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Darlene Ellison

Brad Grist, Chairman of the Board of Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC), delivered Lifetime Member awards to three longtime and dedicated members. This award is presented to individuals who have exhibited exemplary service to the East Dallas Chamber and to the East Dallas community. The three recognized members are Roger Perry, Darlene Ellison, and Fred Welsh.

Roger Perry has been a long time Chamber member and was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the GEDCC to serve three consecutive years in 2011-2013.

Darlene Ellison was a Chamber member over 20 years ago and served as Chairman for three years 2014, 2015 and again in 2018. Her father Bud Doxey was also a Chairman for three years from 1993-1995. They are the only father-daughter set who have both served as Chair.

Fred Welsh has served in virtually every capacity for the Chamber in his many years as a member and received the Chamber’s Chairman's Award in 2017 for his service. His love for East Dallas is contagious and he is involved with numerous other local community organizations.

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Roxy Logan models a dress from the 2020 fashion show.

Queen of Hearts

Vintage Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea

Presented by The Dallas Woman’s Forum Fashion and Style Department

The Queen of Hearts Vintage Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea will be presented by the Dallas Woman’s Forum Fashion and Style Department on Saturday, February 13 the at the Alexander Mansion, located at 4607 Ross Avenue.  Special Guest Presenter Steven Porterfield of the Antiques Roadshow will travel from his home base in Midland, Texas to narrate this unique style show. Tea begins at 12 noon and the Fashion Show at 1:30 pm. The afternoon will feature fashions from 1900’s to 1980’s, Silent auction and opportunities to purchase vintage items will be at 3 pm. Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts of the Alexander Mansion by the Dallas Woman’s Forum. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited to 80 attendees. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. 

Tickets

Tickets at $70.00 per person. Reservations Required, tickets available for purchase in groups of 4, 5 or 6 https://dallaswomansforum.org/events/event/vintage-fashion-show-tea-2021/ 

Due to a limited number of tables because of social distancing requirements, reservations are only accepted in groups of four, five, or six guests. Please gather your party and purchase all tickets in one group. Tickets will be held at the door. Confirmation of purchase will be PayPal receipt delivered to your email address. Please make sure email address is correct upon check out. Check spam/junk email folder if a confirmation email is not in your inbox.

For further information: queries@dallaswomansforum.org or 214-823-4533.
 

Reservation Cancellations and Ticket Refund Policy

Reservation cancellations may be made up to four business days prior to the date of the event. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations within four business days of the event or for missed or “no show” reservations. Cancellations are subject to a $5.00 cancellation fee per person. For cancellations, send an email to queries@dallaswomansforum.org.

 

Steven Porterfield – Special Guest Presenter 

Driving more than 45,000 miles a year Steven Porterfield traverses the country in his quest for antique and vintage fashion and accessories. His current collection spans the decades of 1740 to 2000. 

This spring begins his eleventh year appraising for The Antiques Roadshow. 

Currently he is working on his second season of the series “Emily Dickinson”, a movie of the book, “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann and a pilot that is being produced of “A League of  Their Own.” 

On May 16th he will attend a red carpet event at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown La for the opening of “Outdoor Girl”. (He has worked on this exhibition with the curators of FIDM for 15 years.) 

His year will culminate with the opening of his own fashion exhibition in Odessa Texas at the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Dec. “Two hundred Years of Brides.”

 

Menu for Afternoon Tea 

The tea will be catered by Chocolate Angel. Special vegetarian or gluten-free menus will be provided only if requested at the time of making a reservation and at least four days before the date of the tea. Email to queries@dallaswomensforum.org

The menu will be: White Chocolate Cranberry Scones, Tea Sandwiches, Petite Quiche, Chicken Salad Tartlet, Ham & Gruyère Puff Pastry, Assorted Fruit, Assortment of Sweet Pastries along with Selected loose leaf tea paired with each course, including The Dallas Woman’s Forum’s signature tea, Caramel Almond Bliss. 

 

Dallas Woman’s Forum
Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts of the Alexander Mansion by the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

Rich in history and tradition, The Dallas Woman’s Forum was founded in 1906, two years after the Alexander Mansion was built. The Forum, which has been ensconced in this unique and priceless example of Dallas’ rich cultural history since 1930, is celebrating its second century of community service and historic preservation.

Contemporary in its mission and purpose, the organization’s heritage continues in its focus on the values of service, compassion, concern, knowledge, involvement, initiative, creativity, and courage. This foundation has made the Dallas Woman’s Forum a leader in the development of our city and endeavors to promote women’s leadership now, and in the future. 

The Mission of the Dallas Woman’s Forum is to empower women and children through education and advocacy. The purpose of the woman’s forum shall be: the support of benevolent, charitable, educational undertakings, and preservation of an historical landmark.

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DSOL President Anne Ligon and event chair Karen Cox.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) celebrated music and fashion at the 7th annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show presented by Veritex Community Bank on Wednesday, November 4, at the Fairmont Dallas. 

Mother-daughter duo, Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino served as Honorary Chairs. Cile is a devoted supporter of the symphony and a longtime member of DSOL. Her daughter Claire was a debutante, Assembly officer, and now serves on the DSOL Board. 

Karen Cox chaired the event and Anne Ligon is the DSOL President. 

This year the DSOL celebrates its 75th anniversary. Throughout the last 75 years, the League has donated over 20 million dollars to the Dallas Symphony. This would not have been possible without all the amazing women who have served as Presidents of the League. The Past Presidents of the DSOL were collectively the recipients of the Fashion Notes Designer Award for their work in designing and guiding the league for 75 years.  

