02.20.16 + Cox Business Center + Tulsa, OK

Cocktails & Entertainment Commence at Six in the Evening

Black Tie Attire + Complimentary Valet Parking

Event Chairs: Wendy + Gentner Drummond

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THUNDER UP with five lucky friends and travel by luxury private limo to Oklahoma City to see the Thunder tip off!

Your VIP trip includes:

  • Luxury limo round trip from Tulsa
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Six courtside tickets for a game to be determined
  • Complimentary dinner and drinks in the VIP Club, with access throughout the game

Courtesy of IBC Bank and Lynne & Bill Schonacher.


An Oenophile’s Dream:
Private Wine Blending Experience at The Woodhouse Wine Estates near Seattle

This trip for up to four people to Woodhouse Wine Estates outside Seattle is your chance to play winemaker at this multi award-winning winery, known for crafting high quality, complex and age-worthy wines.

The trip includes:

  • Transporation provided to and from Woodhouse Winery
  • Lunch with winery owner Bijal Shah and Winemaker Jean Claude Beck
  • Wine blending under the guidance of Winemaker Jean Claude Beck
  • One barrel of custom-made wine (240 bottles/120 bottles per couple, or 20 cases yield) to be labeled with your custom design
  • Dinner with Bijal and Sinead Shah, who will provide wine for the evening

Flint Hills Golf Getaway

One foursome will travel via private plane for an unforgettable day of golf at the Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kansas. A private golf club unlike any other, Flint Hills has been ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s Top 100 Courses, as well as their Top 50 Golf Retreats. Our generous donors, who will be traveling with you, have committed the other foursome and are willing to match the price achieved tonight.


  • Golf for one foursome at Flint Hills National Golf Club
  • Round-trip, private air transportation from Tulsa
  • Drinks and hors d’oeuvres following the round of golf at the Flint Hills Clubhouse

Courtesy of Kathy and Bob West.


Dinner alla Casa Angelini

You know they can dance — but oh, how they cook!

Marcello Angelini and his wife Daniela Buson will entertain 8 people with their culinary skills in their home on a mutually agreeable date.

Kick back and enjoy a casual evening of family, fun, great food and vino with Daniela and Marcello.

Courtesy of Daniela Buson and Marcello Angelini.


Scotch & Cigars
at The McBirney Mansion

Enjoy a scotch tasting and cigars in the historic McBirney Mansion’s Gun Room with hosts Wendy & Gentner Drummond and up to 10 guests.

Your experience Includes:

  • Balvenie Scotch tasting dinner by chef, Tim Inman
  • Balvenie and Glenfiddich Scotches will be paired with Chef Inman’s menu selection along with cigars from the Davidoff collection

This package is good for 18 months, subject to mutually agreeable dates.

Courtesy of Wendy & Gentner Drummond, Chef Tim Inman, Republic National, and Fogue & Bates Tobacco

Please check back soon as we add more live auction items filled with iconic experiences!


Please join us February 20, 2016 for our 5th annual Icons & Idols gala! Come share an evening of fun, excitement, dance and great food with your friends and the dancers of Tulsa Ballet. Ma Cong will create a table-side, one-night-only performance that will distill the principle of Pure Form into a dance created especially for you.

Enjoy a glimpse at some of the inspiration behind Icons & Idols 2016 theme: Pure Form

event committee

Leadership Committee

Wendy & Gentner Drummond
Event Chairs

Susan Parrott
Patron Chair

Cassie Reese
Live Auction Chair

Kathy West
Live Auction Marketing Chair

Billie Barnett
Honorary Advisor


Jennifer Anthony

Shelby Stauffer Bennett

Patricia Chernicky

Rosalie Childs

Sarah Jane Gillett

Leanne Helmerich

David Hogan

Paul Johnson

Jackie Kouri


Thomas Landrum

Laura Parrott

Rodney Pratz

Chad Renfro

Kayla Vaughn

Susie & Don Wellendorf

Cassandra Wilkinson

Monica Williford

Advisory Committee

Billie & Howard Barnett

Bonnie Klein

Bill Schonacher

Susan & William Thomas

Mollie Williford

sponsors + patrons

Angelini First Dance Society Patrons

Barnett Family Foundation

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

George B. Kaiser Family Foundation

Mabrey Bank/Alan Armstrong

Lou & Connie Miller Foundation

Rodney Pratz

Hannah & Joe Robson

Jill & Robert Thomas

Susan & William Thomas

SemGroup Corporation

Kathy & Bob West

Mollie Williford

Debbie Zinke

Principal Patrons

GlobalHealth, Inc.

Hardesty Family Foundation

Jackie Kouri & Gary Paxton

Georgia & Kenneth Snoke

Susie & Don Wellendorf

The Williams Foundation

Soloist Patrons

Jo & Jack Babbitt

Mary Wheeler & Spencer Brown

Patricia Chernicky

Cox Communications

Nanu & Fred Dorwart

Hall Estill

Leanne Helmerich

KKT Architects, Inc.

