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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Star-Gazing and Winter Fun at the Sundance Film Festival

Be part of the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival as you spend five nights in Leigh and John Reaves’ beautifully restored cabin at the top of Main Street in Old Town, Park City.

January 24–29, 2017

It includes:

  • 20 Tickets to the Sundance Film Festival personally arranged for you by Abby Kurin, Tulsa Chamber Arts & Film Director
  • Ground transportation to and from the Salt Lake City airport to Park City
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths — sleeps 4–6
  • Steps away from Park City’s gourmet restaurants and art galleries
  • Minutes from breathtaking ski slopes

Generously donated by Leigh & John Reaves


Thunder Up! Six Lucky Fans are going to the Game of a Lifetime!

Six floor seats in the heat of the action will get you up close and personal as you watch your fellow philanthropist, Kevin Durant, bring it on courtside.

Your VIP trip includes:

  • Private limo service to and from the Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • Complimentary dinner and drinks in the VIP Club with access throughout the game.
  • Game dates:
  • March 11, 2016 v Minnesota Timberwolves at 7pm
  • OR
  • March 24, 2016 v Utah Jazz at 7pm

Buy it Now: $25,000

Courtesy of IBC Bank and Lynne & Bill Schonacher


Luxury Galápagos Islands Cruise for Two

What could be better than spectacular wildlife, devastatingly beautiful surroundings and five-star pampering on a week-long SILVERSEA luxury cruise coupled with a year of BLACK OPTICAL eyewear?

This Galápagos expedition cruise will bring you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos archipelago is inaccessible to most. This isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Experience it all with complimentary exploration activities including Zodiac tours, snorkeling, kayaking and nature hikes led by highly experienced guides certified by the National Park of the Galápagos.

  • July 23–30, 2016
  • All-Inclusive Intimate Boutique Ship with only 100 guests
  • Personalized Butler service in your suite
  • Roundtrip Air between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
  • Two-night pre-cruise hotel stay and tour in Quito, Ecuador

Buy it Now: $25,000

Generously donated by Silversea and Black Optical


Woodhouse Wine Estates Private Wine Blending Experience for Four People

Located outside Seattle, this multiple award winning winery provides you with the experience of lifetime. (Included in Best of Northwest Wines 2015.)

It includes:

  • Blend your own wine under the careful guidance of winemaker Jean Claude Beck whose motto is “No boring wines!”
  • One barrel of custom-made, barrel-aged, wax dipped and bottled wine with your custom designed label to be shipped to you when the time is right (240 bottles / 120 per couple or 20 cases yield)
  • Lunch with winery owner Bijal Shah and winemaker Jean Claude Beck
  • Exclusive wine dinner with Bijal and Sinead Shah (includes a gift card for dinner and wine will be provided by the Shahs)
  • Transportation from downtown Seattle to and from winery is included

Buy it Now: $25,000

Courtesy of Woodhouse Wine Estates

Restrictions: Package good for 18 months, subject to mutually agreeable date.


18th Century Opulence in Umbria, Italy

Experience a slice of heaven in Italy atop the rolling hills of Umbria at Podere Calzone, a country estate impeccably restored to its 18th century beauty with all of the conveniences of the 21st century, owned by friends of several Tulsa Ballet supporters and graciously donated to support Icons & Idols.

Spend a week in the breathtaking hills of Umbria in this five-bedroom estate. Explore the 120-acre property with its own vineyard, par-3 golf course and putting green in the front orchard.

The main house accommodates six in three spacious en-suite bedrooms. There is room for four more guests in the two-bedroom guest apartment under the pool. Outside, stone terraces for dining and entertaining offer stunning views of the Umbrian countryside. Experience the ultimate in luxury as you relax with a glass of the estate’s Rosso e420 wine. Enjoy fabulous meals prepared by the estate chef for you each day. Take cooking classes with chef Paola in the classic Umbrian style. Close to Perugia and Assisi and many local wine estates. Rome is an easy 90 minute drive. Podere Calzone offers a lifestyle that is magically pastoral in a glorious location in the Umbrian hills.

