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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Secures Keynote Speaker for 17th Annual Economic Summit

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 17th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be the CFO of Topgolf Entertainment Group  – William Davenport. Bringing years of business experience and dedication to his career and the business community, William will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and the growth of Topgolf Entertainment Group. Combining the East Dallas community’s dedication to education, growth, the work force and development, this year’s Economic Summit will center around the theme “Fun in East Dallas 2021.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and featured speaker, Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News, on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.  CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Atmos Energy is a Platinum Sponsor, and Advocate, Oncor, and Comerica Bank and are confirmed as a Gold Sponsor.   

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Veritex Community Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Dallas Academy as a Bronze Sponsor

 

Doors open at 7:30am, and the program begins promptly at 8:00am. The morning will include a seated breakfast, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network with East Dallas professionals.

The 2021 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

Sponsorship Levels range from $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000. Host Tables are $500.  

To secure sponsorships online, visit http://www.eastdallaschamber.com, call 214-649-1773, or e-mail president@eastdallaschamber.com

Advance sales of individual tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling 214-649-1773. Checks should be mailed to GEDCC at 9543 Losa Drive, Suite 118 – Dallas, TX 75218.  

For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-649-1773 or visit Economic Summit

 

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is to promote the cultural, educational and industrial interests of the East Dallas Area so that its businesses, neighborhoods and citizens shall prosper.

 

The multifaceted approach of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce provides benefits to our members in a variety of different arenas. We offer a number of forums for the promotion of all of our member businesses. We are also proud to provide our members with relevant information regarding the East Dallas community, as well as insight into local, state and national government issues. The events that provide a conduit for these benefits, and others, include our monthly luncheons that highlight a variety of topics addressed by featured keynote speakers. We also present an annual Economic Summit - essentially a "state of the union" with respect to the Dallas Economy. Member businesses and guests are encouraged to gather and exchange information through our numerous networking events, especially our Business After Hours excursions, which are hosted by a spotlighted member business. Sponsorship opportunities abound for these events, as well as for many of our other Chamber gatherings. For more information, please contact the Chamber directly.

 

2020 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown – Executive Staff

 

Michael Alcantar, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Rounds, Elizabeth Rucki, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber 

The 2021 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vic Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh

 

For more information about GEDCC, visit http://eastdallaschamber.com or contact 214-649-1773

or president@eastdallaschamber.com

 

GEDCC Blog / News:       http://www.eastdallaschamber.com/chamber-blog

Find the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce on Social Media:

Facebook - GEDCC: https://www.facebook.com/GEDallasChamber/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GEDallasChamber; @GEDallasChamber

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/27217958/

 

About Keynote Speaker, William Davenport

As Chief Financial Officer, William Davenport leads all finance functions for Topgolf worldwide, setting the stage for the company’s continued growth, innovation and industry leadership.

William previously spent 13 years with Brinker International, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Chili’s and On the Border.  He has also held the roles of Vice President of Finance for Neiman Marcus and CFO for Haggar Clothing Company.

William is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He resides in Dallas with his wife, three children, and pet Corgi named Bunty. William is passionate about soccer, running and spending time with his family.

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Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League

8th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show

 

Community philanthropist Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 8th Annual Fashion Notes Design Award and Style Show. The event co-chairs are good friends Kameron Westcott and Samantha Wortley. This will be a family affair since Kameron is married to Jimmy’s son, Court Wescott, which makes Jimmy her mother-in-law. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 21, at Fairmont Dallas.  

“So thankful my mother in law and best friend Jimmy Westcott will be serving as our honorary chair, said Kameron. “Jimmy is known for her enthusiasm for life and for her dedication to serving others. Jimmy’s advocacy skills and numerous leadership roles in the community will help us make a difference.”  

As a community volunteer and philanthropist, Honorary Chair Jimmy Westcott has tried to give hope and help to underserved women and children. She has served on many boards including the United Way where she chaired the Alexis de Touqueville award dinner, and the Dallas Symphony chairing a gala featuring YO YO Ma. She is a former chairman of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Board and was the first women chair of the Greater Dallas Boys and Girls Clubs, where she remains a trustee. Appointed to the Texas Commission for Women, she served as Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee. Other events she has chaired include the Genesis Women's Shelter luncheon, Stage Fest and the Salvation Army's fashion show and the Susan G. Komen anniversary luncheon. One of her current passions is Orphan Outreach, a ministry which serves orphans all over the world. She founded their annual Children's Hope Dinner receiving the Children's Hope award in 2018. She remains on the foundation boards of UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center and is proud to support first responders as a member of the North Texas Crime Commission. Her hope for the symphony luncheon is that a new generation will continue to embrace the importance of music in the lives of all children. 

