Annual Fund

For more than 20 years, our school has transformed the lives of thousands of students; it is fitting that our story began with a transformation as well.

In 1992, we opened Eastern Connecticut Ballet in what was once a thriving garden center, set among the flowering apple orchards of East Lyme. With hard work, we nurtured our newly formed school and encouraged our budding young artists to grow and excel as dancers.

As the seasons passed, we established deep roots in the surrounding community and strong partnerships with other arts organizations, schools, social service agencies and civic groups. Today our curriculum attracts students from across the state, and teachers from around the world.

Like a garden, our organization requires effort, dedication and continued support to ensure its future vitality. When you support the ECB’s Annual Fund and contribute to our scholarship program, you are helping a young dancer’s dreams come true. You also are extending an invitation to thousands of school children who will have the transformative experience of attending a live performance of a classic ballet or a program in their school.

Your generosity will ensure that ECB can continue to cultivate programs for everyone here in Eastern Connecticut. A thriving Annual Fund will support existing programs and serve as seed money to nurture innovative new programs as well.

Our children are our future; as the next generation, they will determine what the world will look like. At ECB, we are committed to our founding mission: cultivating dancers whose artistry will inspire and transform others for many seasons to come.


Photo Credit: Mariah Gravelin


How To Help

Friends of Eastern Connecticut Ballet support scholarship programs, performances, faculty development, and facility enhancement. They also enable our teachers to provide the best possible classical dance education.

  • Friends of the Ballet receive recognition in our programs.
  • Family Friends also receive priority seating.
  • Associate Members receive the above plus an invitation to the Saturday evening reception during intermission.
  • Dance Sponsors receive the above plus 2 complimentary tickets to one performance of The Nutcracker.
  • Ballet Patrons receive the above plus 10% discount at The Nutcracker ballet boutique.
  • Box Seat Holders receive the above plus a total of 4 tickets to one performance of The Nutcracker.
  • Ballet Benefactors receive the above plus a total of 6 tickets to one performance of The Nutcracker
  • Founders receive the above plus 4 tickets to ECB’s Spring Showcase.
  • Golden Benefactors receive the above plus a total of 8 tickets to one Nutcracker
  • performance and 6 free tickets to ECB’s Spring Showcase.

Here’s how you can join us.

Members may join at the following levels:
Friend of the Ballet $1- $99
Family Friends $100- $249
Associate Member $250- $499
Dance Sponsor $500- $999
Ballet Patrons $1,000- $1,499
Box Seat Holders $1,500- $2,999
Ballet Benefactors $3,000- $4,999
Founder’s Circle $5,000 -$9,999
Golden Benefactor $10,000 & above

Donations may be sent to:

Eastern Connecticut Ballet
435 Boston Post Road
East Lyme, CT 06333

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our loyal and dedicated donors.

2015-2016 Members

Golden Benefactor – $10,000 & above

Founder’s Circle – $5,000-$9,999

Atty. Robert & Lise Reardon

Ballet Benefactors – $3,000-$4,999

Julie Lyman

Box Seat Holders – $1,500-$2,999

Angela Haggerty
Steven & Gina Mazzola
Christine Seymour

Ballet Patrons – $1,000-$1,499

The Hausbergers
Jing Liu
The Thoms Family
Janet Tworzyanski

Dance Sponsor – $500-$999

Daniel & Christy Blackwood
Heather Couch
Charles & Tammy Hinckley
Kim Rick
Tong Zhu

Associate Member – $250-$499

Christina Jessuck
Peter & Kathleen Murgio
Atty. Kelly Reardon
Donald & Nancy Ross
Vaishali Sahasrabudhe
Len & Robyn Wolman

Family Friends – $100-$249

Chris & Amy Brady
Michael & Linda Brustolon
Judy & Paul Burdick
James & Lisa Cantey
Joanne & Bill Carter
Kazuko Sagawa & Andrew Casteel
Children’s Tree Montessori School
Deborah Moshier-Dunn
Elizabeth Eddy
Barry & Cecile Feldman
The Krishnaswami Family
Carolyn Lally
Jay Levin
Fulvia & Armen Marsoobian
Sue Ellen Perry
Alexandra & Grant Place
Kristen Roberts
Annmarie Russell
Dudley & Liliane Smith
The Vescovi Family
Lisa & David Wurzer

Friends of the Ballet – $1-$99

Dale Bernardoni
Catherine & John Christiano
Sophie Christiano
David & Kathryn DeAntonis
Karen Doherty
Karen Doyle
Michele Drexler
Jill Flanigan
Sharon Flanigan
Laura & Ian Frommer
Robert & Denise Garofalo
Armand Lambert
Paula MacDougall
Charlotte Mattei
Richard & Lisa Mooers
Barbara Nagy
Candy & Olaf Ogland
Bo Parish
Jon Godshall & Suzanne Podurgiel
Kevin & Colleen Shay
Marie Simon
Jonathan & Cynthia Stadler
John & Elizabeth Read
Andre Tourgee
John Williams

These Lists of Friends and Sponsors reflect all contributions made before November 21, 2015. All gifts received after this date will be gratefully acknowledged in future publications.