Janet McGehee & Bryan Close



SelserSchaefer Architects

Marydith & Paul Williams

Monica Williford & Steve Bayles 

Diana & Milt Wolff

Corps de Ballet Patron

Commerce Bank

Charlotte & Wade Edmundson


Apprentice Patron

Black Optical

Bank of Oklahoma

Elise & Terry Brennan

Cheryl & Larry Chambers

Chrystal & Jake Dollarhide


Janie & Earl Funk

Kirsten & Mark Graham

Jacqui & Roger Haglund

Katrine & Ramez Hakim

Suzanne & Jim Kneale

Geneva & Kirby Lehman

Julie & John Nickel

Cindy & Michael Noland

Mariner Wealth Advisors

University of Tulsa

Josephine Winter



2015 Icons & Idols, Celebrating Marcello Angelini

about Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet…Then and Now

The story of Tulsa Ballet began in 1956. Husband and wife Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin, and musician Rosalie Talbott, founded Tulsa Ballet Theatre, blending classical dance with dramatic theatre. Internationally known dancers in the Ballet Russe tradition, Jasinski and Larkin set the tone for artistic excellence—a foundation that has been preserved and built upon for decades.


Today, Tulsa Ballet annually reaches more than 40,000 individuals across Oklahoma and employs a multi-cultural roster of dancers comprising 27 highly-skilled professionals representing 10 different countries. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Marcello Angelini, Tulsa Ballet has reached new heights on the stage. Tulsa Ballet was the first arts organization in the state to be named an Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador and has brought unprecedented recognition to Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma by developing an artistic reputation marked by innovative works with international impact. Regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America, Tulsa Ballet consistently brings the finest works in classical and contemporary dance to the Midwest region, giving audiences a unique opportunity to view world-class ballet in the heartland of America.

Tulsa Ballet in the Community

Tulsa Ballet believes that all individuals in our community deserve access to the arts, and we are committed to providing arts education and outreach through the Center for Dance Education (CDE). Since its inception in 2003, the CDE has quickly become recognized as the region’s leading ballet training facility with an annual enrollment of approximately 350 students. CDE reaches out to children and families from underserved communities through programs geared toward dance education, promotion, and appreciation, serving more than 6,000 individuals annually. Tulsa is just one of 11 cities nationally selected by The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., to participate in the “Any Given Child” initiative. As part of “Any Given Child,” every 5th grader in Tulsa Public Schools will attend a performance of Backstage at the Ballet, featuring the artists of Tulsa Ballet II. Tulsa Ballet also works with more than 40 Tulsa-based social-service agencies to create Partners in Art (PIA) and Hope for the Holidays (HFH). Through those two programs more than 6,000 individuals attend a PIA or HFH performance for free.

The Hardesty Center for Dance Education

Tulsa Ballet has launched a $25 million Integrated Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative in the history of the company. Funds raised from the Defining the Future Campaign will be used to broaden the reach of the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education, build and create new productions, and increase the Tulsa Ballet endowment in order to provide for the long‐term sustainability of the organization.


To kick off its 60th anniversary season in 2016, Tulsa Ballet will open the doors to The Hardesty Center for Dance Education, to be located in Broken Arrow, just east of the intersection of Aspen Ave (145th) and 101st (New Orleans). The Hardesty Center for Dance Education will be possible as the result of a generous gift of 13.72 acres from the Hardesty Family Foundation and its founders, Roger and Donna Hardesty. The gift, valued at $4.185 million, is one of the largest gifts ever awarded by the Foundation. The facility has been designed by SelserSchaefer Architects, and the structural and civil engineering has been provided by KKT Architects, Inc.


The 21,000-square-foot facility will house the Ann and Jack Graves Studios and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Performance Studio, which will serve as a performance venue for ballet students and educational outreach programs, as well as a functioning dance studio. Tulsa Ballet II, the organization’s pre-professional ensemble, will also offer performances in the Zarrow Studio. The Hardesty Center for Dance Education will open in August of 2016!

2016 Tulsa Ballet Italian Tour

Tulsa Ballet will present a series of performances throughout Italy in the spring of 2016, which will be the fourth international tour for Tulsa Ballet. The Italian tour will begin on March 30, 2016 in the northern city of Trieste, and then continue with performances in Udine, Mestre, Vicenza, Gorizia and Perugia, concluding April 8 in Brindisi.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Icons & Idols benefitting Tulsa Ballet!
Please contact us with questions regarding this special evening.

Cindy Webb, Tulsa Ballet Director of Development
cindy.webb@tulsaballet.org + 918-749-6030 x207
1212 East 45th Place South, Tulsa, OK 74105