What is ENCORE?

Welcome to ENCORE!, Ballet Yuma’s family of donors dedicated to ensuring that Yuma continues to have a high-caliber ballet and contemporary dance program available to the young artists within our community.

Ballet Yuma is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to excellence in performance and education, and to enriching the cultural climate of our community. Our three main sources of funding include ticket sales, fundraising activities/events, and donated financial support; we receive no income from monies paid in tuition to the Company’s official school, Yuma Ballet Academy. If you enjoy and appreciate the level of quality that you witness onstage, please consider offering your financial support at any level. Our donors are vital to our success – invest in our community by investing in Ballet Yuma today!

Donations to Ballet Yuma just became easier.

You can now make your donations via PayPal using your credit card.  Click on the link below to begin supporting Ballet Yuma today!


How Does ENCORE! Benefit You?

  • Donations to Ballet Yuma are tax-deductible because Ballet Yuma is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
  • All donors will receive recognition in our Nutcracker and Spring Concert performance programs
  • For our Honor and Prima ENCORE! members, Ballet Yuma provides many additional advertising opportunities in all marketing materials and media advertising as well as free tickets to our performances and Special Events
  • Ballet Yuma recognizes Honor and Prima ENCORE! members at every opportunity, to include an on-stage introduction at our performances
  • Donations from our ENCORE! members are the lifeline that keep Ballet Yuma alive and thriving – without these funds, big or small, Ballet Yuma will cease to exist for Yuma’s young artists and for our many loyal patrons

For more information on how to become a member of ENCORE!, please contact Jenn Coleman, Company Manager at 928-446-6770.


Director’s Gold Circle ($5,000 or more)

Lenore Farese * Arizona Commission on the Arts

Honor ($2,500 or more)

Alan and Trisha Kinnell * Diana Crites – Crites & Associates * Paul Bensel Jewelry * Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma

Prima ($1,000 or more)

Pauline Kuiper * Ted Gaffin and Sandy Williams – Creative Concepts Realty *Edward Jones – Brian Butcher * Up 2 Par Medical – Dr. Robert Smythe * Alexandria Urias, alumni * Ana Maria Arevalo Snyder * Naomi Amparo, alumni with matching gift from Exxon Mobile * Gift in honor of Nancy Gill * Andrea Hauck Photography * Yuma Ballet Academy – Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair * Aiello Eye Institute * Barkley Ag Enterprises * JV Smith Farms * Arizona Gives * Elks Lodge PBOE 476 * George Zimmerman and Kasandra Lor * Red Sea Heart Center

Principal ($500 or more)

The Hermenau Family * Jacobson Company * 1st Bank Yuma * Sonora Nissan * Gary and Mary Heiligenthal  * Dr. Patrick Farrell * Captured Light Photography – Bill Butler * Julia Howe * Cam and Emma Cong * Greg and Chardee Watowich with matching gift from Chevron

Soloist ($250 or more)

Terry Sinclair * Scott and Valarie Donnelly * Cocopah Indian Tribe * Wal-Mart Foundation for the Flores Family *Alton and Chris Jones * Brigitta Kuiper and Gil Urias * Kathleen Mele *Misenhimer, Aivazian & Tennant * Bone & Joint Center of Yuma – Ron Clark, MD  *Geotechnical Testing Services * Long Realty – Elizabeth Carpenter * Wilber Ellis * Doug and Carol Henry * Gowan Company * Lines and Lundgreen * Sunland Chemical * Tom and Pam Cheely * Wells Fargo Advisors  * Johnson Controls *Doug and Melissa Henry * Dune Company of Yuma

Demi-Soloist ($150 or more)

Constance Uribe * Amazon Smile * Wade Noble * American Legion

Corps ($50 or more)

Robert Enders * Amelia Gandara – Alumni * Finn Gorman  * Anonymous

Apprentice ($25 or more)

* Kim Bensel

A Special Thanks to our Many In-Kind Supporters

To all backstage, lobby and “in the background” volunteers who generously donate their talents, time and energy in support of Ballet Yuma – we offer our sincerest thanks. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!

Donations to Ballet Yuma just became easier.

You can now make your donations via PayPal using your credit card.  Click on the link below to begin supporting Ballet Yuma today!

Thank you, Arizona Commission on the Arts! Ballet Yuma is honored to be supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. With these funds, we are able to continue working in our community to meet our mission of bringing quality arts programming to Yuma.

This season the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma gave Ballet Yuma $4000 to expand it's outreach programs. Thank you ACF of Yuma and San Luis!

The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.