The Fashion Notes Designer Award will be presented to Nardos Imam of Nardos Design specializing in custom couture. Nardos Design has expanded into evening wear, custom couture bridal, and a ready-to-wear line, which is available in her salon in Dallas with growing availability in cities across the United States. Today, women from all over the world come to Nardos’ atelier for her special couture experience. She has an eye for glamour and grace.  

Venise Stuart is President of the DSOL. The luncheon is presented by VERITEX COMMUNITY BANK, which has been a sponsor since the inaugural event, and sponsored by PaperCity.  

Fashion Notes will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a VIP reception followed by 11:00 a.m. general admission registration.  It will be a celebration of music and fashion. Some of the highlights of the day include the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, raffle, and a performance by the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fall fashions from TOOTSIES and Jojo Mommy will be featured with Scott Murray as the emcee. The event concludes with a stunning runway finale of some of Nardos’ most beautiful gowns.  

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

Tickets: Presenting Sponsor is $15,000. Additional sponsorships are $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

For further information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com

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Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities.

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.

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2021-2022 DSOL Board of Directors

The 2021-2022 calendar of events for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was presented to the Board of Directors at a recent kickoff luncheon hosted by President Venise Stuart.

“We are kicking off an exciting year ahead for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League,” said Stuart.  “We are 76 years old with a proud history of music, fundraising and fun!  Over the last several years we have contributed to the Dallas Symphony $21 million which goes towards the community and educational outreach programs in the Dallas area.”

DSOL members are invited to serve on committees or attend the fundraising activities held during the year: Fashion Notes (October 21); the signature 36th Annual Presentation Ball (February 12, 2022), the prestigious Junior Symphony Ball (January 29, 2022), the wine dinner Savor the Symphony, and exceptional musical evenings with DSO visiting artists or conductors  “A” Noteworthy Night (October 12, February 2, 2022, May 25, 2022). Members receive invitations to all these events.

Additional benefits for DSOL members are three (3) General Membership Meetings – a Fall Tea (October 6), a Winter Tea (February 16, 2022) and the Encore Luncheon (which is also the Annual Meeting, May 7, 2022). Additional invitations are available for evening events to hear various Dallas Symphony musicians with a glass of wine, attend lunch at the famous Orchestra Appreciation Luncheon, have a chance to work in the DSO Symphony Store on concert days, and several other social opportunities over the coming year.  Up to date information is provided on the DSOL website and league information is received via a newsletter and constant contact.

The League continues to support the education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony. Programs include Young Musicians, Young Strings, My DSO Concert, and the Cecil & Ida Green Youth Concerts which help develop the talents of exceptional and underrepresented youths in music.  Not only do members provide financial support, there are opportunities during the year to volunteer in these areas.

Over the last several years, volunteers have staffed several competitions held in the Dallas area. The Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Juanita Miller Competition and  Friedlander Competition for Young Strings which highlight the talents of young high school musicians who want to further their educational future. These competitions enable students to compete for college scholarships and the winners are invited to perform on large stages throughout the Texas region.

Membership in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League provides many benefits. Member meetings are always fun and educational while networking with friends and associates, and at the same time learning about the arts in the City of Dallas and the world renown Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Memberships start at $100. For further information or to pay for membership online, go to www.dallassymphonyleague.com.  Memberships must be received by September 10 to be included in the directory. Membership Chair Claire Catrino is available at 214-354-5658 or email claire4790@gmail.com.

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Junior Symphony Ball Check Presented to DSOL

Restrictions lifted paved way for hugely successful event 

 

Most organizations around the city can relate to the months of planning and preparation for their events only to have to cancel or postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Junior Symphony Ball (JSB) was among those groups whose plans were put on hold. The annual ball scheduled for January 2021 at Gilley’s was cancelled and it was uncertain if the event would be held this year.

The JSB is a “Purpose with a Party” fundraising event where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from over 40 participating schools come together for a central mission. The goal is to raise critical funds for Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music education and outreach programs which positively impact under-served youth in Dallas and throughout North Texas. It is an evening filled with live music, dancing and refreshments. JSB is now in its 64th year and is the longest-running fundraiser of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL).  

With the event on hold, the students kept busy during the time to keep their spirits up. In December, they collected 400 pounds of food for the Christmas food drive. 

After restrictions were lifted, the ball was re-scheduled and finally held on June 7, 2021, at the Toyota Music Factory, an outdoor venue. 

