Opera Ball 2017 UD River Campus Garden Bob and Cynthia Gray at Opera Ball

April 29 was truly a magical evening as the Opera Guild hosted its guests for a sparkling evening of fine dining and dancing from 6 to 11 p.m. The new venue at the University of Dayton River Campus was spectacular with a pleasant evening outside on the terrace. The Bob Gray Orchestra played fast and romantic favorite dance tunes.  Vic Bonneau, president Electrical Power Integrated Systems business for GE Aviation, and his wife Karen led off the dancing as Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence tenor Brian Skoog sang about the Starry, Starry Night. Click here to see this memorable moment.

Another highlight was the high energy exhibition dance by six instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Miamisburg. Click here to take a look.

The Guild is so grateful to the sponsors who supported the Ball. Presenting sponsor was GE Aviation with Co-sponsor the University of Dayton. Gold Sponsor was Marions Piazza. Underwriting was provided by Heidelberg Distributing, Andi Rabiner, Mike Houser, Lee Monnin and David Criner & Diane Morgan of the Pillar Advisory Group of Raymond James.  Significant Donations have been given by Bob and Diane Johnson,  Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, as well as Bill and Jackie Lockwood. Thanks to all.

Additional photos are available by clicking here.


Live Auction

Opera Guild chose some fabulous vacations for our Live Auction. They are all spectacular. Guests bought trips to Australia, Ireland, Nashville and Italy.

Sydney, Australia

Explore Sydney Australia


Country Music’s Biggest Awards Night


Cortona, Italy



Jaffe Jewelers has kindly provided these extraordinary gems for a very special raffle. The pendant was won by Frances Bankston while the ring went to Judy Hudson.


The whole evening supports the many educational programs of the Guild and the Dayton Opera itself. Thanks to everyone who help make the evening unforgettable.