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Donor Spotlight: Remembering John & Oonagh Boppart

Ballet Arizona is immensely grateful to honor the legacy of John and Oonagh Boppart and their philanthropic impact on the arts and culture landscape of Arizona.

John and Oonagh were life-long learners; their curiosity and diverse interests led them to travel extensively and interact with different cultures, music and art. Their combined passion for arts, culture, education and the sciences inspired them to support numerous organizations throughout the state. In both leadership and philanthropic support, their impact can be felt throughout the Valley.

As Prima Circle members since 2002, they have been instrumental in bringing Ballet Arizona to where we stand today. Oonagh especially made a lasting impact, not only serving on our Board of Directors, but being the central figure to bring leaders from nonprofit organizations across Arizona to connect and collaborate for over 20 years.

“We believe that the community needs diverse arts and culture to be truly successful. Ballet Arizona has grown to become one of the top ballet institutions in America. It has been a great experience witnessing the development.” – Oonagh Boppart

In recognition of their more than two decades of support and investment in Ballet Arizona’s future, we are honored to dedicate the entire run of Ib Andersen’s The Four Seasons at the Desert Botanical Garden to their legacy.

To learn more about our Legacy for Dance Society and how you can ensure Ballet Arizona thrives for future generations, please contact Steven Henderson at 602.343.6520 or

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