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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Diamond Ball

Kansas City Ballet Guild’s Diamond Ball kicked off Kansas City Ballet’s 60th anniversary season on October 7th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Loren and Tom Whittaker were the honorary chairmen, and Melanie and Mike Fenske served as the chairmen. More than 450 guests enjoyed a cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler Design and Craig Sole Designs, entertainment by KOKOMO, and two Kansas City Ballet mini-performances. Guild President Gigi Rose honored Elizabeth Hard Simms with the 2017 Pirouette Award for her commitment to the performing arts.

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Mr. and Mrs. Glen Sands


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Danielle Bausinger and Mr. Liang Fu, dancers


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Dancer Tempe Ostergren and Mr. Andrew Elsberry


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Nancy Murdock and Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Kansas City Ballet; Kathy Stepp and Mr. Howard Rothwell, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fenske, chairmen; and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Whittaker, honorary chairmen


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Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Wampler, Mr. James Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Spilker and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Baxter


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Susan Meehan-Mizer, Maureen Lillard, Mrs. Gary Rose, Guild president;  Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Randall Downing and Mrs. Steven Joyce


Also featured in the November 11, 2017 issue of The Independent
Photo Credit: Larry F. Levenson


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The Lyric Opera Circle – 2021 Fall Luncheon

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