GFOA Social Events

Meet and Mingle Welcome Reception - America’s Center Convention Complex

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Help GFOA kick off the start to our 112th Annual Conference by joining us for a welcome reception! Enjoy beverages and appetizers in the convention center as you mingle with friends and colleagues and make some new acquaintances along the way. The exhibit hall will be open during this time, so take advantage of this opportunity to stroll the hall.

This informal reception will finish early enough to allow maximum flexibility for dinner plans or an evening to explore St. Louis. See you there!

Complimentary to all registered attendees and guests 


Night at the Peabody - Peabody Opera House

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

1400 Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103 

Ticketed event, which includes live entertainment, beverages, and dessert 

Join us in the beautifully restored Peabody Opera House for a night not to be missed! 

What better way to top off your conference stay than with great friends and entertainment—buy your tickets today! 

You must have a conference badge to purchase a ticket to this event. Ticket price includes entertainment, beverages, and dessert. Courtesy roundtrip shuttle service will be provided for GFOA attendees to the Peabody Opera House beginning at 7:00 pm. 

Tickets are available on site in St. Louis at the registration desk in Hall 1.

  • Adults: $30
  • Children and young adults under 21: $15
  • Children under 5: complimentary

Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo, four-time Grammy winners, married 36 years, musical partners for 39 years…..

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo met each other in 1979 for the first time, in a small rehearsal room at SIR studios in New York City. The rest as they say, “is history.” Pat Benatar’s staggering vocal range and Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer, songwriter and arranger, together forge the undeniable chemistry and unprecedented sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits, including “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Live for Love,” “We Belong,” and the signature, “Promises in The Dark.” Together they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won an unprecedented four consecutive Grammy awards.

In 1982, Benatar and Giraldo were married and have two grown daughters. Their rock and roll love affair has endured for more than three and a half decades. Pat and Neil continue to tour, selling out concerts and wowing audiences everywhere. Theirs is a chemistry that will undoubtedly be thrilling music fans forever.