New Ballet Ensemble and School Donors

New Ballet Ensemble and School's Building Brighter Futures Giving Ensemble

The following donors made a long-term commitment to the sustainability of our mission by joining New Ballet Ensemble and School’s Building Brighter Futures Giving Ensemble.  

There are three levels of the Giving Ensemble: Empower ($10,000+ each year for 5 years), Impact ($5,000-$9,999 each year for 5 years) and Reach ($1,000-$4,999 each year for 5 years).

Empower -- $50,000+ ($10,000 or more each year for 5 years)

W. Hamilton Smythe III

Eleanor and Bubba Halliday

Milton Schaffer

Impact -- $25,000-$49,999 ($5,000-$9,999 each year for 5 years)

Breen Bland and Jeanie Mercer*

Julia and Ham Smythe IV

Sarah and Michael Tauer*

Reach -- $5,000-$24,999 ($1,000-$4,999 each year for 5 years)

Rex A & Johnnie Amonette

Paula and Cliff Barnes

Jill Brookoff and Mark Jones

Ginny and Berkeley Burbank (over 4 years)

David and Pam Coleman

Fred Davis

Bobby Dodge

Henry Dodge

Katie and Matt Futrell

Lou Henslee and Roy Bell

Palmer and John Jones

Pat and Bill Keel

Jeni and Jamie Linkous

Margaret and Alec McLean

Deborah Northcross

Elizabeth Corbett and Mark O’Malley

Michael and Virginia Rowland

Glenda and Gary Shorb

Anne and John Stokes

Kurt Tauer

Susan Thomason

Kristen and Richard Vining

Leadership Gifts were donated to inspire others to join Building Brighter Futures in supporting our students: Phyllis and Paul Berz $5,000; James McGehee $10,000; James and Janet McGehee $15,000 (FY17 and FY18).

*Other leadership givers noted above with an asterisk.

New Ballet Program and Scholarship Donors


The Assisi Foundation


W. Hamilton Smythe III*





The Martin Family Foundation


Eleanor and Bubba Halliday*

Memphis Grizzlies Foundation

Milton Schaeffer

$30,000 – 39,999

City of Memphis

Tennessee Arts Commission

$20,000 - $29,999

Breen Bland and Jeanie Mercer*

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Hohenberg Charity Trust in honor of Juliet Wischmeyer

National Endowment for the Arts

Julia and Ham Smythe IV*

Splawn Charitable Foundation

Sarah and Michael Tauer*

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

$10,000 - $19,999


Ginny and Berkeley Burbank*

Goldsmith Family Foundation

Hope Christian Community Foundation

James and Janet McGehee*

James McGehee*

Kite Foundation

Rose and Walter Montgomery Foundation*


Leslie and Peter Schutt

Anne and John Stokes*

Ann and Jim Vining

Kristen and Richard Vining


$250,000 - $500,000

  • Anonymous
The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Hamilton Smythe III
  • The Splawn Charitable Foundation

$100,000 - $249,999

  • ArtsMemphis Enhancement Grant

$75,000 - $99,000

  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Hamilton Smythe, IV

$50,000 - $69,999

  • Thomas W. Briggs Foundation
  • The Plough Foundation

  • Anne and John Stokes

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Anonymous

  • The Canale Foundation
  • The Hohenberg Foundation
  • Hope Christian Community Foundation
Lichterman Loewenberg Foundation
  • Louise B. Phillips Foundation
  • Mortimer Levitt Foundation
  • Katherine Smythe Charitable Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999

  • Andrew Clarkson

  • AutoZone
Kathy Buckman and J.W. Gibson
  • Harry Goldsmith
Goldsmith Family Foundation
  • Tandy Gilliland

  • James F. Gould

  • Paula Higdon

  • Hohenberg Charity Trust
  • Dorothy Kirsch
  • Lester Lit

  • Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ringel

  • The Schadt Foundation

  • The Wilberforce Project Fund

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Kathy and Jack Blair

  • Grace and James Harwood
The Magdovitz Foundation

  • Mr. and Mrs. James McGehee III
  • Charlie Ryan
Terry Sims Saunders
  • TicketMaster/IAC Fund

$2,500 - $4,999

  • The Sam Hurst Family
  • Gail and Burton Milnor
  • Robin and Billy Orgel
  • Robert Phillips
  • Linda and Ronald Sklar
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Smythe

  • Dr. and Mrs. Todd A. Tobias

  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wischmeyer

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Stephanie Green Cole

  • Angie and Will Deupree

  • Mary Jane Gentry

  • Bunny and Jeff Goldstein
James E. and Katherine B. Harwood Charitable Foundation
  • Buzzy Hussey

  • Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Jalenak
  • Rose M. Johnston
  • Richard Kaufman
  • Deb and Tim Mashburn

  • Kate Mashburn

  • Mortimer Levitt Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rogalski
  • Sarah Stepp
  • The Turley Foundation
Valerie and Henry Valk
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy D. Webster III

$500 - $999

  • Dr. and Mrs. Rex A. Amonette
  • Jerome and Sondra Goldstein Family Foundation

  • Kate and Robert Gooch

  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hutton III
  • Barry Lichterman

  • Deidre Malone

  • Deborah Northcross

$1 - $499

  • The Brooksbank Family
  • Betty J. Calandruccio
  • Scott and Meg Crosby
  • Michael Detroit
  • Henry Dogrell
Sarah Dormois

  • Tom Gettelfinger

  • Anne and Marsh Gibson
  • Richard Gould
  • Gina Hall

  • Roy W. Hendrix Jr.

  • Carter Horace

  • Harlan Hutton
Margy and Dick Israel
  • Florence Leffler

  • Sara Lewis

  • Martha Ellen Maxwell
  • Margaret and Alec McLean
  • Holly McGehee

  • Mr. and Mrs. James Mercer
  • Martha Pipkin
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pohlman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Saab

  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scheuner
  • Carrie and David Vaughan
  • Ronald Walter

  • Jerry Wolfe