Longtime Cincinnati Ballet patrons and supporters Margaret & Michael Valentine have committed the largest one-time gift in Cincinnati Ballet history to name and memorialize the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret & Michael Valentine Center for Dance.
The Valentines are no strangers to partnering with Cincinnati Ballet on uniquely significant projects. They have a maker’s spirit which lead them to fund world-premiere full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, King Arthur’s Camelot, and a recent co-production with Ballet West of choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s Carmina Burana. The Valentines recognize creating world-premiere dance works is not only important for Cincinnati Ballet organizationally, but helps drive the artform forward locally, nationally, and globally. Their deep commitment to the artistic integrity of Cincinnati Ballet productions helps ensure dance remains relevant, accessible, and impactful to contemporary audiences in the region and beyond.
In addition to their support of world-premiere ballets, the Valentines have established a Cincinnati Ballet touring endowment, as well as financial support of Cincinnati Ballet’s Live Music Fund for professional productions. In 2018, the couple sponsored the 50th Anniversary season of long-serving Cincinnati Ballet Music Director Carmon DeLeone.
Both graduates of the University of Cincinnati, Margaret and Michael Valentine founded Valentine Research Inc., a privately held company that designs, manufactures, and sells electronic devices directly to consumers. Margaret sits as an active member of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees. Both Margaret and Michael are former trustees of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and current members of the Herschede Society of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. Both Margaret and Michael also received the designation as “Circle of Excellence Benefactor” recognizing significant donors, the Distinguished Service Award given by the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, the Order of the Black Blazer from Athletics, the President’s Award for Excellence from the University of Cincinnati, and the Chairman’s Award from the University of Cincinnati Foundation. Michael Valentine also received the Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. A former foreign language teacher, Margaret Valentine has been honored individually for her deep commitment to education in the Cincinnati region, including numerous honors from the University of Cincinnati, among them: the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumna award, the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Distinguished Alumna Award, and the Trustees’ Award from the University of Cincinnati Foundation. Margaret has been involved in many philanthropic activities including Cincinnati Preservation Association, Ohio Valley Scottish Society, the Founders Society of the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as mentoring and tutoring youth in the Cincinnati Public Schools. She is also is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA.