50th Anniversary Celebration Gala

Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts

Friday, November 20, 2015


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

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 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala 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.

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 Ziegler, Jr.


Fund Development Chair
Lindsay Zimmerman

Nutcracker Ball Co-Chairs
Erin Szekeres & Amy Memmer

Donna Leibensperger & Sharon Luntz


Chef John G. Bahas II, Waterloo Restaurant & Catering

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