Ballet Arizona receives $2M donation for Barmeier estate
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The legacy of Dr. Amy Barmeier Dru lives on at Ballet Arizona.
The Valley’s only professional ballet company is honored to have received a gift of $2 million from the Estate of Amy Barmeier Dru, representatives there tell the Arizona Digital Free Press.
This bequest will grow Ballet Arizona’s endowment by more than 30 percent, according to a press release.
The endowment funds both long-term and immediate mission-based programs such as the creation of new works, live music accompaniment, expansion of educational services, and community engagement initiatives.
Dr. Dru’s gift will have an immediate impact on the organization by supporting the world premiere production of Moving Movies next month.
Dr. Amy Barmeier Dru passed away on Dec. 3, 2021, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. She was born on April 25, 1951 and was raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She obtained a doctorate degree in psychology from Western Michigan University.
Ms. Barameier-Dru moved to Arizona shortly after marrying her husband, where she spent her time managing commercial real estate properties and raising her two sons.
One of her many passions in life was tap dancing. She took classes at her local community college and would practice on the wood floor because the sound was excellent. While she also enjoyed horseback riding and fly fishing, dance always held a special place in her heart.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are humbled to receive this incredible gift from an even more incredible individual,” said Ballet Arizona’s Executive Director Jami Kozemczak.
“Amy was an extraordinary and tenacious individual with a generous and courageous heart. This is a transformational gift to our organization and I am reminded of her often, as we put forward visionary plans aimed for the stars. We have a bright future ahead thanks to people like her. Our gratitude for Amy and her forward-thinking generosity is beyond compare.”
Dr. Christopher Dur echoes a similar sentiment of his mother.
“Mom always said she wanted to come back as a ballet dancer in her next life,” he said. “I hope this donation helps to make her dream a reality for young men and women in the Valley. Mom will be watching all your performances. Please make her proud.”