Emeritus Trustee Rhonda Sheakley and her husband Larry A. Sheakley have been involved with Cincinnati Ballet as volunteer leaders and major contributors for many years. Rhonda has chaired numerous initiatives for Cincinnati Ballet, many involve signature performances and events. A few noteworthy projects include the campaign to build The NEW Nutcracker, which premiered in 2011, Cincinnati Ballet’s 50th Anniversary and efforts to raise funds for the world premiere of King Arthur’s Camelot, as well as the launch of Cincinnati Ballet’s signature holiday event, The Nutcracker Luncheon, which annually boasts more than 600 attendees. In 2016, Rhonda and Larry Sheakley further deepened their relationship with Cincinnati Ballet when they became presenting sponsors of the season.
We are honored that Rhonda now serves as co-chair of Move With Us. A Campaign for Cincinnati Ballet’s new Home. As a permanent commemoration of the Sheakley family’s generosity, the largest Company studio will be named the Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley Premier Studio. With iconic views of downtown Cincinnati, the impressive studio will offer ample space for main Company rehearsals and seating for up to 125 guests to view educational demonstrations and Otto M. Budig Academy presentations. The studio will include performance and technology enhancements such special lighting and sound capabilities.
Rhonda considers herself a professional volunteer and in addition to her service as a past president of Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trustees and now active Emeritus Trustee, her volunteer achievements include the Sheakley Boys and Girls Club, Lighthouse Youth Services, The Children’s Home, and the Jewish National Fund. Most recently, she was named one of Cincinnati Enquirer’s Women of the Year. Both Rhonda and Larry Sheakley have demonstrated a dedication to the needs of the Cincinnati community for many years. In the past, they have been honored with the Philanthropist of the Year Award and The Heart of the City Award, given by the American Heart Association for philanthropic contributions to the City of Cincinnati, as well as the Jewish National Fund’s Tree of Life Award, a humanitarian recognition for outstanding community involvement. In 2018, Larry he was awarded The Carl H. Lindner Award for Entrepreneurial and Civic Spirit. Larry Sheakley is known as an entrepreneur. In the last 50 years, as owner and Chief Executive of the Sheakley Group, he has owned and operated a myriad of national and international businesses. Larry Sheakley is also chief executive of Lyonshare Investments, with interests in various entities including FC Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Reds. He is a former chairman and president of the board of the Cincinnati Art Museum and major donor and friend of the University of Cincinnati.