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A link with virtual access will be emailed to you in December.


We thank you for your generosity
and look forward to making
your holiday season bright!​



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to Fort Wayne Ballet
and mail to 300 E. Main Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Our RAISE THE BARRE Progress Fund is purposefully distributed to the areas of greatest need within the organization, such as:

• Attracting world class talent to Fort Wayne
• Incorporating live music into our performances and classes
• Sharing our art with this community and beyond through a variety of educational and outreach programs
• Maintaining modern, safe facilities
• Hiring some of the industry’s most qualified instructors
• Expanding the programming of the Auer Academy

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Fort Wayne Ballet relies heavily on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to continue our mission. Donating to the Annual Fund establishes a brighter future not only for our organization, but for our community.

Join the movement — support Fort Wayne Ballet with your gift today. Our dancers thank you!
For more information, contact our Director of Development & Marketing Jillian Schepis Lee at

2020 | 2021 SEASON 64

PRINCIPAL  |  $500 to $1,499

SOLOIST  |  $250 to $499

CORPS de BALLET  |  $100 to $249


Members of this leadership group enjoy exclusive perks and rewards including VIP events, receptions, studio rehearsal access, backstage tours, and more. Please review our Diaghilev Society materials (or use the link below) or email Jillian at or call 260.484.9646

Fort Wayne Ballet gives a standing ovation to the Founders Circle of our Diaghilev Society. Circle members are forever recognized as the visionaries who launched Fort Wayne Ballet’s Diaghilev Society and created a lasting legacy.

Richard E. Baker
Jennifer A. Bell

Hope Huber
Barry and Carol Labov
Janet Leezer and Todd Opacinch
Richard and Sharon Leezer
The Lupke Family
Dave and Cheryl McComb
Mike and Jeanne Mirro
Rifkin Family Foundation
Morrie Sanderson and Amanda Kinneman
Jeanette Schouweiler

The Steck Family
Chuck and Lisa Surack
Donald F. Wood & Darlene M. Richardson Foundation

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Thank you to our Diaghilev Society members for their continued leadership and generosity to Fort Wayne Ballet:

IMPERSARIO CIRCLE | Gifts of $10,000 and greater

Richard E. Baker
Hope Huber
Richard and Sharon Leezer
Dave and Cheryl McComb

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CIRCLE | Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999

Jennifer A. Bell
Barry and Carol Labov
Janet Leezer and Todd Opacinch
The Lupke Family Foundation
Mike and Jeanne Mirro
Rifkin Family Foundation
Morrie Sanderson and Amanda Kinneman
Jeanette Schouweiler
Robert, Carrie and Bobbi Steck
Chuck and Lisa Surack
Donald F. Wood & Darlene M. Richardson Foundation

CHOREOGRAPHER CIRCLE | Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

Dr. Kevin Berning
Diane Humphrey

BENEFACTOR CIRCLE | Gifts of $1,500 to $2,499

Bob and Liz Hathaway
David Lupke
Moira Harding and Raymond Parmer
Sue and Matt Wojewuczki
Dr. Judy and Steven Zacher

Thank you to our Annual Fund campaign contributors for their support:

PRINCIPAL | Gifts of $1,500 to $2,499

Tim and Libby Ash
Anita and Bix Benson
Deborah Bernardini
Jeremy Blanton
Joan Baumgartner Brown
Rose-Aimee Butler
Cathy Christoff
Jane and Irwin Deister
Joni and Ron Dick
George Donner
Nick Ehinger
Clayton Ellenwood
Janice H. Eplett

Spencer Feighner
Kristin Giant
Camille Grable
Edward Hartung
Eleonora Pokhitnova Hartung
Tammy and Joe Hyndman
Ginny and Bill Johnson
Sebastian Kleber
Carol and Duane Lupke
Joan and Tom Marcuccilli
Rick and Penney Phillips
Charles and Lou Ann Presti
Helen and Jason Row

Larry Rowland
Melissa and Peter Schenkel
Karen Rathburn and Peter Schepis
Nancy Schepis
Jamie and David Slotsema
Eleanore Steward
Nancy and David Stewart
Lisa and Ted Storer
Stacey Strack
Eric Tippmann
Mary Lou Whateley
Todd and Jennifer Wilson
Bruce and Jan Wright

SOLOIST | Gifts of $250 to $500

Greg Boylan
Jason Brooks
Rachel and Jamie Chang
Maureen Ciocca
George Donner
Janet and Michael Ettensohn
Dr. Valerie Lake and Jeffrey Faulstich
G. William Fishering

Betsy and Geoffrey Gephart
Bradley and Stephanie Gough
Cody and Brain Hollis
Tod Kovara
Corinna Ladd
Jane Lanier
Louise Larsen

Judith A. and William C. Lee
Karen Myers
Joseph Platt
Rachel Starr
Dr. Amy Thomas
Brandi and Todd Walker
Galen Yordy

CORPS DE BALLET | Gifts of $100 to $249

Fritz Aichele
Jon Allmandinger
Meghan and Matthew Andrews
Lenka and Steve Bercot
Anne and David Bobilya
Dennis Bowman
Jeanne and Kevin Burnett
Mackenzie Caudill
Margita and Robert Criswell
Marie Crowder
Susan Devito
Karla Dobson
Anita Dunlavy
Annie Eckrich
Madelane Elston
Janet and Michael Ettensohn
Daniel C. Ewing
Jeffrey Faulstich
Linda Gaff
Dr. Robert and Connie Godley
Daniel Hamblin
Eleonora Pokhitonova Hartung
Susan and Tony Henry


Jane and Tom Hoffman
Jason Swisher and Colleen Huddleson
Susan and Franklin Johnson
Pamela and Kevin Kelly
Sally Klimer
Dorothy Kittaka
Kathryn Kleber
Louise A. Larsen
Amanda and William LaSalle
Pam and Ron Laux
Li-Ming and David Liu
Marita O'Neill-Maloley
Barbara and Harry Manges
Pat and Jim Marcuccilli
Melisa McCann
Shelby and Jon McFann
Cindy and Mitch McKinney
Susan and David Meyer
Drs. April and Charles Morrison
Steve Nagy
Chris Knutson and Robert Nance
Kathleen Kemme and Fred Nash


Gayla Norris
John O'Connell
Laura Ramsey
Phil Rich
Max E. Robart
Ann and Richard Robinson
Janet Roe
Emily and Matt Roussel
Mary and Jim Roussel
Carissa and Tim Ryan
Christy Sandmaier
Jeanette and Jim Schmidt
Thomas Skiba
Sarah Stackhouse
Sally and Doug Stitzer
Jack Swain
Marli Thomas
Norma and Jim Todd
Ann Wallace and Mark Troutman
Joyce Truitt
Mary Lou Whateley
Audra Wilcoxson
Lindsay and Brandon Wolf
Virginia Zimmerman

 |   Donors noted as of September 28, 2020   |