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BMO Harris Will Back Ballet

The ballet's new corporate sponsor makes its first major gift to Milwaukee since buying out M&I Bank.

By - Aug 29th, 2013 10:32 am

In its first major corporate benefaction since it took over the M&I Bank, BMO Harris announced on Wednesday  that it would provide major sponsorship of the Milwaukee Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” a longtime staple of the Milwaukee holiday cultural scene. The announcement was made at Red Arrow Park, across the street from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, where the 43rd annual season of the ballet will take place December 14th – 27th, 2013.

It takes about 250 people on stage and behind the scenes to put on the Nutcracker, said ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, now in his 10th season at the helm of the company that was founded in 1970. These include 130 students from the ballet’s school, 45 dancers, a live orchestra and a children’s chorus.

At the event, organized by Mueller Communications, boss H. Carl Mueller chatted with Pink and Kara Kaiser, the regional president of BMO Harris Bank who made the announcement. Several dozen other folks strolled through the space while young students dressed in costume handed out candy canes (“it’s not too early to think about snow,” Pink said) and 2-for-1 vouchers for the ballet. The ballet also offers a buy-one-get-one-half-off promotion from September 9th-11th.

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3 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: BMO Harris Will Back Ballet”

  1. Bruce Johnson says:

    The photo gallery associated with the article was at best confusing. It included no photos of Milwaukee Ballet Director Michael Pink nor BMO Harris Bank Regional President Kara Kaiser, but did include 2 photos captioned with the name of some fellow, Dennis Buehler, who was not even mentioned in the article. Very odd!

  2. Jeramey Jannene says:

    Bruce – That fault lies with my photo editing, not the author. I mistakenly labeled the wrong person in the photo. There are two photos of Michael Pink. There are unfortunately no photos of Kara Kaiser, due to lighting and the angle they regrettably come out blurry. Thank you for reading.

  3. Andy says:

    Hey this is great. I appreciate corporations that give back to the community.

    Michael, why do you state that this is BMO Harri’s “first major corporate benefaction” since taking over M&I? Right off the bat they built a new summer fest stage and donated to the Bradley Center for upgrades there… and I’ve noticed many other sponsorships since.

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