50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

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The 50th Gala Celebration will be a fabulous evening.  The Pegasus surroundings will be transformed and feature delicious appetizer and dessert stations, entertainment, and silent and live auctions.


  • Fabulous food stations by Chef John B. Bahas II, Waterloo Restaurant and Catering
  • Dance to The Chosen Few

Your support is needed more than ever before!  We ask for your help to make our next Ball event a success through your tax-deductible donation of an item for the silent or live auction, or a cash donation toward the purchase of an auction item.

Funds raised by the Anniversary Celebration provide support for our school and performing company youth; financial aid for students otherwise unable to study ballet; engagement of world renowned guest master teachers; educational outreach for 5,000 area school students; and performances of Peter and the Wolf and repertory program Director’s Choice in the fall, holiday favorite The Nutcracker in December and The Wizard of Oz in the spring.

Live Auction Items

Fund the Cause
Join in the spirit of the season and assist the Canton Ballet in bringing our Cassandra Crowley’s Black Box Theatre/Studio vision to life!  The studio will provide Canton Ballet with much-needed additional studio and rehearsal space.  Our architect’s plans also include seating for up to 170, allowing us to host performances in-house!  Your generous contributions will provide seed $$$$$ for grants and assist us in making this dream a reality!

 Our major sponsors

Grand Finale
Maria Charif & Firas Hamdan
Taylor Companies of Ohio

Featured Performance
Donna & Robert Leibensperger
Pamela Shaw & Thomas Roncevic
Standard Plumbing & Heating
Sharon & William Luntz

Opening Act
Christine & Douglas Malcolm
Stark Community Foundation
Patricia A. Miller
Jane & Ron Sibila
Harold E. Zeigler, Jr.

Nutcracker Ball Committee

Fund Development Chair
Lindsay Zimmerman

Nutcracker Ball Co-Chairs
Erin Szekeres, Amy Memmer


Volunteer Coordinator

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, donors and volunteers whose support, gifts and hard work made this event possible.