The owners will work with the auction winner to develop your own customized daily menus and itineraries during one of the following time periods:

  • Option 1: April, 2016 – For one week for up to six people (3 en-suite bedrooms in the main house) inclusive of April 6. This week includes two VIP tickets to the Ballet’s nearby Perugia performance, dinner with Marcello and Daniela and transportation to and from the estate to Perugia on April 6.
  • Option 2: October, 2016 – For one week for up to eight people (2 en-suite bedrooms in the main house and the 2-bedroom guest apartment) during the grape harvest season, the auction winners will join hosts Laura Evans and Jim Diack, and will be treated to a personal exploration of the Umbrian countryside. (October 9–16 is unavailable.)
  • Option 3: April, 2017 – Up to six people (3-en suite bedrooms in the main house) will enjoy one week of bliss on the estate, customized for the group. (Dates must be reserved by November 1, 2016.)

Generously donated by Laura Evans & Jim Diack. www.poderecalzone.com.


“Pure Form" from the Creative Minds and Hands of Marcello Angelini and Ace Cuervo

From welded scrap metal, Marcello Angelini and Ace Cuervo have created the dramatic shadow sculpture, “Pure Form.” From Marcello’s painstaking line drawing of a dancer, the metal comes to life—each piece set precisely in place, taking into consideration its distance from the wall, and its angle with the spotlight. Together, Marcello and Ace have created a sculpture that, with the help of a light source, projects a beautiful image of a dancer onto the wall. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.

Disclaimer: This photo is an example of a shadow sculpture. The actual shadow sculpture inspired by a Tulsa Ballet dancer created by Ace Cuervo and Marcello will be unveiled at the event.

  • Courtesy of Ace Cuervo and Marcello Angelini

McBirney Mansion Magic

Twelve guests will experience the ultimate wine and food experience at the spectacular, newly restored McBirney Mansion. Chef Tim Inman of Stone Horse Café will pair fine wines with his finest culinary creations. After dinner, enjoy a port, a fine scotch and a cigar as you relax in the bar, the club room or the patio with the best views in Tulsa.

  • Courtesy of Lise & Tim Inman and Wendy & Gentner Drummond

Designer’s Breathtaking Rosemary Beach, Florida Home with Private Pool and Gulf Views!

Experience the creative and unique home of interior designer and HGTV star, Vern Yip. Graced by stunning artwork, décor and furniture, the home is a feast for the senses, with many of the breathtaking fabrics designed by Vern from the collection he did with Tulsa’s own Fabricut.


  • Accommodations for 8 guests for a one week, Sunday to Sunday stay
  • 4 king bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
  • Bonus bunk nook with 2 twin beds
  • Gorgeous infinity pool
  • Beach view, oceanfront

Generously donated by Vern Yip and Fabricut

Restrictions: Date is subject to availability and coordination with the owners. No pets or smoking.


New York City’s Fashion Week and the Hottest Seats on Broadway!

Channel your inner fashionista with two tickets to attend New York City’s September, 2016 Fashion Week, the premier event worldwide where style, beauty, supermodels and celebrities come together to celebrate the best in fashion. While you’re there, enjoy the hottest tickets on the planet as you step into your fabulous seats to see “Hamilton.” And, if that’s not enough, choose a performance to see Broadways’ newest musical sensation, “Waitress!”

Your trip includes:

  • Tickets to September 8–15, 2016 Fashion Week runway show of Narciso Rodriguez
  • Two orchestra center tickets on Sunday, the eleventh of September to “HAMILTON”, the hottest show on Broadway
  • Two tickets to the performance of your choice of “Waitress” (subject to availability)


Generously donated by Abersons and Square 1 Theatrics


Giddyup on the Drummond Ranch!

Embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl on this unforgettable adventure to Drummond Ranch, a stunning, working cattle ranch in scenic Osage County. Joined by event chairs Wendy and Gentner Drummond, twelve guests will enjoy an afternoon of skeet shooting, horseback riding and exploration. Wind down with cocktails while viewing the countryside on a relaxing hayride before returning to the ranch headquarters for a gourmet feast prepared by Chef James Shrader of Palace Café.

