Toledo Ballet and Symphony at 10th annual Luminations gala

Posted Mar 26th, 2010 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Education,


featuring a silent auction, live music and former Miss America Susan Powell

On Saturday, April 24, business leaders and members of the community will gather for the 10th annual Luminations scholarship fundraising gala at Lourdes College. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Guillard will serve as Honorary Chairs for the event, which takes place in the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. Brian Terrell, a sophomore majoring in Social Work will serve as the student speaker for the evening.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests will have a wonderful opportunity to support Lourdes College students, network and partake in a sampling of Toledo’s Fine Arts. The evening begins with cocktails, grazing stations and a unique silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music from the Maxx Band will welcome guests as they arrive. The evening concludes with a delicious array of desserts, coffee and after dinner drinks from 9 to 11 p.m.

The entertainment program starts at 8 p.m. and features performances by the Toledo Ballet, the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Symphony and former Miss America Susan Powell. The Toledo Ballet will perform a piece choreographed by Michael Lang and set to the music of the Irish-Norwegian duo The Secret Garden. The Toledo Opera will entertain guests with a performance from The Magic Flute and the Toledo Symphony will perform music by George Gershwin.

Since her reign as Miss America in 1981, Susan Powell has performed to audiences in renowned theatres, opera houses and concert stages. On stage, audiences have seen Susan play Johanna in Harold Prince’s production of Sweeney Todd at the New York City Opera and as Micaela in Carmen. Susan has starred in more than a dozen theatrical works with the Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, The Ogunquit Playhouse and the St. Louis Muny. Some of her most recent performances include the roles of Guenevere in Camelot opposite Charles Shaughnessy, Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly starring Michelle Lee at the Kansas City Starlight and Sally in Follies with the Key West Symphony in Key West, Florida.

Susan also joined forces with two other former Miss America representatives as part of Operation Iraqi Children with Tony Orlando and Co. performing for soldiers on the United States army base in Baghdad and distributing school supplies to Iraqi children. She later was privileged to travel to Afghanistan along with 5 other Miss Americas to visit troops serving on a variety of United States army bases there. In addition, Susan hosted the Discovery Channel’s one-hour television series “Home Matters” for 12 seasons.

Since its inception in 2001, Luminations has raised nearly $1 million for Lourdes students. This year, Platinum sponsors HCR Manor Care and Northwestern Mutual Finance Network join more than two dozen other sponsors in support of Luminations and student scholarships at Lourdes College.

Tickets for the black-tie event are $125 per person. To purchase tickets contact Kelly Dilworth, Assistant Director of Development, at 419-824-3751 or email For more information visit

Lourdes College is a private, four-year educational institution of professional studies and arts and sciences providing a values-centered education in a caring and supportive community. More than 2,300 students are enrolled in programs such as Business, Education, Environmental Science, Nursing, Social Work, Criminal Justice and the Arts & Sciences. In addition to undergraduate and pre-professional programs, Lourdes offers Master degrees in Education, Nursing, Organizational Leadership and Theology through its Graduate School. Lourdes’ Community Outreach Programs include the Appold Planetarium, Lifelong Learning Program, the Life Lab and Theater Vision. Discover us online at or by phone at 419-885-3211. Lourdes College is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

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