As one of the few live events held this season, the morning began with a carefully orchestrated agenda respecting social distancing and CDC protocols. The DSOL acknowledged the safety and comfort with temperature taken upon arrival, only six guests per table, tables spaced more than six feet apart, and strict CDC protocol followed by hotel staff. Tickets were limited in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

A reception and Mystery Notes gift pull was followed by the luncheon and style show, Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, and a performance by DSO Young Strings cellist Rahel Lulseged. The latest fashions from TOOTSIES were featured, with Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES serving as emcees. 

Proceeds 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.  

“The idea of putting a violin or flute in the hands of a child who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument is heartwarming,” said event chair Karen Cox. “I am humbled to be part of this fun Fashion Notes Luncheon and support the important community outreach programs of the DSO.”  

The Luncheon was sponsored by Veritex Community Bank/Darlene Ellison, TOOTSIES, and Fairmont Dallas.

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 $19 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.

 Photos by Jeff Smith

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Co-Chairs Julie Burns and Rita Clinton.

After selling out two years in a row, A Taste of West Dallas re-imagines the experience and goes virtual, while sharing the much-needed exposure with West Dallas restaurants. 

A Taste of West Dallas, presented by Texas Capital Bank, is an annual event that supports Wesley-Rankin Community Center and participating West Dallas restaurants. In an unlikely year, they have changed things up and are providing donors and sponsors a virtual experience on Sunday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. The event is Co-Chaired by two couples, Julie and Duston Burns and Rita and Cleve Clinton

Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) partners with their West Dallas neighbors by providing education and resources to drive community transformation. WRCC consistently identifies challenges in the community and this year the West Dallas restaurants are especially in need of support.

 “Wesley-Rankin’s program objectives haven’t changed with COVID-19 but how we meet the objectives has,” said Shellie Ross, Executive Director of Wesley-Rankin Community Center. “We have always assessed needs, built systems and provided resources and with COVID-19, the same applies, but the systems are more complex and comprehensive. For example, what was once a meal to a participant is now food security for an entire family unit.” 

The virtual experience takes the audience through the stories and restaurants that mean so much to the West Dallas community, while raising funds for WRCC’s ongoing programs. And every ticket purchase includes a Restaurant Rewards card with special offers for the restaurants to further encourage people to visit once they feel comfortable. 

Participating Restaurants/Caterers are 3015 at Trinity Groves (with Chef Sharon Van Meter), Steam Theory Brewing Company, Saint Rocco’s at Trinity Groves, Locura Dallas, and Frida’s Tacos. 

“Duston and I are new to the Wesley-Rankin family and are so impressed with their holistic approach to serving the West Dallas community and adjusting quickly when its needs change,” said Julie Burns, Co-Chair of A Taste of West Dallas. “Usually an event raises funds to support its own organization, yet we took this a step further in working with participating restaurants to increase exposure for them as well. It’s a full community effort and we are so grateful to be a part of it.” 

With COVID-19, so many events, nonprofits and restaurants have been just a few of the many industries affected. Many longtime supporters of WRCC asked how they could support the community, even if there was no event. A Taste of West Dallas may not be the same experience as past years, yet the idea was developed with a commitment to give back to Wesley-Rankin and the surrounding West Dallas community. 

“Cleve and I have been supporters of Wesley-Rankin Community Center for over 40 years and we’ve never seen them re-invent the wheel any more efficiently and effectively than they have in 2020,” says Rita Clinton, Co-Chair of A Taste of West Dallas. “Offering virtual programs and socially distanced assistance to their entire clientele, from young children to the senior citizens in the West Dallas community, has presented a challenge beautifully met.” 

The 2020 A Taste of West Dallas has a new look to raise the greatly needed funds supporting the ongoing and, in many cases, redesigned programs at Wesley-Rankin Community Center. 

Video - via email link you can watch West Dallas chefs and restaurateurs sharing their stories and a few of their popular dishes, spiced up by updates from Wesley-Rankin. The link will be shared and go  “Live” on November 8 and available until December 1. 

Reward Cards - Our featured restaurants will provide a “free item(s) with purchase” or discount to use at the time of your choosing. 

Prize Drawing - Ticket purchasers’ names will go into a drawing for valuable prizes, drawing to be held when the video goes “live.” 

$1,500 Aspiring Professionals Sponsor

Sponsor a student in the program, receive 2 t-shirts, an appreciation gift basket, 3 Reward Cards, 3 prize drawing tickets, recognition on website. 

$500 Casa Feliz Sponsor

Sponsor party for senior citizens, receive 2 invitations to party, an appreciation basket, 2 Reward Cards, 2 prize drawing tickets, recognition on website. 

$100 Individual Sponsor Ticket

1 Reward Card, 1 prize drawing ticket, recognition on website. 

$50 Individual Ticket

1 Reward Card,1 prize drawing ticket

 

Questions? Contact 214-742-6674 ext. 110. Pay online at https://wesleyrankin.org/events/  or by check (please include e-mail with contact info).

 

 

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FB: Sharon Van Meter, 3015tg, Frida’s Tacos, Saint Rocco’s at Trinity Groves, Steam Theory Brewing Company, Locura Dallas

 

 

 

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Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino are Honorary Chairs for Fashion Notes

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) will celebrate music and fashion at the 7th annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show presented by Veritex Community Bank on Wednesday, November 4, at the Fairmont Dallas, 1717 N. Akard Street. Tickets are limited in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

This year the DSOL celebrates its 75th anniversary. Throughout the last 75 years, the League has donated over 20 million dollars to the Dallas Symphony. This would not have been possible without all the amazing women who have served as Presidents of the League. The past presidents are collectively the recipients of the Fashion Notes Designer Award for their work in designing and guiding the league for 75 years. The event will pay tribute to all the past presidents who have made music education possible for hundreds of thousands of children. To honor a former DSOL President in the Fashion Notes event program, donations of $50 or more can be made on the website www.dallassymphonyleague.com. A gift of $200 or more includes flowers for the recipient of honor. Flowers will be presented at the Fashion Notes event.

