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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 & Virginia Baszto

Angelo & Theresa Boer

Laura Lewis Blischke

Thomas & Lauren Bolick

John D. Boulden

Lily Bounds

Sara Brady

Diedre Miles-Burger & David Burger

Gregory Burnett

Candace & Gilles Chemtob

Bonnie & Van Church in loving memory of Rispa Church & Dorothy Martin

Cheryl and Tom Collins

  1. Laurence & Susan Costin

Ray Bazzi\Diriga Technologies, Inc.

Donna Dowless

Dr. Phillips Charities

Andrea Eliscu

Dykes & Lisa Everett

Katherine & William Fabian

Mr. Robert & Dr. Heather Fagan

José A. Fajardo

Jesse & Donna Garcia

Rachel & Rob Gebaide

Sandi & Pete Goldish

Kenneth & Marcia Goodwin

Barbara & Jim Grodin

Janessa M. Gursky

Herzog/Pool Family 

Robert Hill

Skip Kirst & Eric Hogan

Dr. Diane M. Jacobs

Shane Jewell

Dr. Lynn Le & Dr. Wei-Shen Chin

Jay & Traci Madara

Paul & Sanj Marosi

Sean McCarron

Deborah McGinn-Tytler in honor of Anamarie McGinn Harris

MEI Civil, LLC

Patrick Mullaney & Joseph Mooradian

Cheryl Mendez

Gwen & James O’Sullivan

Nina & Ronald Oppenheim in memory of Harriett Lake

Orlando Health

Beth & Nick Patterson

Mary Palmer Family Foundation in memory of my daughter Amy Catherine Palmer

Steve & Jennifer Pece

Mark Pulliam & Judy St. Peter

Patricia & Bert Ramsay

Kelly & Brandon Roberts

Dr. Frank Rosemeier & Mrs. Catherine Coleman

Jack & Cindy Rusher

Rob & Jenene Schaeffer

Jeff & Anne Scheetz

Valeria & Jim Shapiro

Geanne & Adrian Share

Arthur Shevchenko

  1. Gregory & Melinda Ledden Sidak

Celnah Smith

Brian & Rita Smith

Dr. & Mrs. Julio Sotolongo

Andrew J. Snyder

Peter & Bernadette Stern

Randall Sumner

Alfred Szymanski

Leslie J. Temmen

Dylan & Dana Thomas

Trish & Rick Walsh


To learn more, contact:

Cheryl Collins

Director of Development

[email protected]