Following dinner, enjoy the Osage sunset with cocktails and s’mores by the campfire before heading back to town. This country adventure will be held on a mutually agreed date. Don’t forget your boots and cowboy hats!

Courtesy of Wendy & Gentner Drummond and Chef James Shrader


Dinner at the Home of Marcello and Daniela Angelini

Masters of Dance AND the kitchen! Friends, excellent food, wine and lively conversation in the beautiful home of Marcello and Daniela create a night never to be forgotten for you and seven guests.

Courtesy of Marcello & Daniela Buson


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.

Your trip includes:

  • Golf for 4 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 & Bob West

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


Alison Anthony

Jennifer Anthony

Shelby Stauffer Bennett

Patricia Chernicky

Rosalie Childs

Sarah Jane Gillett

Leanne Helmerich

David Hogan

Paul Johnson

Jackie Kouri


Thomas Landrum

Laura Parrott

Rebecca Pohlenz

Rodney Pratz

Chad Renfro

Kayla Vaughn

Susie & Don Wellendorf

Cassandra Wilkinson

Monica Williford

Advisory Committee

Billie & Howard Barnett

Bonnie Klein

Bill Schonacher

Susan & Bill Thomas

Mollie Williford

sponsors + patrons

Angelini First Dance Society Patrons


Barnett Family Foundation

Bob Moore Auto Group/Megan & Mark Moore

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

IBC Bank/Lynne & Bill Schonacher

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Bonnie Klein

Mabrey Bank/Shelly & Alan Armstrong

Lou & Connie Miller Foundation

RCB Bank

Leigh & John Reaves

Hannah & Joe Robson

SemGroup Corporation

Jill & Robert Thomas

Susan & Bill Thomas

Kathy & Bob West

Mollie Williford

Debbie Zinke

Choreographer Patron

Susan Parrott


Principal Patrons


Erin & Don Chappel

GlobalHealth, Inc.

Hardesty Family Foundation

Leslie & David Lawson

Jackie Kouri & Gary Paxton

Betty & Steve Pirnat

SJS Hospitality

Sky Fitness and Wellbeing

Georgia & Kenneth Snoke

Susie & Don Wellendorf


Zarrow Family Foundations

Soloist Patrons

Jo & Jack Babbitt

Mary Wheeler & Spencer Brown

Irene & Sanford Burnstein

Patricia Chernicky

Cox Communications

Nanu & Fred Dorwart

Hall Estill

Ann Graves

Leanne Helmerich

Lynne Imhoff

KKT Architects, Inc.

Marian & Jim McCarthy/

Kathy McKeown & Gary Betow

Janet McGehee & Bryan Close


Oxley Foundation


Selser Schaefer Architects

Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Bobbie & Wally Whaling

Marydith & Paul Williams

Monica Williford & Steve Bayles

Diana & Milt Wolff

WPX Energy

Corps de Ballet Patrons

Commerce Bank/Charlotte & Wade Edmundson

Chrystal & Jake Dollarhide

Carol Ann Drummond


Soohyun & Marvin Jin

Matrix Service Company

Frauke & Oscar Quiroga/

Kim Smith & Robert Stanley

Sheri & Charles Stinson


Apprentice Patrons

Judy & Ron Altman

Jennifer & Jonathan Anthony

AVB Bank

Black Optical

Bank of Oklahoma

Elise & Terry Brennan

Cheryl & Larry Chambers

Rosalie Childs


Janie & Earl Funk

Kirsten & Mark Graham

Jacqui & Roger Haglund

Katrine & Ramez Hakim

Suzanne & Jim Kneale

Teresa Knox & Ivan Acosta

Geneva & Kirby Lehman

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Anne & Phil Marshall

Mary McMahon & Lon Foster

Julie & John Nickel

Cynthia & Michael Noland

Donna O’Rourke & Thomas Twomey

Natalie & Chad Osgood

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 Selser Schaefer 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