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Challenge Match & Sustained Giving Program May 1, 2018 |

Orlando Ballet is proud to announce the launch of our new

Challenge Match &

Sustained Giving Program

Which will include a 1:1 match*

Download Pledge Form

Pledged by our Board President, Jonathan Ledden and his wife and fellow Board Member, Krista as follows:

The match will apply to all new or increased gifts pledged in the current fiscal year (before June 30) that also include:

  • commitment to maintain historic annual giving
  • three year pledge for the new or increased funding

*Annual cap for this match is $250,000 for potential yield of $1.5M over the current and subsequent two years.


Orlando Ballet has enjoyed loyal support from many donors of varying gift levels over its nearly 45-year history for which we remain most grateful. In order to build upon this legacy, the creation of a sustained giving program will provide for the necessary long term planning required of performing arts organizations.

This is the next logical step as the organization works to implement the Long Range Plan presented to the community in November 2017 and created with significant input from the Board of Directors and senior leadership team of the Ballet.

Please consider investing in the mission of Orlando Ballet through this program to ensure that the Ballet, its award-winning school and community enrichment programs remain available for generations to come.


Very special thanks are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Ledden for their vision and willingness to seed fund this program.


Additional thanks to the following inaugural investors in the Sustained Giving Program:

Keith & Eleanor Ackermann

Zac Alfson & Bryan Henley

Ted and Virginia Baszto

Angelo and Theresa Boer

Thomas & Lauren Bolick

John D. Boulden

Lily Bounds

Candace Chemtob

Bonnie and Van Chuch in loving memory of Rispa Church and Dorothy Martin

J. Laurence and Susan Costin

Diriga Technologies, Inc.

Dr. Phillips Charities

Andrea Eliscu

Dykes and Lisa Everett

Katherine and William Fabian

Mr. Robert and Dr. Heather Fagan

José A. Fajardo

Jesse and Donna Garcia

Rachel and Rob Gebaide

Barbara and Jim Grodin

Janessa M. Gursky

Herzog/Pool Family 

Skip Kirst and Eric Hogan

Dr. Diane M. Jacobs

Shane Jewell

Dr. Lynn Le and Dr. Wei-Shen Chin

Jay and Traci Madara

Sean McCarron

MEI Civil, LLC

Cheryl Mendez

Gwen and James O’Sullivan

Beth and Nick Patterson

Steve and Jennifer Pece

Mark Pulliam and Judy St. Peter

Patricia and Bert Ramsay

Dr. Frank Rosemeier and Mrs. Catherine Coleman

Rob and Jenene Schaeffer

Jeff and Anne Scheetz

Valeria and Jim Shapiro

Geanne and Adrian Share

Celnah Smith

Dr. and Mrs. Julio Sotolongo

Peter and Bernadette Stern

Randall Sumner

Alfred Szymanski

Dylan and Dana Thomas

Trish and Rick Walsh

Kelly and Brandon Roberts 


To learn more, contact:

Cheryl Collins

Director of Development

[email protected]