Mother-daughter duo, Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino will serve as Honorary Chairs. Cile is a devoted supporter of the symphony and a longtime member of DSOL. Her daughter Claire was a debutante, Assembly officer, and now serves on the DSOL Board. 

The morning begins at 11:00 a.m. with a carefully orchestrated agenda respecting social distancing and CDC protocols. The DSOL acknowledges the safety and comfort with temperature taken upon arrival, fewer guests per table, tables spaced more than 6 feet apart, strict CDC protocol followed by hotel staff, and availability of self parking. 

The agenda includes a reception and Mystery Notes gift pull followed by a luncheon, Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, and a performance by some of the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fashions from TOOTSIES will be featured, with Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES serving as emcees. 

The event is  chaired by Karen Cox and Anne Ligon is the DSOL President.   

Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. 

“The idea of putting a violin or flute in the hands of a child who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument is heartwarming,” said event chair Karen Cox. “I am humbled to be part of this fun Fashion Notes Luncheon and support the important community outreach programs of the DSO.” 

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. 

The Luncheon is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank/Darlene Ellison, TOOTSIES, and Fairmont Dallas. 

The past Presidents of the DSOL are:

Mrs. Vera Hartt Martin * 1946-1947
Mrs. J. F. Stuart Arthur 1947-1949
Mrs. Samuel A . Shelburne* 1949-1951
Mrs. John M. Pace* 1951-1953
Mrs. Lord Lingo* 1953-1955
Mrs. Dan Rogers* 1955-1956
Mrs. Henry S. Miller, Jr.* 1956-1958
Mrs. W. W. Lynch, Sr*. 1958-1960
Mrs. George M. Pavey, Jr .* 1960-1961
Mrs. Hubert G. Foster * 1961-1962
Mrs. Clarence H. Dragert* 1962-1964
Mrs. Frank Pearcy* 1964-1966
Mrs. Theodore H. Strauss* 1966-1968
Mrs. C. Wes ley Goyer, Jr.* 1968-1970
Mrs. George M. Pavey, Jr.* 1970-1972
Mrs. William Plack Carr* 1972-1975
Mrs. David Donosky 1975-1977
Mrs. Eugene Jericho* 1977-1978
Mrs. James M. Copps 1978-1979
Mrs. Donald E. McGuire, Jr. 1979-1980
Mrs. Reuben H. Adams 1980-1981
Mrs. Robert A. Fanning* 1981-1982
Mrs. Bill L. Nelson 1982-1983
Mrs. Frances B. Chantilis* 1983-1984
Mrs. Lawrence S. Barzune 1984-1985
Mrs. Merlyn D. Sampels 1985-1986
Mrs. Jimmy T. Lontos* 1986-1987
Mrs. W. Robert Hudgins 1987-1988
Mrs. Melvin C. Kadesky 1988-1989
Mrs. Vance C. Miller 1989-1990
Mrs. Oliver M. Gould 1990-1991
Mrs. Harvey R. Mitchell 1991-1992
Mrs. Michael L. McCullough 1992-1993
Mrs. Joe B. Mullins, Jr. 1993-1994
Mrs. F. Donnelly Black 1994-1995
Mrs. Edwin A. Robertson 1995-1996
Mrs. Manfred E. New 1996-1997
Mrs. Jerry M. Waddle 1997-1998
Mrs. Dennis J. Factor 1998-1999
Mrs. William C. Reardon 1999-2000
Mrs. Oscar W . Ponder 2000-2001
Mrs. Gerald C. Moore 2001-2002
Mrs. George F. Longino Ill 2002-2003
Mrs. Kenneth Ray Etheredge 2003-2004
Mrs. Charles R. Gibbs 2004-2005
Mrs. Frank T. Lauinger 2005-2006
Mrs. Maurice C. Ballew 2006-2007
Mrs. Nigel M.H.O.Brown 2007-2008
Mrs. Dan C. Gatlin 2008-2009
Mrs. Robert M. Walker 2009-2010
Mrs. William R. Boyd 2010-2011
Mrs. Roger C. Gault 2011-2012
Mrs. Linton Barbee 2012-2013
Mrs. Rodney Sager 2013-2014
Mrs. Dixie Marshall 2014-2015
Mrs. Vernon B. Lewis Ill 2015-2016
Mrs. John W. Secor 2016-2017
Mrs. Don Epperson 2017-2018
Mrs. Kendall Laughlin, Sr. 2018-2019
Mrs. Joe Brannon 2019-2020
   
*Deceased  

About the Honorary Chairs

Cile McCormick is a Dallas native, graduate of Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, the Dallas Woman’s Club, and The Marianne Scruggs Garden Club. Cile has been involved with the alumnae group for Pi Beta Phi, Council for Life, Kidney Texas, and a past member of Cattle Baron’s committee. Cile is a sustainer for Junior League and involved with the women's auxiliary for Salvation Army. She has been a member of Bible Study Fellowship and All Saints Church for numerous years. She uses her love of reading to tutor underserved children in the Dallas area. 

Claire Catrino serves on the board of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League as Vice President of Public Relations. Furthermore, she is a past DSOL debutante, and assembly President and Chairman. She now serves on the Ball Committee as Week of the Ball Co-Chair. The education and outreach programs that the DSOL provides to young musicians in Dallas are among the many reasons she loves serving in the League. She is on the leadership council for The Junior League of Dallas and is a graduate of the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. She is Horticulture co-chairman and board member for The Junior Group of Marianne Scruggs Garden Club and board member of The Junior Group of Dallas Garden Club. For many years, Claire has been engaged in the Dallas community serving youth in need at the Notre Dame School and Alley’s House. She has been involved at Munger Place Church and her daughter’s school. She has a Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Texas A&M University. 

