Carol and Tony Feiock | Photographer Larry F. Levenson
Honorary Chairmen Carol and Tony Feiock | Photographer Larry F. Levenson

Kansas City Ballet Guild is pleased to announce long-time supporters of the Kansas City Ballet and generous members of the Kansas City community Carol and Tony Feiock as Honorary Chairmen for The Emerald City Ball.

The Emerald City Ball

2018 Ballet Ball Honorary Chairmen, Carol and Tony Feiock, and Ball Chairman, Gigi Rose, are looking forward to an evening of cocktails, exquisite cuisine, and dancing on Saturday evening, October 6, 2018, at the  InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. This year’s Ball will celebrate the Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz. The Emerald City Ball is presented by Kansas City Ballet Guild in support of Kansas City Ballet programs and scholarships.

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2018 Ballet Ball Chair Announced

Chairman Gigi Rose and Gary Rose. Photographer Larry F. Levenson
Chairman Gigi Rose and Gary Rose. Photographer Larry F. Levenson

Kansas City Ballet Guild will hold its annual gala on October 6th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Gigi Rose is serving as chair of the event that will kick off the Kansas City Ballet season. The theme, “The Emerald City Ball”, will commemorate the Ballet’s world premiere The Wizard of Oz which opens October 12th.

The recipient of the Guild’s Pirouette Award will be announced at the Ball.  This award is presented annually to an individual whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have benefited the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.

Proceeds from the gala support the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School.

Underwriters and Benefactors

With gratitude for your support, Emerald City Ball Underwriters and Benefactors will enjoy a splendid pre-dinner reception in the InterContinental’s rooftop ballroom prior to entering the Emerald City.

Additionally, sponsors at the Table Host level and above on Tuesday, October 16 will experience an evening of dinner, music and dance among the never-before-seen sets of The Wizard of Oz on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more about becoming an underwriter or benefactor of the Ballet Ball here. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2018.