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The Kruidenier Society is Des Moines Performing Arts’ legacy giving program named after the prominent Des Moines philanthropist, David Kruidenier. The Kruidenier Society recognizes those donors who have the intention of bequeathing a portion of their estate to Des Moines Performing Arts now or later. To join this prestigious group of loyal, committed and generous individuals, simply let us know that you have the vehicle in place to do so, with an intended gift of $50,000 or greater. 

 The Kruidenier Society donors will receive the following recognition in gratitude for their commitment:

  • Special prominent recognition in playbills and donor recognition pieces
  • Lifetime access to the Patron Circle Lounge for each Kruidenier Society member and guests ticketed under their account
  • Lifetime complimentary donor concierge ticketing services
  • Lifetime priority access to tickets when available



David Kruidenier



David Kruidenier had a vision in the mid-1970s. He recognized that Des Moines deserved a proper home for the performing arts and envisioned a space where theater was accessible and equitable. David’s vision has become Des Moines Performing Arts’ legacy and this passion is now our collective responsibility over forty years later: to preserve and protect the performing arts for the next generation.



These individuals’ generous support ensures that future generations have the same access to performing arts and arts education as we are able to provide today. Thank you for being a part of Des Moines Performing Arts’ legacy.

Stuart & Kelly Anderson
Anonymous (3)
Jennie Balcom & Mark Glowacki
Charles & Janet Betts
Gary & Amy Busack
David & Barbara Chase
Jeff Chelesvig
Gregory & Sharon Chlebicki
Rebecca Ann Cox
Dr. Richard Deming
Jeff Freude & Laurie Wolf
Dr. Joel A. & Shayla S. From
Joesph & Amber Goedken
Tom & Cathy Grady
Gregg D. Gustafson & Peg Armstrong-Gustafson
Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
Vickie Jaksich
Teresa Keefe O’Meara
William Knapp
Mark Konrad & Sonia Parras

James* & Gail Krambeck
Lisa Kruidenier
Robert & Nancy Landess
Stephanie McAdam
Gwendolyn & Greta Faye Mix*
James & Frankee Oleson
Jill & Mark Oman
Claudia Peyton Ewald & Dave Ewald
David* & Jean Ranney
Pamela S. Ray
Ron & Clarice Rubek
Kent Simmer
Rachel Stauffer & Jim Lawson
Marlene & Doug Sullivan
Margaret Swanson*
Tony Voss
Dale & Eneken* Wakelin
Melvin & Kathryn Weatherwax
Douglas & Deborah West
Jim & Ann Willer

Donor List Updated May 13, 2024

Des Moines Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. To discuss your legacy intentions and to learn more about the Kruidenier Society, please contact Development Manager, Emily Kruse at 515.246.2343 or



“We have included Des Moines Performing Arts in our estate planning because the organization is like family to us. Both of us have loved the arts for a lifetime and our first date was at the Civic Center to see 4 Girls 4. That sparked a relationship and marriage of 40 years. We have introduced family and friends to the experience of live theater over those years and have been donors and season ticket holders for decades. The theater has educated us, entertained us, fostered relationships, and enhanced the community we live in. We want to continue that life changing and joyful experience for performers and audiences for generations to come. It is a privilege to support the Des Moines Performing Arts in their mission for future generations.”

- Gregg Gustafson & Peg Armstrong-Gustafson

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