The Dorrance Family Foundation
Ballet Arizona would not be the Company that it is today without the support of The Dorrance Family Foundation.
Since 2002, the Foundation has granted over $3,000,000 to Ballet Arizona. Their support helped Ballet Arizona grow physically, by funding our Capital Campaign that built our new state-of-the-art rehearsal space, school, and administrative offices on Washington Street. They helped the Company grow artistically by being the premiere funder of our New Works Initiative with a $1,000,000 grant bringing us back to Desert Botanical Garden each year for the next five years.
The Foundation’s support has also allowed the Company and the School to blossom artistically with our intimate 299-seat Dorrance Theatre. For the first time ever, The School of Ballet Arizona has presented 2 full-length story ballets: The Sleeping Beauty and most recently 3 sold out performances of Swan Lake. The theatre has also allowed Ballet Arizona to grow its Education and Outreach programs by offering Performance Hours, which are completely free and open to the public.
The Dorrance Family Foundation funds so many well-deserving organizations around the Valley, in California, and Hawaii. Ballet Arizona is extremely grateful to be a recipient of their continued generosity and unwavering support.
The Marley Foundation
Simply put, the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation is one of Ballet Arizona’s most important funders.
The Marley Foundation has granted a total of $1,400,000 to Ballet Arizona since its establishment in 1990,
shortly before Mr. Marley’s death. Capital Campaign Co-Chair Carol Schilling said, “The Marley Foundation’s
early and transformative gift for our new building inspired many others to give generously, too.“
Two grandsons of the Marleys – Stephen and Daniel Corrigan – now sit on the foundation board. They
continue the family tradition of philanthropy, including an abiding interest in agriculture, education, the arts and children.
Foundation President Stephen Corrigan was quoted in 1997 after his grandmother’s passing that, “… she had a real hard time turning away any worthy cause for kids.” Today, hundreds of children pass the Kemper and Ethel Marley Box Office on their way to dance classes in Ballet Arizona’s new headquarters on East Washington Street. Given Kemper Marley’s major role in developing Arizona’s cattle industry, it is an interesting coincidence that the new ballet building is located just down the street from the former Phoenix stockyards!
Other Marley Foundation grants have supported Ballet Arizona’s Education and Outreach programs, which reach almost 35,000 people in central Arizona each year. Low-income, disabled and foster-care students have benefited particularly from Marley Foundation-funded programming, including Ballet Under the Stars, Angel Nights and Student Matinees.
Ballet Arizona thanks the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation for planting the seeds that grew into the vibrant, thriving organization we are today.
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Ballet Arizona is thrilled to announce that Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust recently granted $980,000 to its Next Step Capital Campaign. The Virginia G. Piper Administrative Wing now joins other named spaces at the Center for Dance, including the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Box Office and the Sharron Lewis Artistic Wing.
“We are grateful to Piper Trust for this transformational gift, which is one of the five largest contributions made to our $13 million campaign,”said Campaign Co-Chair Jacquie Dorrance. “With it, we complete funding for construction of our fantastic new Center for Dance. Because of Piper Trust, we can now focus on securing contributions to build a cash reserve for the future”
Piper Trust, which honors the legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper, supports organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County. Since the Trust began awarding grants in 2000, it has invested more than $328 million in local nonprofits and programs.
Dr. Susan M. Pepin, Piper Trust President and CEO said, “We are pleased to recognize the key role that Ballet Arizona plays in the cultural life of our community. The new Center for Dance makes it possible to reach even more people with opportunities to enjoy ballet performances, dance training and arts education.”
Piper Trust works side-by-side with nonprofit organizations as a partner, helping them to identify problems, build expertise, find solutions and become continually stronger and more effective.
“This investment by Piper Trust recognizes the hard work done by many people at Ballet Arizona since 1986,” said Campaign Co-Chair Carol Schilling. “Our donors, board, other volunteers, audience members, dancers, production crew, faculty, musicians and administrative staff have made Ballet Arizona the vibrant organization that Piper Trust honors today.”