Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Ball 2021

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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.

Take a look at some of our event photos    |    Photography by Kenny Johnson


Guild President Peggy Beal, Ball Chairman Karen Yungmeyer, Ball Chairman Tempe Ostergren Elsberry, Artistic Director Devon Carney

Stephen and Laura Mullin with Melissa Ford and Eric Molloy

KC Ballet Trainees Ian Anderson-Conlon and Chloe Exline, Joan Locke and George Langworthy, KC Ballet KCB II Dancer Nicole Townsend

Edie and Randy Downing

Dr. Michael and Cindy Wurm

Troy and Angela Moore

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, Ball Honorary Chairman Michael D. Fields, Julia Irene Kauffman

Divine Aquino, KC Ballet Dancer Cameron Thomas, David McGee, Mark Sappington, KC Ballet Dancer Mia Steedle, Hope Wampler, Chelsea Tasca

Myron and Nicole Wang with Vince and Julie Clark

Kristi Capps, Parrish Maynard with KC Ballet Dancers Amanda DeVenuta, Lilliana Hagerman, and Lamin Pereira

Dr. Veronika McDonald and Jeremy Espey

Angela Valadez, KC Ballet Dancer Whitney Huell, Patrick Valadez

Greg McCarthy and Dan Aldridge

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