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Kansas City Ballet Guild – Spring Luncheon

The Savoy At 21c was the site for Kansas City Ballet Guild’s annual Spring Luncheon. Host Jo Anne Dondlinger planned the May 12th event, which featured beautiful floral arrangements from Craig Sole. Guild President Peggy Beal welcomed the guests, and Jeffrey J. Bentley and Devon Carney, both with Kansas City Ballet, gave an update on the upcoming Ballet season. Peggy installed the 2022-2023 Guild Board and passed the gavel to her successor, Incoming President Melissa Ford.

(Front row) Felicia Bondi, Pauline Henne, Sunday Siragusa, Sandy Jackson, and Susan Bubb (back row) Shawn Conwell, Angela Hudson, Whitney Hosty, Megan Bubb, and Devon Carney, Kansas City Ballet


2022-2023 Guild Board Members: Mark Sappington, Judith Unruh, Craig Sole, Cindy Wurm, Laura Mullin, Dana Koehn, Jo Anne Dondlinger, host; Angela Moore, Lisa Sirridge, Barbara Spilker, Penelope Vrooman, Carolyn Price, Peggy Beal, 2021-2022 president; Karen Yungmeyer, Susan Sands, Cyndi James, Maki Brown, Gina Harrison, Melissa Ford, 2022-2023 president; Julia Kim-Malter, Jeanie Murphy, Angela Walker, and Anna Ruhl


Melissa Ford, 2022-2023 president


Featured in the June 11, 2022 issue of The Independent.
Photo Credit: Paul Anderson


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