Opera Ball 2019

Save the Date-Opera Ball-April 27, 2019

Chair Lois Sutherland and her committee are planning a luxurious and beautiful evening called Springtime on the Greens at Dayton Country Club on Saturday, April 27. The setting and view of lush green fairways and budding trees from Dayton Country Club’s banquet rooms will be stunning as guests arrive beginning at 6:30. Sip a fine wine or cocktail as you browse the enticing array of silent auction items. Nibble a little from the bountiful table of hors d’oeuvres. However save room for your feast of either beef tenderloin, baked salmon or a vegetarian plate.

The Bob Gray Orchestra will be returning with all of his fabulous tunes and vocals. His music lures guests easily to the dance floor for both lively and romantic selections.

Items are currently being gathered for the silent and live auctions. Each year these auctions contain a vast array of tempting choices and this year should be no exception.

Invitations will be going in the mail soon. Patron Level is $175 per person. Silver Patrons are $225 and Gold Patrons are $250. Our registration site will be available shortly. Please check back in a day or so. If you need further information about reservations before then, please call Laura Fike at 937/305-5886.

OPERA BALL 2018 Singin’ in the Rain

What a night–Saturday, April 28! Chair Kathie Thornburg led the planning for Singin’ in the Rain at the new downtown location of the Dayton Metro Main Library. The Bob Gray Orchestra played unbeatable dance sounds. Elite Catering created the culinary feast for the event. There were many beautiful memories for all those who attended.

A full set of pictures is now available at https://ashleymaurophotography.pixieset.com/guestlogin/operaguild/?return=/operaguild/.  The password is OG2018. You may use the pin 3217 for downloading. Enjoy!

Bob Gray Orchestra

Among the highlights of the evening were the arias sung by former Artist-in-Residence of Dayton Opera, Michael Anderson. He explained the importance of this stage in a singer’s career as they transition from college student to full professional.

Michael Anderson

 Celebration of Life

At Opera Ball this year the Guild toasted a celebration of life to three key longtime members and supporters of the Guild. Each of them passed away in the past year. They are all deeply missed.

Bruce Kline  Bill Lockwood Steve Wargo

Bruce Kline                                               Bill Lockwood                                    Steve Wargo

Sponsors

Arthur Murray

Barbara Haller, owner of Arthur Murray Dance Center in Miamisburg, and Bob & Diane Johnson have committed to being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Opera Ball. The Guild is thrilled to partner with her studio and the Johnsons. They have been generous supporters for many years and the Guild is very grateful.

Roger Glass, owner of Marion’s Piazza, stepped up to become the first sponsor for this exciting event. Thank you, Roger.

GE Aviation Opera Ball

For the second year, GE Aviation has become a major sponsor of Opera Ball. They have committed to support Singin’ in the Rain at the Gold Level. The Guild is truly grateful to GE Aviation.

Sebaly Shillito + Dyer law firm and SS+D Financial, Inc. investment advisors, along with Diana and Jon Sebaly, have joined to become a Gold Level sponsor. The Guild loves when such a great team comes together to provide this kind of support.

Other sponsors are Heidelberg Distributors, Lee Monnin, Ingrid Brown & Troy Tyner, Bill & Toni Winger, James Free Jewelers, Schuerholz Printing and Terry Welker. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We welcome others to join in to support the many educational programs of the Opera Guild of Dayton and our support of Dayton Opera. Click here to read more about the work that the Guild performs.

Click here for information at the Silver Level ($1,000)

Click here for information at the Gold Level ($2,500)

Click here for information at the Presenting Sponsor Level ($5,000)

OPERA BALL 2017

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.

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.