Tickets are limited in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

Title Sponsor is $10,000 and Presenting Sponsor is $7,500. Additional sponsorships are $5,000, and $2,500. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. 

In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. A list of Past Presidents of the DSOL is included for any In Honor of donations to pay tribute to these amazing women. Donations of $200 include a floral arrangement presented to the President being honored. The flowers will be delivered at the event. 

Sponsorship and underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility, and more. 

Visit the website at www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For more information, contact Maliska Haba m.haba@dalsym.com or 214-871-4005.

 

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 $19 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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Honorary Chairs Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino and Event Chair Karen Cox.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) will celebrate music and fashion at the 7th annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show presented by Veritex Community Bank on Wednesday, November 4, at the Fairmont Dallas, 1717 N. Akard Street. Tickets are limited in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

This year the DSOL celebrates its 75th anniversary. Throughout the last 75 years, the League has donated over 20 million dollars to the Dallas Symphony. This would not have been possible without all the amazing women who have served as Presidents of the League. The past presidents are collectively the recipients of the Fashion Notes Designer Award for their work in designing and guiding the league for 75 years. The event will pay tribute to all the past presidents who have made music education possible for hundreds of thousands of children. 

Mother-daughter duo, Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino will serve as Honorary Chairs. Cile is a devoted supporter of the symphony and a longtime member of DSOL. Her daughter Claire was a debutante, Assembly officer, and now serves on the DSOL Board. 

The morning begins at 11:00 a.m. with a carefully orchestrated agenda respecting social distancing and CDC protocols. The DSOL acknowledges the safety and comfort with temperature taken upon arrival, fewer guests per table, tables spaced more than 6 feet apart, strict CDC protocol followed by hotel staff, and availability of self parking. 

The agenda includes a reception and Mystery Notes gift pull followed by a luncheon, Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, and a performance by some of the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fashions from TOOTSIES will be featured, with Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES serving as emcees. 

The event is  chaired by Karen Cox and Anne Ligon is the DSOL President.   

Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. 

“The idea of putting a violin or flute in the hands of a child who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument is heartwarming,” said event chair Karen Cox. “I am humbled to be part of this fun Fashion Notes Luncheon and support the important community outreach programs of the DSO.” 

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. 

The Luncheon is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank/Darlene Ellison, TOOTSIES, and Fairmont Dallas. 

Cile McCormick is a Dallas native, graduate of Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, the Dallas Woman’s Club, and The Marianne Scruggs Garden Club. Cile has been involved with the alumnae group for Pi Beta Phi, Council for Life, Kidney Texas, and a past member of Cattle Baron’s committee. Cile is a sustainer for Junior League and involved with the women's auxiliary for Salvation Army. She has been a member of Bible Study Fellowship and All Saints Church for numerous years. She uses her love of reading to tutor underserved children in the Dallas area. 

Claire Catrino serves on the board of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League as Vice President of Public Relations. Furthermore, she is a past DSOL debutante, and assembly President and Chairman. She now serves on the Ball Committee as Week of the Ball Co-Chair. The education and outreach programs that the DSOL provides to young musicians in Dallas are among the many reasons she loves serving in the League. She is on the leadership council for The Junior League of Dallas and is a graduate of the T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. She is Horticulture co-chairman and board member for The Junior Group of Marianne Scruggs Garden Club and board member of The Junior Group of Dallas Garden Club. For many years, Claire has been engaged in the Dallas community serving youth in need at the Notre Dame School and Alley’s House. She has been involved at Munger Place Church and her daughter’s school. She has a Master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Texas A&M University. 

Tickets are limited in order to adhere to CDC guidelines. 

Title Sponsor is $10,000 and Presenting Sponsor is $7,500. Additional sponsorships are $5,000, and $2,500. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. 

In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. A list of Past Presidents of the DSOL is included for any In Honor of donations to pay tribute to these amazing women. Donations of $200 include a floral arrangement presented to the President being honored. The flowers will be delivered at the event. 

Sponsorship and underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility, and more. 

Visit the website at www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For more information, contact Maliska Haba m.haba@dalsym.com or 214-871-4005. 

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 $19 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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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 16th  Annual Economic Summit – a virtual experience- on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor. 

The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be well-known Dallas businessman and philanthropist – Trammell S. Crow. Bringing years of experience and dedication to his career and the Dallas community, Trammell will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and EARTHx. Lynn McBee, Chairman of the Board for EARTHx, will be interviewing Trammell. 

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 “Onward Dallas.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and various speakers on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.

 

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Atmos Energy as a Gold Sponsor

Comerica as a Gold Sponsor

Advocate Magazine as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Lakewood as a Silver Sponsor

 

Featured Speakers include:

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough and Dallas City Council Members Paula Blackmon, Adam Bazaldua and David Blewett

Online login begins at 8:00am, and the program begins promptly at 8:30 am. The morning will include welcoming attendees to this unique event, speaker introductions and online Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to participate and ask questions from the panelists, all from the comfort of their own home. 

The 2020 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

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

To secure sponsorships online, visit http://www.eastdallaschamber.com, call 214-328-4100, or e-mail president@eastdallaschamber.com.

This year’s attendance fees have been generously covered by our sponsors. Please register for your spot to attend this event by visiting the chamber website www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling 214-328-4100.

 

For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-328-4100 or visit Economic Summit.

