Giving to Eastern Connecticut Ballet

Make a gift to Eastern Connecticut Ballet today so we can give the gift of dance all year long.

Do you believe that...

  • - young people thrive by learning new skills and challenging themselves?
  • - the arts bring people together and make our community a better place?
  • - school children and low-income families should enjoy performances at no cost?

If you love ballet as much as we do and believe in these goals, please become A FRIEND TO THE BALLET.  You can do this by donating to the Annual Fund or becoming a Nutcracker Sponsor.

The Annual Fund

Our Annual Fund donors share the spotlight for all of ECB's programs and achievements year-round.  They help us meet expenses from studio to stage, ensuring that our 300 students have the most distinguished faculty and the best facilities to help them reach their full potential as dancers.  Dozens of talented students with financial need benefit from full or partial scholarships from ECB.

ECB Nutcracker Kids Family Shows




Nutcracker Sponsorship

Many of our donors like the option of designating exactly where their gift will go.  Becoming a sponsor of our annual performances of THE NUTCRACKER will give you the opportunity to support our most popular program in one of three ways:

  1. Presenting two free matinee performances for 2,700 local school children
  2. Distrubuting up to 500 tickets to low income families through 20 local social service agencies, or
  3. Helping ECB to meet all expenses of a beloved tradition, from hiring guest artists to renting the theater.

Benefits include everything from free tickets to advertising in the program book and other recognition, corresponding to the level of your tax-deductible donation.

We appreciate the support of our Nutcracker sponsors and Annual Fund donors.

Nutcracker Corporate Foundations, Grants, and Sponsors

Whaling Agent  $10,000+

*Dept. of Economic & Community Development

Captain  $5,000-$9,999

Atlantic Broadband

The Day

The Kitchings Family Foundation

The Community Foundation of

Eastern Connecticut

First Mate  $3,000-$4,999

The Reardon Law Firm

Second Mate   $2,500-$2,999

Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

Hoffman Auto Group

Third Mate   $1,500-$2,499

Chelsea Groton Foundation

The Bulletin

The Canning Bergendahl Group

Danaher Lagnese, PC

Essex Family Dentistry

The George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation

Henry Hall Charitable Trust

Fluoropolymer Resources, Inc.

The Wickersham Fund


Navigator  $1,000-$1,499

WNLC 98.7 & 100.9 K-HITS

Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation

Dime Bank Foundation

John & Kelly Hartman Foundation

Lawrence & Memorial Hospital

The Reardon Agency, Inc.

Waterford Group Charitable Foundation

Harpooner Mate   $500-$999

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union

Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Cherry, Jr.

Essex Dermatology

Famiglietti Eye Associates LLC

Flander’s Donut & Bake Shop

Catherine Kirk & James McWilliams

MJ Sullivan Automotive Corner

People’s United Bank

Webster Bank

Steward   $250-$499

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

Gales Ferry Pediatrics

John & Diane Wolff

TriTown Foods

Trumpf, Inc.

Cooper   $150-$249

Atty. Jay B. Levin

George S. Ouellette, MD

Shoreline Periodontics

Paul Burdick Oil Co.

The Plant Group

Ms. Robyn Wolman

Cabin Boy   $1-$149 

Advanced Family Dentistry of OL

A.S.P. Security Systems

Guy’s Oil Inc.

Flander’s Pediatrics

Kathy & David DeAntonis

Pennywise Oil Company, Inc.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Yankee Remodeler

In Kind Donation of Services

Blum, Shapiro & Company - Accounting Services

The Reardon Law Firm – Legal Services

Beers Septic Tank Service

*with support from the Dept. of Economic and Community Dev., CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Annual Fund Donors

Golden Benefactor   $10,000 & above


Founder’s Circle   $5,000-$9,999

Atty. Robert & Lise Reardon

The Griffis Foundation

Ballet Benefactors   $1,500-$4,999

The Hausberger Family

Kazuko Sagawa

Christine Seymour

Ballet Patrons   $500-$1,499

Todd Archer

Kim Dreier

Gale Franklin

Pam Johnson

Dr. Melissa Monte

Atty. Kelly Reardon & Craig Smith

Alyson Spedding

Janet Tworzyanski

Carrie Whitney-Pickett

Dance Sponsor   $250-$499

The Krishnaswami Family

Vincent & Maria Mascitti

Melissa Turtoro

Marilyn & Michael Shay

Friends & Family   $1-$249

Chris & Amy Brady

Heather Brustolon

Michael & Linda Brustolon

Judy & Paul Burdick

James & Lisa Cantey

Catherine, John & Sophie Christiano

Gwen Cooper

Friends and Family

Richard & Heather Cooper

David & Kathryn DeAntonis

Fred & Joan DeAntonis

Deb Moshier-Dunn

Mildred Ebbin

Helen & Michael Firriolo

Annette Gumbs

Matthew & Candice LaConti

Carolyn Lally

Armand Lambert

Nelcie Laurent

Jay Levin

Fulvia & Armen Marsoobian

Marci Martindale

Ken & Carol Meade

Richard & Lisa Mooers

Bo Parish

The Patz Family

Nina Papathanasopoulou &

Tobias Myers

Sue Ellen Perry

Dr. Romana & Mr. Charles Primus

Anne Santoro

Isabelle Singer

Dudley & Liliane Smith

Atty. Kevin & Dr. Colleen Shay

Marie Simon

Andre Tourgee

John Tucci

James Spallone & Alix Walmsley

Dr. Ginny Mahr-Wiese

John Wolff & Diane Laurent Wolff