Fund-raising dinner with Ed O’Neill set for May 17

Ed O'Neill

Ed O’Neill

Youngstown native and television star Ed O’Neill is the featured guest at a fund-raising dinner Friday, May 17, on the campus of Youngstown State University. Seating is limited for the event that provides the opportunity to meet O’Neill in a small setting.

“An Evening with Ed O’Neill” will raise funds for the YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts and University Theater, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are $250. Other sponsorship levels are also available. For tickets and more information, contact Catherine Cala in the Office of University Development at 330-941-2752 or

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the McDonough Museum of Art at YSU, and dinner will follow next door at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Bliss Hall. There will then be a special performance in Spotlight Theater in Bliss Hall at 8:15 p.m.

O’Neill will be the featured speaker and receive an honorary degree at YSU’s spring undergraduate commencement 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Beeghly Center on campus. Tickets are required to attend commencement. Tickets are only available to graduates and their families and not the general public.

O’Neill, who attended YSU and performed in productions of the YSU theater department, is the star of the hit TV show Modern Family. He previously played the role of Al Bundy on the sitcom Married…with Children. Other television credits include roles in Dragnet, Miami Vice, The West Wing, Big Apple and John from Cincinnati. His starring role as the patriarch on Modern Family garnered him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He received nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also has appeared in numerous movies, including The Bone Collector, Little Giants, Dutch and the Wayne’s World series, and performed on Broadway in Knockout, Lakeboat and Keep Your Pantheon.