It was a huge success, carefully executed by 300 committee members. Over 1300 students from 40 schools attended, which was a celebratory evening with dinner, dancing and music by DJ André 7.   

The total dollars were tallied, and a tremendous sum had been raised by the students during this Covid-19 crisis year. At a private reception, the JSB committee presented a gigantic, oversized check to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League for $238,432. 

Anne Ligon, the DSOL President who presided over the year, was ecstatic and her heartfelt words were conveyed to the check presenters with passion. 

“I can’t express how much I appreciate your hard work.  I remained optimistic throughout my presidential year but also tried to be realistic due to the challenges of covid; I am blown away by what you all accomplished. 

“A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended the first Young Musicians’ orchestra event since the beginning of the pandemic. Being there filled my heart with joy. As I looked at each musician’s face, I saw pride in their accomplishment. I also noticed dads eagerly volunteering and proud moms videotaping the event. It was a beautiful sight.  

“Each fundraising dollar is connected to a face, a name, and a story, and you all changed lives with this event. The funds raised by JSB will ensure these kids have years of music instruction with the best teachers. In twenty years, some of these kids will be at a DSOL event sharing their success story, and you are actively taking part in it now. 

“I also want to express how appreciative I am because you all went far beyond the call of duty. You committed to nine months and went an extra four. And, as we all know, the spring semester of the junior and senior year of high school is hectic and overwhelming. It would have been so easy to quit, and many would have, but you all didn’t. Instead, you stayed with it. Look at your success! You all have changed lives with your hard work and commitment. Thank you.” 

The Parent Co-Chairs were Alison Muncy, Suzy Calvert, Liz Kelly, Debbie Robinowitz, Paula Wills, Justine Sweeny, Angela Jackson, Alyson Jackson, and Tish Key. 

Student Co-Chairs were Fletcher Calvert from ESD, Riley Calvert from ESD, Abbey Jackson from Parish, Sam Jackson from Jesuit, Lili Kelly from ESD, Harrison Keys from Highland Park, Madison Muncy from Highland Park, Emma Sweeney from Ursuline, and Kate Wills from Hockaday. 

The Underwriting Committee consisted of JSB moms Suzanne Calvert and Liz Kelly. 

The JSB committee is already at work planning next year’s event which has been scheduled at Gilley’s for January 29, 2022. Information is available at www.jsbdallas.org.

Photo by Deborah Brown

Key to photo: 

Junior Symphony Ball 2021 Student Chairs check presentation

Pictured from left: Anne Ligon, Lily Kelly, Jake Robinowitz, Sam Jackson, and Emma Sweeney, and Kim Noltemy.

Not Pictured: Fletcher Calvert, Riley Calvert, Abbey Jackson, Harrison Key, Madison Muncy, and Kate Wills.

 

 

 

 

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2022 Debutantes - Photo by Gittings

Cocktail dresses were the attire for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Debutante Casino Party held at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion on July 31. The Debs, Honor Guard, and their families had dinner, casino games, and dancing with the rocking music played by DJ Mark Anthony. 

Among those in attendance were Janie and David Condon, Laura and Jason Downing, Jennifer and Randy Marvel and Kit and Kemp Sawers. 

The event was chaired by Cynthia Beaird. The Presentation Ball Chair is Elizabeth Gambrell and DSOL President is Venise Stuart. Sherwood Wagner will serve as Honorary Chair. 

The Casino Party ended a whirlwind of activities through the summer. Other events included bow boot camps, lunches, and social mixers. Festivities will start again beginning with the events over the Thanksgiving break in November and continue during the holidays in December. The Debutantes will make their debut at the 36th Annual Presentation Ball which will take place on February 12, 2022, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

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Photo by Danny Campbell Nardos Iman

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2021 Fashion Notes Designer Award will be presented to Nardos Imam of Nardos Design at the 8th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon & Style Show presented by VERITEX COMMUNITY BANK on Thursday, October 21, at Fairmont Dallas. Veritex Community Bank has been Presenting Sponsor for Fashion Notes since its inaugural event eight years ago. PaperCity magazine is the exclusive print and digital local luxury lifestyle media sponsor. 

The event is chaired by good friends Kameron Westcott and Samantha Wortley. Kameron’s mother-in-law Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair. Venise Stuart is the DSOL President. 

With an eye for glamour and grace, Nardos Imam introduces the art of custom design to women dreaming of a signature gown for their special event. Nardos leads the industry with her sophisticated approach to designing high-end, one-of-a-kind couture bridal gowns, evening wear, and cocktail wear - creating modest to avante grade silhouettes that accommodate any bride's or women's style. 