  

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Celebrating the 75th milestone anniversary, 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

Steve Moore, Chair

Brad Grist, Vice Chair I

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Mike Nurre, Immediate Past Chair

 

Michael Alcantar, Cheryl Barnes, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Ben Lauer, Elizabeth Mast, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Ramsey, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber

 

The 2020 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vick Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh 

For more information about GEDCC, visit http://eastdallaschamber.com or contact 214-328-4100

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastdallaschamber/

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

 

About Keynote Speaker, Trammell Crow

Trammell S. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as well as the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden.  Mr. Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Company, and his wife, Margaret. 

After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Crow began his career as a warehouse leasing in Denver and then transferred to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and subsequently, to lease retail space.  He returned to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, and later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than 2 million square feet.  By 1985, he developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport.  From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International.

Trammell S. Crow is a member of the Board of Directors of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and is actively involved in Thanksgiving Square, a multi-denominational center for the promotion of gratitude and religious tolerance. 

Mr. Crow is also a founder of Texas Business for Clean Air, an organization of prominent business leaders throughout Texas who are committed to matters that affect air quality in the state.

As the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), Mr. Crow has created the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving to re-shape a more sustainable future.

With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, Crow serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water.  He is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters.   His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.

 

About Lynn McBee

As a volunteer leader in Dallas for more than 25 years, Lynn has worked more than 45,000 hours of service for more than 30 different non-profit groups. Lynn’s work has made a difference on tough issues like improving education, serving homeless, protecting children, fighting domestic violence and helping underserved students succeed in college. As a deeply engaged civic leader, Lynn has learned how to bring different stakeholders to the table, find common ground and solutions, and get everyone moving in a productive manner that gets results.

As a biochemistry grad from the University of Texas in the early 90’s, Lynn was an early hire of New England Biolabs, where she worked as a research scientist and later created partnerships to grow the company. Today, NEB is the world leader in genomic research and employs more than 500, and Lynn still serves as a manager and employee owner. 

Lynn has served more than six years as CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a public-private partnership that creates STEM-focused schools of choice in an all-girls setting. To date, YWPN grads have a 100% college acceptance rate – many of them first generation college goers.  Over six years as CEO, Lynn has grown revenues 300% and gained a deep understanding of how to partner with ISDs to improve student achievement. 

Lynn is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association;  Co-Chair of the Coalition for a New Dallas; Co-Chair of For Oak Cliff: Co-Chair of Oakland Cemetery; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center Board of Directors; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Board; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; Dallas Education Foundation Trustee; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Children's Medical Center Foundation Trustee; the Bullock Texas State History Museum Board of Directors; the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute board at UTSW; Texas Women’s University Institute for Women’s Leadership Board; Caruth Police Institute Advisory Board; Junior League of Dallas Endowment Chair; Vickery Midtown PID and The Salvation Army Advisory Board. She is past Chairman of the Board of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, The Dallas Opera, TACA, the Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Film Society. She has served on the boards of The Trinity Park Conservancy, Texas Ballet Theater and the friends of the Texas Historical Commission. 

Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, The Dallas Assembly, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball.  She is a past President and Ball Chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and former Ball Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. 

A native of Freeport, Texas, Lynn was raised by parents who believed in the power of education. Through her years in public school, at the University of Texas and throughout her career in biotech and as a CEO, Lynn’s has kept true to her guiding principles of life-long learning, valuing honesty and integrity, and always finding ways to help others. She has been married to her husband Allan for 20 years. Lynn and her husband, Allan, live in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas.

 

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 16th  Annual Economic Summit – a virtual experience- on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor. 

The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be well-known Dallas businessman and philanthropist – Trammell S. Crow. Bringing years of experience and dedication to his career and the Dallas community, Trammell will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and EARTHx. Lynn McBee, Chairman of the Board for EARTHx, will be interviewing Trammell. 

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 “Onward Dallas.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and various speakers on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme. 

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Atmos Energy as a Gold Sponsor

Comerica as a Gold Sponsor

Advocate Magazine as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Lakewood as a Silver Sponsor

 

Featured Speakers include:

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough and Dallas City Council Members Paula Blackmon, Adam Bazaldua and David Blewett.

 

Online login begins at 7:30am, and the program begins promptly at 8:00 am. The morning will include welcoming attendees to this unique event, speaker introductions and online Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to participate and ask questions from the panelists, all from the comfort of their own home. 

The 2020 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

Sponsorship Levels range from $750, $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000.  

To secure sponsorships online, visit http://www.eastdallaschamber.com, call 214-328-4100, or e-mail president@eastdallaschamber.com

This year’s attendance fees have been generously covered by our sponsors. Please register for your spot to attend this virtual event by visiting the chamber website www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling 214-328-4100. 

For more information about this year’s event, please call 214-328-4100 or visit Economic Summit

 

2020 Economic Summit Presenting Sponsor, CC Young

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Celebrating the 75th milestone anniversary, 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

Steve Moore, Chair

Brad Grist, Vice Chair I

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Mike Nurre, Immediate Past Chair

 

Michael Alcantar, Cheryl Barnes, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Ben Lauer, Elizabeth Mast, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Ramsey, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber

 

The 2020 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vick Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh

 

For more information about GEDCC, visit http://eastdallaschamber.com or contact 214-328-4100

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eastdallaschamber/

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

 

About Keynote Speaker, Trammell Crow

Trammell S. Crow is the President of the Crow Family Foundation which operates and manages the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as well as the Trammell Crow European Sculpture Garden.  Mr. Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, founder of the Trammell Crow Company, and his wife, Margaret. 

After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Crow began his career as a warehouse leasing in Denver and then transferred to Houston to develop residential subdivisions and subsequently, to lease retail space.  He returned to Dallas to join the development team of the Anatole Hotel, and later worked at the Dallas Market Center when it expanded by more than 2 million square feet.  By 1985, he developed the Dallas Communications Complex, the Studios at Las Colinas, INFOMART and the Dallas/Fort Worth Teleport.  From 1986 to 1993, Mr. Crow was the Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow International.

