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Bronwyn Lee Cordiak - Photo By James French Photography

Bronwyn Lee Cordiak represented the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League in the Austin 64th Annual Jewel Ball on September 22, 2018 at the Palmer Events Center. The Jewel Ball honors families throughout the state who have contributed significantly to their respective Symphony Orchestras. Sponsored by the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, proceeds from the event benefit educational and music appreciation programs.

Bronwyn is the daughter of Mr. Robert Brian Cordiak and Mrs. Kristin Simcox Cordiak, is a Junior at Texas Christian University where she is pursuing a degree in Finance. She was presented at the DSOL Ball in February 2018. She is DSOL Assembly Representative, a Junior Member of The Slipper Club of Dallas, and a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Texas Christian University.

Bronwyn is an active FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) Young Rider competitor in United States Dressage Federation and United States Equestrian Federation national and international dressage competitions. She enjoys training and competing horses, playing basketball and traveling.

 

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Dianne Etheredge and Meagan Etheredge Sells

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is pleased to announce the Honorary Co-Chairs for the Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show are Dianne Etheredge and her daughter Meagan Etheredge Sells. The event will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas. Lela Rose, the Dallas raised, New York City-based fashion designer, will be the recipient of the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award. . Amy Turner is Chairman of the fundraiser and Lisa Loy Laughlin is the DSOL President.

Dianne Etheredge has been a longtime supporter of the DSO and DSOL. She served on the board of the DSOL in many capacities and is a past President and past Presentation Ball Chair. She is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Charity, a member of The Dallas Woman’s Club and The Dallas Garden Club.  Dianne is a Registered Interior Designer (RID) and President of Etheredge Design Associates, Inc.  She is a Professional Member and Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers Texas Chapter, an American Society of Interior Designers National Medalist, a Council for Interior Design Accreditation Site Visitor, a member of the Board of Visitors to the School of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University as well as an Advisor to the School of Interior Design at Texas Christian University.  For many years, Dianne has been a member of Bible Study Fellowship and First Baptist Dallas.

Meagan Etheredge Sells is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and The Junior Group of the Dallas Garden Club. She is a past DSOL Debutante and represented Dallas at the Jewel Ball Presentation in Austin. She is also a former Idlewild Debutante. Meagan enjoys involvement with The Birthday Party Project, The North Texas Food Bank Food 4 Kids Program, The Women’s Auxiliary at Community Partners of Dallas, Children’s Medical Center, Bible Study Fellowship, First Baptist Dallas and her daughters’ schools.

As Chairman of Fashion Notes, Amy Turner will lead the campaign in support of quality outreach programs benefiting children of all ages. As a mother and former middle school teacher in Highland Park ISD, Amy understands the importance of education and opening doors to all children served. Her leadership in the Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball and Cattle Baron's Ball among others raises awareness and critical funds for children in need of all ages. 

Fashion Notes begins with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show and live auction topped off with a delicious lunch. Fashions will be provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The luncheon is underwritten by The Fairmont Dallas. Sponsorships are $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500. Individual Tickets are $500 and $300. For information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com or 214-871-4004.

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Event co-chair Betty Richie, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and event co-chair JoAnn Jenkins.

Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated annually for over 20 years with a program by a local Dallas women’s organization, Women’s Issues Network (WIN). Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. The group celebrated the 98th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall on August 22.

Over 150 women attended wearing white to represent the women suffragists who campaigned for women’s voting rights. The history of that campaign is kept alive annually on Women’s Equality Day because there are still many battles to be fought for women’s equality.

The event is only an hour long so that the City Council members can attend on their lunch break. Mayor Rawlings sported a white jacket and other Council members wore white showing their support including Jennifer Staubach Gates, Sandy Greyson, and Rickey Callahan. Other elected officials wearing white were State Representatives Toni Rose, Yvonne Davis and Victoria Neave, and County Commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia.

The event was chaired by Betty Richie and JoAnn Jenkins. Ann Moy and Brent Berryman are the Co-Presidents of WIN.

Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.

Until the passage of the Amendment, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.

Proclamations were read and followed by a brief program “Turning The Page” with featured speakers Jan Sanders, The Honorable Tina Yoo Clinton, The Honorable Dominique Collins, and Monica Lira Bravo. They are four outstanding ladies from the community who shared their stories about the struggles and hardships endured to achieve the success they have today.

Attendees ranged in age from 4 years old – Miss Lyda Wood was accompanied by her grandmother Diane Tasian – to 100 year old Eleanor Sutherland.

Women’s Equality Day Sponsors were: American Association of University Women-Dallas, Dallas Women’s Foundation, BURRs, Dallas County Democratic Party, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.— Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Federally Employed Women-Dallas Area Chapter, Hispanis Heritage Ambassadors – DFW Powerful Women Committee, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Jane’s Due Process, Junior League of Dallas, League of Women Voters-Collin County, League of Women Voters of Dallas, League of Women Voters of Irving, Martha Tiller Company, Barbara Materka, National Council of Jewish Women— Greater Dallas, Our Friends Place, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Judith Shure, South East Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Southwest Jewish Congress, Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, The Afiya Center, United Nations Association-Dallas Chapter, Women’s Council of Dallas County, Women Organizing Women (WOW) Democrats, Women’s Issues Network, ZONTA Club of Dallas. 