“When I sleep, I’m dreaming of dresses,” reveals Nardos Imam, whose passion for design began early, when she was a young girl growing up in Eritrea. Her mother was a talented seamstress, who loved making colorful dresses for her children that would often turn heads in the neighborhood. As a child, Nardos was struck by her mother’s love of clothes and would spend hours sitting next to her sewing machine, fascinated by patterns and stitching, and playing with fabrics and scissors. 

But Nardos wasn’t fully exposed to fashion until she went off to college in the United States. At first, she thought she would study nursing and never imagined she could have a career designing clothes. Eventually, her love for fashion prevailed and she ended up switching paths. Nardos went on to study costume design at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas, where she became enamored with her classes on theatrical costume design and the history of fashion.   

After graduation, she started working at the luxe fabric store, Richard Brooks. Later, she became the in-house designer at Stanley Korshak, where she built a loyal following of clients, who kept returning for her impeccable fit, eye for color, and unique architectural designs.  

In 2009, Nardos took the plunge and finally launched her own fashion line, Nardos Design, which specializes in custom couture.  Since then, Nardos Design has expanded into evening wear, custom couture bridal, and a ready-to-wear line, which is available in her salon in Dallas, Texas with growing availability in cities across the United States. Today, women from all over the world come to Nardos’ atelier for her special couture experience. “My favorite part is when I put them in their first fit,” she says. “I love to see the reaction in their faces when they finally see their dream dress coming to life.” 

Nardos credits God and the beauty in each of her clients as her sources of inspiration. She loves dressing all women from mothers and brides to debutants and every occasion in between. She dreams of one day mentoring young girls in Eritrea on all things fashion. Decades later, her mother is now the one who spends hours sitting in Nardos’ atelier. 

Fashion Notes will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a VIP reception followed by 11:00 a.m. general admission registration.  It will be a celebration of music and fashion. Some of the highlights of the day include the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, raffle, and a performance by the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fall fashions from TOOTSIES and Jojo Mommy will be featured with Scott Murray as the emcee. The event concludes with a stunning runway finale of some of Nardos’ most beautiful gowns. 

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

Tickets: Presenting Sponsor is $15,000. Additional sponsorships are $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

For further information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com

Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/DSOLvolunteers

Instagram: @DSOLeague 

Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities. 

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.

  

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Debutantes and Honor Guard

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes demonstrated the traditional halftime divot stomp at the Honor Guard Polo Cup held at the Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point on June 19.

Divot stomping is a long-standing half-time tradition where spectators converge on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the ponies' hooves. It also offered the chance to gather on the field for a glass of Champagne, photo opportunities with players and horses, and hitting a few balls with club owner, Vaughn Miller.  

The Honor Guard proudly partnered with the Polo Club, showcasing a new form of entertainment for many in attendance. The Debs, Honor Guard, and their families viewed the polo games from the pavilion, with many wearing their best derby hats. The evening featured two polo matches and dinner and drinks as well as the halftime festivities.

Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages, the evening was one of the season events for the debutantes which culminate with the 36th Presentation Ball, to be held on February 12, 2022. 

Sherwood Wagner is the Honorary Chair, and Elizabeth Gambrell is the Presentation Ball Chairman. The DSOL President is Venise Stuart.

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $12 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball.  

Founded in 1946, the DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

Photos by Gittings

 

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Seated: Venise Stuart, Jimmy Westcott. Standing: Kameron Westcott, Samantha Wortley.

 Venise Stuart, President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, announced a stellar lineup for Fashion Notes Fashion Designer Luncheon and Style Show.

The Honorary Chair is Jimmy Westcott, known for her extensive volunteer work and philanthropic activities.  

The Co-Chairs are good friends who have planned many events together: Kameron Wescott and Samantha Wortley.  Kameron, married to Jimmy’s son Court, is a mom of two children, stars on the Real Housewives of Dallas and is founder of Sparkle Dog Food.  Best friend Samantha Wortley, also a mom of two, is an entrepreneur and founder of Sew Stitchin’ Fancy, an embroidery company that has taken off quickly through Instagram.

Kameron and Samantha have exciting plans in the works. Pink is the favorite color of both girls so you can be sure you will be seeing a lot of it!

What:             Fashion Notes Fashion Designer Luncheon and Style Show

When:           Thursday, October 21, 2021

                      10:30 a.m.