Trammell S. Crow is a member of the Board of Directors of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and is actively involved in Thanksgiving Square, a multi-denominational center for the promotion of gratitude and religious tolerance.

Mr. Crow is also a founder of Texas Business for Clean Air, an organization of prominent business leaders throughout Texas who are committed to matters that affect air quality in the state.

As the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), Mr. Crow has created the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving to re-shape a more sustainable future.

With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, Crow serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water.  He is also a long-term supporter of the Texas Conservation Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Log Cabin Republicans and the League of Conservation Voters.   His philanthropy benefits various nonprofit organizations that are active in family planning, education, the environment, community initiatives and political causes.

 

About Lynn McBee

As a volunteer leader in Dallas for more than 25 years, Lynn has worked more than 45,000 hours of service for more than 30 different non-profit groups. Lynn’s work has made a difference on tough issues like improving education, serving homeless, protecting children, fighting domestic violence and helping underserved students succeed in college. As a deeply engaged civic leader, Lynn has learned how to bring different stakeholders to the table, find common ground and solutions, and get everyone moving in a productive manner that gets results.

As a biochemistry grad from the University of Texas in the early 90’s, Lynn was an early hire of New England Biolabs, where she worked as a research scientist and later created partnerships to grow the company. Today, NEB is the world leader in genomic research and employs more than 500, and Lynn still serves as a manager and employee owner. 

Lynn has served more than six years as CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network, a public-private partnership that creates STEM-focused schools of choice in an all-girls setting. To date, YWPN grads have a 100% college acceptance rate – many of them first generation college goers.  Over six years as CEO, Lynn has grown revenues 300% and gained a deep understanding of how to partner with ISDs to improve student achievement. 

Lynn is best known for her leadership roles in the Dallas community and for her philanthropic endeavors. Currently, she is Chairman of the Board of The Family Place Foundation; Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association;  Co-Chair of the Coalition for a New Dallas; Co-Chair of For Oak Cliff: Co-Chair of Oakland Cemetery; AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors; The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center Board of Directors; The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Board; Dallas County Community College District Foundation Executive Board; Dedman College Executive Board at Southern Methodist University; Dallas Education Foundation Trustee; Letot Center Foundation Trustee; Chi Omega Foundation National Trustee; Children's Medical Center Foundation Trustee; the Bullock Texas State History Museum Board of Directors; the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute board at UTSW; Texas Women’s University Institute for Women’s Leadership Board; Caruth Police Institute Advisory Board; Junior League of Dallas Endowment Chair; Vickery Midtown PID and The Salvation Army Advisory Board. She is past Chairman of the Board of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, The Dallas Opera, TACA, the Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Film Society. She has served on the boards of The Trinity Park Conservancy, Texas Ballet Theater and the friends of the Texas Historical Commission. 

Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, The Dallas Assembly, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball.  She is a past President and Ball Chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and former Ball Chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. 

A native of Freeport, Texas, Lynn was raised by parents who believed in the power of education. Through her years in public school, at the University of Texas and throughout her career in biotech and as a CEO, Lynn’s has kept true to her guiding principles of life-long learning, valuing honesty and integrity, and always finding ways to help others. She has been married to her husband Allan for 20 years. Lynn and her husband, Allan, live in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas.  

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Jeremy Turner accepting Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Pictured: Kelsey, Eden, Jeremy and Rowan Turner.

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Business Awards on August 18 via a Zoom Webinar due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners for 2020 are: Business of the Year- Bowlski’s Lakewood, Meso Maya; Chairman’s Award - Dallas United Crew; Entrepreneur of the Year - Jeremy Turner (The McFly, The SLATER, The Topanga Airbnbs) ; Live Local Business of the Year - Dallas Coffee News, DELEON PROVISIONS; R. S. Munger Business Pioneer Award -Yoga-Art-Music; People’s Choice Business of the Year - CC Young; Runners-up: Dallas United Crew, Lakewood Veterinary Center.

 The award plaques were delivered to each of the winners after the presentation ended.

 Photos by Deborah Brown

 

 Full Write-up on Winners

 

Business of the Year

Bowlski’s Lakewood - Craig and Jen Spivey 

Bowlski’s Lakewood is an entertainment center in the historic Lakewood movie theater.  10 bowling lanes were installed that were removed from a closed bowling alley in Mineola, Texas.  In the balcony area, floors were leveled and 4 pool tables were added along with vintage and current arcade games, a private game suite, and a golf simulator.  The projector room was turned into a speakeasy style bar.  

The employees and management all live in East Dallas.  They work with the schools, churches, organizations, and businesses in the area to host their events, fundraisers, and team building events.  And they host “tons” of birthday parties too for East Dallas families.  

The Lakewood Theater and tower was dark for many years before Bowlski's moved back into the area.  Bowlski's saved the Lakewood Theater from being divided into multiple businesses.  

Earlier this year, Bowlski’s won a Dallas Preservation Award for interior finish out of the theater and were on the cover of International Bowling magazine in December 2019.

It is a one of a kind environment if you have not seen it! Exposed bowling machines, suspended on a steel frame, with a live music stage above the bowling lanes. 

Owner Craig Spivey designed and built Bowlski's along with lots of ideas and suggestions from friends and families. He has a graphic design background and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  This is his third bowling alley and it was really fun to work within the restrictions of the historical classification of the theater and the importance it has to the community.   

This covid has been really difficult on Bowlski's since they just opened in August 2019. Craig and his family are all working hard to keep the tower lights on every night. He launched a new site to support local businesses, called saveneighborhoodrestaurants.com that focuses on East Dallas businesses, and recently launched a gofundme to help fix up the shopping center fountain. 

