San Francisco Opera Guild Announces to Present ‘An Evening on the Stage’

By Francisco Salazar

San Francisco Opera Guild is set to present “An Evening on the Stage” gala dinner on Nov. 28 at the War Memorial Opera House. The event will honor Karen J. Kubin and Mary and Bill Poland.

The honorees will receive The Crescendo Award, bestowed by the Guild upon individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary support to the Guild and San Francisco Opera.

The black-tie benefit presented by the San Francisco Opera Guild offers over 250 guests the opportunity to dine on the historic War Memorial Opera House stage.

Kubin has served as president of San Francisco Opera Guild from 2012 to 2014 and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association, where she also serves on the Association’s Executive Committee and as its secretary.

Meanwhile, Mary Poland has served on the San Francisco Opera Guild Board since 1983, and she held the position of president from 2018 to 2020. Bill Poland graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and served as president of his senior class and president of Sigma Nu. He received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked at The Rouse Company, Coldwell Banker and Cabot, Cabot & Forbes before founding the Bay West Group in 1979.