Where:          Fairmount Dallas

                      1717 Akard Street

                      Dallas TX 75201

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians.

Additional information will soon be available: www.dallassymphonyleague.com

Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/DSOLvolunteers

Instagram: @DSOLeague

Mission Statement: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is an organization of volunteers who support the Dallas Symphony Association through service, education and fundraising activities.

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.

Photo by Deborah Brown

 

 

 

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Roger and Marena Gault with Sherwood Wagner and Todd Clendening

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2021-2022 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities held May 27- May 30. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 36th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 12, 2022. 

The weekend began with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, May 27. On Friday morning, May 28, Stanley Korshak hosted a couture gown show which was followed with an evening mixer at Mattito’s. On Sunday, May 30th, an afternoon reception was held at Etro in Highland Park Village.   

The Honorary Chair for the 2022 Presentation Ball is Sherwood Wagner, a longtime supporter of the DSO and the Dallas community.

The Presentation Ball Chair is Elizabeth Gambrell and DSOL President is Venise Stuart. Elizabeth and Venise know well what to expect during the debutante season. Elizabeth’s daughter Eleanor made her debut in 2020. Venise was Presentation Ball Chair in 2015 and also had an Honor Guard son, Marcus.

The formal announcement of the debutantes by Stan Gardner went flawlessly. Heather Moore and Kendra Averitt were among the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes to coach the debutantes and the honor guard in the staging area.

There are numerous parents who have had debutante daughters and honor guard sons in prior years.

Margaret and Barry Hancock’s daughter Katherine will be making her debut and they know the debutante season well. Daughter Mary Margaret made her debut in 2016 and son James was an Honor Guard in 2020. However, their history with the Presentation Ball dates even further back starting with the first ball held in 1987 when Barry was an Honor Guard. He met Margaret the next year when she made her debut and they were married a few years later. With Katherine’s upcoming debut, all the family members will have participated. 

Janie and David Condon’s daughter Grace will be the third (and last!) debutante in the family to be presented.

The Presentation Ball was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who also chaired the first ball. She was introduced to provide the background and history of the annual event.

“The Presentation Ball brings families and friends together, with friendships old and new creating a Camelot experience to carry you a lifetime,” said Tincy. “We do not remember the days, we remember the moments. This is a Camelot moment.”

Other attendees included Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin, Kim Noltemy, and Marena and Roger Gault.

The 2021-2022 debutantes are: Nora Arnold, Virginia Baker, Bailey Beaird, Cambridge Bender, London Boscamp, Abigail Brannon, Riley Cheek, Grace Condon, Amelia Cox, Erin Daugherty, Eliza Davis, Katherine Downing, Katherine Edwards, Katie Elliott, Virginia Fielder, Sydney Goodiel, Katherine Hancock, Audrey Hanna, Emily Hea, Reva Henderson, Ava Heppner, Julia Hicks, Stephanie Hirschbrich, Sophie Hung, Madigan Jacoby, Grace Judin, Claire Koonsman, Story Langston, Ashley Laughlin, McKinley Lawson, Brooke Marvel, Ashlyn Meuse, Anna Mikeska, Kate Murray, Ashlee Newton, Abbey Perry, Mary Tarver Reid, Anna Robinowitz, Annie Sawers, Bella Scott, Sarah Smith, Lydia Szuwalski, Margaret Thompson, Samantha Ungerman, Ella Varel, Annie Walker, Elizabeth Walsh, Tory Wicklund, and Kelsey Wittmann.

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $12 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event. 

Founded in 1946, the DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $20 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

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Honorary Chair Sherwood Wagner, DSOL President Venise Stuart, Presentation Ball Chair Elizabeth Gambrell.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will introduce the 2021-2022 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities held May 26 - May 30. The weekend marks the official start of a season of events culminating with the 36th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 12, 2022. 

The weekend begins with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, May 27. On Friday morning, May 28, Stanley Korshak will host a couture gown show followed with an evening mixer at Mattito’s. On Sunday, May 30th, an afternoon reception will be at Etro in Highland Park Village.   

The Honorary Chair for the 2022 Presentation Ball is Sherwood Wagner, a longtime supporter of the DSO and the Dallas community.

The Presentation Ball Chair is Elizabeth Gambrell and DSOL President is Venise Stuart. Elizabeth and Venise know well what to expect during the debutante season. Venise was Presentation Ball Chair in 2015 and also had an Honor Guard son, Marcus. Elizabeth’s daughter Eleanor made her debut in 2020. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $12 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball.  

Founded in 1946, the DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $20 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photo by Deborah Brown