He has lived in East Dallas since 1996 and currently lives Parks Estates where his front yard is lit up with the Lakewood Theater tower lights!  He is a member at Lakewood Country Club and both children attended Saint Thomas Aquinas and his daughter is now at Bishop Lynch High School.   

 

Business of the Year
Meso Maya – Jesus Yerena

Meso Maya has been bringing authentic, interior Mexican cuisine to the Lakewood area since 2016. From the herbs and spices used for homemade adobos and salsas, to hand-ground tortillas, to the entrees and sauces created from scratch, every dish is prepared with a reverence to the states of Mexico—glorious places like Yucatan, Vera Cruz, and Chiapas. 

Meso Maya Lakewood has been open and serving the Lakewood community throughout the pandemic, transforming its operations to accommodate our guests' needs. Meso Maya has been named "Best Regional Mexican" by D Magazine in 2015, 2018 and 2019. The Lakewood location specifically was named "Best Mexican" by the Lakewood Advocate in 2019. The Meso Maya Lakewood staff live and work in the Lakewood area. 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jeremy Turner

The McFly, The SLATER, The Topanga Airbnbs 

Jeremy Turner creates unique and original small businesses in East Dallas. His most famous is the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop which has been an east Dallas staple for the last 7 years. It was featured on Good Morning America and Sunday night football. Nightline and ABC World news even did a segment on their unique hiring policy applicants are required to send a video of their favorite dance moves when they scaled to 3 stores and needed to hire jolly employees very quickly.

Now, he is pivoting to focus more on unique and experiential airbnbs. He has created the first ever 80's and 90's kid airbnbs and they are like walking into an immersive and experiential time capsule. They searched far and wide to curate spaces that create a nostalgic feeling. 

For Jeremy, it is actually like making art as they are original and his intent is to change the way guests feel when they are in his airbnbs. Guests feel like they are kids again. He has been featured in both local and national press. 

These original small businesses are part of the fabric of great places to live and visit. He has had countless guests thank him for making these immersive airbnb's that take them back to their carefree days of childhood. We all want to have unique experiences that help us feel more alive and joyful.

These reviews from recent guests might explain this better...

"AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!" -Courtney's review, The Topanga

"BEST.AIR BNB. EVER." Melissa's review, The SLATER

"We will be talking and thinking about this place forever!" Crystal's review, The SLATER

"By far the best airbnb in Dallas! Edgar's review, The McFly

"The magic you feel when you walk in the place is out of this world!" Kaytie's review, The Topanga

"The best experience ever."  Malcolm's review, The SLATER 


His wife Kelsey is an Art Teacher for DISD and she is a huge part of all his successes. She has done murals in each of the airbnbs and has also created the logos. 

Jeremy and his family have lived in East Dallas for over 10 years and love it so much he owns the domain loveeastdallas.com. 

 

R. S. Munger Pioneer Business of the Year

Yoga-Art-Music – Y.A.M. 
Jen and Trey Johnson

In 2019, Yoga-Art-Music – Y.A.M. opened to help enhance culture in East Dallas, and to help ensure that the reopening of the Lakeridge Village Shopping Center, located on Walnut Hill at Audelia, was a great success in reflecting a community focus. 

Y.A.M. is a community center- unique for our area. They offer daily yoga classes, display and sell local art, have live music performances, and rent their space for special events. Jen oversees the yoga, Trey and Jen curate the art, as art is something we have loved enjoying together for over 30 years and Trey oversees the music. 

But their legacy in Dallas goes much further back. Trey has been performing in Dallas since 1985 and was a Dallas music instructor for many years, and now owns state fair records which supports many Dallas musicians (including lake highlands John Pedigo and east Dallas Joshua Ray Walker), and curates music for the State Fair of Texas. 

In 2001, Jen along with her brother Kurt founded the nationally recognized yoga system, American Power Yoga in a studio on Greenville Avenue across from Old Town Shopping Center. It was one of the first yoga studios in East Dallas. Students and instructors were trained in the revolutionary APY method, spawning thousands of yoga enthusiasts. 

Y.A.M. was established in 2019 and was growing steadily in the first year of business. Yoga classes are in the daytime and the studio is open in the evenings for events and a variety of entertainment including musical groups, singers, and comedians. It is BYOB and closes at 11 p.m. so makes a fun evening for the community to come and enjoy and get home early! 

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way they operate. They quickly pivoted all their services virtually and even offer special packages to companies that want to enhance their corporate culture. They now provide Yoga in the park, drive-in movie night, live virtual classes, YAM Cam, virtual art, and virtual concerts. 

The yoga-art-music concept is unique – no other similar venue bringing all 3 of these arts together under one roof. They help the community by elevating and providing income to local yoga teachers, artists, and musicians. They hosted a Give Back day where east Dallas local non-profits have a booth to educate the community about how they can help east Dallas (i.e., Love of the Lake, East Lake Pet Orphanage (ELPO), Zounds Sounds - way into music!). 

They have lived in the Lake Highlands area for over 20 years and have two children.

 

 

Chairman’s Award

Dallas United Crew – Dave Slear and Lisa Miller 

Dallas United Crew's mission is to UNITE and EMPOWER DALLAS through Rowing and Dragon Boating.  DUC is the only inclusive rowing organization in the southern region through its programs and scholarships for disadvantaged youth, wheelchair veterans and breast cancer survivors.  DUC was established in 2002 and since then has become the premiere rowing and dragon boating program not only in Texas but in the region. With over 300 participants in their programs annually, they are also the largest club in the State of Texas.  

DUC’s rowers and paddlers are known regionally and nationally. DUC youth won 16 regional championships and qualified for nationals for five consecutive years. Their student athletes are actively recruited by colleges and awarded scholarships around the US.  And they have sent rowers to the United States National Team.  They equip students for success on and off the water with abundant life lessons learned in a racing shell: accountability, resilience, integrity and perseverance. Currently, 150+ middle and high school student athletes from 35 DFW area schools participate in the youth programs. 

Dallas United Crew gives back to the East Dallas Community with numerous programs:

ROW DALLAS, a partnership with DISD, along with Gaston Middle School and Townview High School, designed to get help children succeed on and off the water.  
FREE COMMUNITY ROW and PADDLE EVENTS

FREE VETERAN AND ADAPTIVE ROWING programs

DUC is an important steward of White Rock Lake. They have received multiple awards from For the Love of the Lake for our shoreline clean up efforts.  You can find DUC youth and adults out every second Saturday doing their part to preserve White Rock Lake.  And DUC is routinely involved in different activities around the lake, manning tents and offering support.  Taking care of ‘their home’ at White Rock Lake is one of their most important tasks.

 

Live Local Business of the Year

DELEON PROVISIONS – Kam And Teri De Leon

 

DELEON PROVISIONS is an East Dallas food company that was founded in 2019 by Kam and Teri De Leon. As working parents they understand how busy life can get; it’s hard to balance everything and still get quality delicious food on the table for your favorite people. They deliver scratch made meals and snacks Monday – Friday as well as baked goods from local bakeries. 

They frequently give their time and talents to East Dallas neighborhoods, but it is often hard to know where Kam and Teri end and DELEON PROVISIONS begins. They are frequently called upon to donate or subsidize meals and events for local schools and nonprofits. They are always happy to work with the folks to stretch their budget, make donations, and sponsor their events.

When the Chamber’s  LIVE LOCAL EAST DALLAS sign campaign was announced, they launched THE LOCAL BOX which is a premium version of their signature grazing boxes and features specialty items from five local craft food artisans: Charlie’s Treats, Hippos and Hashbrowns, The Jelly Queens, Village Bakery; and Wackyms Kitchen.

They have been East Dallas residents for 16 years and have become fully involved in the life of the community through connections with church, school and local organizations.

They are active members at White Rock United Methodist Church and Kam manages The Garden at White Rock, the community garden on the church campus. Chef Teri serves as a local celebrity judge at the annual Fraternal Order of Eagles BBQ cookoff benefiting the North Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Of all their community activities, they are most proud of the work we’ve done volunteering at Alex Sanger Preparatory where their two boys attend school. Since 2013 they have actively served on the PTA and various school committees, including the site based decision management team (SBDM ) which oversaw the bond package for the middle school new building.

 

Live Local Business of the Year
Dallas Coffee News - Adam Jochelson

Dallas Coffee News is a weekly entertainment newspaper providing fun reading at restaurants for families when they're out together. It also provides a budget-friendly advertising for local businesses. 

Their motto is "Here to Enrich Our Community" and regularly promote community events that  neighbors can each other and enjoy, and especially promote events organized by the police community outreach team. They also sponsor several local business networking groups. 

Dallas Coffee News was awarded the Best In Action Coffee News publisher worldwide in 2018. This meant that in the opinion of our fellow Coffee News publishers across the globe, they were the best at getting out and doing good in our communities. 

Coffee News itself is an internationally recognized entertainment and advertising phenomenon for over 30 years. Dallas Coffee News carries on the beloved tradition of printed newspapers.  

Everyone in the group lives in East Dallas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People’s Choice Business of the Year

CC Young – Russell Crews

 

2020, a year of such promise, took an unexpected turn with the arrival of COVID-19 in March. 

More than 100 years earlier, CC Young’s founder, Rev. Christopher Conley Young, was at the pulpit in 1918 when the Spanish Flu pandemic arrived in Dallas. He was quoted in area newspapers encouraging all individuals to find alternative ways to worship while the churches were closed.  Like Rev. Young, CC Young has found alternate ways to do everything. Life goes on. Hope is not canceled at CC Young. In fact, in spite of it all, the campus is thriving.

As such, we are pleased to present CC Young with the 2020 People’s Choice Business Award in recognition of your commitment to those you serve and continuation of Rev. Young’s mission and ministry in East Dallas.

Runners-up: Dallas United Crew, Lakewood Veterinary Center.

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DSOL board member Carole Ann Brown, DSO Vice President of Development James Leffler, DSOL President Kim Brannon, DSO President & CEO Kim Noltemy, DSOL incoming President Anne Ligon, DSO Director of Volunteer Services Allison Brodnax.

“Because of the dedication of the Board of Directors, League members, and generous donors, I am pleased to announce that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will be making a gift of $954,722 to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Education and Outreach initiatives,” said League President Kim Brannon. 

With pandemic restrictions in place, Kim ended her year as President through a Zoom video call with the board members to make the announcement of the gift and the turnover of leadership to the new President Anne Ligon. Kim held up the gavel for all to see which will later be given in person. The call was held on Wednesday, May 13 at the exact time their normal annual meeting would have been held.  

“It has been the privilege of my lifetime to serve as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2019-2020 President,” said Kim. 

An hour later, DSO President & CEO Kim Noltemy arrived at her home for the check exchange and board members surprised her with a drive by parade. The members kept 6 feet social distancing requirements while driving by in their cars decorated with festive signs and balloons. DSO Trumpet player Kevin Finnamore made a surprise visit and played a brief celebratory serenade from the sidewalk. 

The League’s success resulted from the fundraisers held earlier in the year which included Fashion Notes, the Presentation Ball, and the Junior Symphony Ball. A final fundraiser Savor the Symphony was a seated wine dinner planned to be held in April, but was transformed into an online raffle.   

 

Photos by Deborah Brown