Women’s Equality Day Supporters were: AGE - The Senior Source, Amnesty International - Dallas Chapter, Dallas Women's Coalition, Joanna Cattanach for Texas State House District 108, International Women's Day-Dallas, La Voz del Ancianos, League of Women Voters - Richardson Chapter, Media Projects, Inc., North Dallas National Organization of Women, Peacemakers, Inc., Red Bags for Our Sisters, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program, Veteran Feminists of America, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor, Words of Women.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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2.Committee members for A Passion for Gardens 12th Annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon.

 

 

A Passion for Gardens
12th Annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon
Presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum

 

Committee members kicked off the planning for A Passion for Gardens 12th Annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon. The meeting was graciously hosted by committee member Julia Grace in her home on August 14.The fundraising event is presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. It is an annual Fall Fundraiser which has presented outstanding authors and speakers with extensive knowledge in the histories of garden design, architecture and art, and stories of extraordinary individuals and events. 

Women’s Council President Linda Spina provided a warm welcome to the more than 20 committee members attending and gave an update on work throughout the summer. Barbara Hunt Crow, Honorary Chairman for the event, is taking an active role and was in attendance. 

Event chair Michelle Mew initiated a “get to know you” ice breaker asking each member to share information from a prepared list of questions including “What is the one thing most people do not know about you?” There were so many interesting responses and the committee members had an entertaining time learning more about each other. 

Plans for the event include an exclusive “Meet the Authors” Reception for Sponsors and Patrons on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in an elegant Highland Park residence. The home has already been selected and will be an unforgettable evening for those in attendance. 

Program chair Dorothea Meltzer gave insight and background on the 2018 program which will feature Carolyne Roehm, internationally recognized style icon and gardener extraordinaire, and Colta Ives, renowned art historian and landscape designer. Several of the committee members had visited New York City during the  summer and saw Colta’s most recent exhibit at the Met. 

Silent auction chairs Giana dePaul and Julia Grace are planning to provide an extensive selection of items for all interests including restaurant gift cards, decorative household pieces and gardening themed items. 

Also in attendance were Nancy Connor, Liz Respess, Karen Sandlin, Lola Sims, Char Sutherlin, Patricia Cowlishaw, Margaret LaRocca, Joanie Stephens, Eleanor Casey, Regina Bruce, Jessica Horn, Lisa Meyer, and Nancy Connor. 

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development and maintenance of "A Woman's Garden," the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  “A Woman's Garden” celebrates the strength, ingenuity, creativity and determination of all women. It is a centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 

Sponsorships
Sponsor Underwriting Levels for “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon are $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Individual Patron tickets are $1,500, $1,000, $500, and $250. Individual tickets are $150 per person for Symposium and Luncheon and $125 per person for Symposium Only.

Information is available at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org.

 

For further information:

Michelle Mew, Event Chair, 214-236-2564 or mmew1111@aol.com,

Mary Ellen Winborn, Reservations Chair, 214-369-2246 or mewinborn@sbcglobal.net.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Betty Richie and Joann Jenkins.

Advocacy for women’s rights and equality have been a lifetime endeavor for Betty Richie and JoAnn Jenkins. Each grew up in nurturing homes and married men who treated them as equals. As they entered the working world, they found much discrimination against women and both set out to help pave the way for future generations of women.

Betty Richie came from a rural northwest Texas community. When ran for a public office she was the first woman to do so in that area. Discrimination was rampant and she was discouraged from running because she “should be at home cooking dinner for her family.” The negative views and comments did not stop her. She did not win the race, but she was determined to work for women’s equal rights. She moved to Dallas and found many like-minded women with similar interests. Although the discrimination was not as severe as the rural area she came from, she found there was still a long way to go for equal rights. She could not even open a bank account without her husband’s signature. 

JoAnn Jenkins entered the working world when she got out school and eventually worked in a male dominated office with just a few women. In meetings, the men readily voiced agreement with each other and the women’s voices were hardly heard. It was frustrating for her and she was determined to help make changes of how women were treated. Her husband was politically oriented and helped her find ways to express herself and have her voice be heard.

Betty and JoAnn met through Women’s Issues Network (WIN). Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. The pair are co-chairs for the Women's Equality Day celebration at Dallas City Hall on August 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive.

The event has been celebrated annually by WIN for over 20 years. More than 100 women wearing white will descend upon City Hall for the program. White garments represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote, keeping their memory alive.

Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920. 

Until that time, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children. 

Women’s Equality day will include a Proclamation recognizing the 98th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day given by Mayor Rawlings, the City Council, and County Commissioners, and others.

It will be followed by a program “Turning The Page” with featured speakers Jan Sanders, The Honorable Tina Yoo Clinton, The Honorable Dominique Collins, and Monica Lira Bravo. They are four outstanding ladies from our community who will share their stories about the struggles and hardships endured to achieve the success they have today. The event is open to the public.

Ann Moy and Brent Berryman are the co-Presidents of WIN.

Sponsors for this event are: American Association of University Women-Dallas, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.— Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Federally Employed Women-Dallas Area Chapter, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Jane’s Due Process, Junior League of Dallas, League of Women Voters-Collin County, League of Women Voters of Dallas, League of Women Voters of Irving, Barbara Materka, Martha Tiller Company, Marilyn Mauthe, Mujeres Poderosas/Powerful Women DFW, National Council of Jewish Women— Greater Dallas Section, Our Friends Place, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Judith Shure, South East Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Southwest Jewish Congress, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, The Afiya Center, United Nations Association-Dallas Chapter, Women’s Council of Dallas County, Women Organizing Women (WOW) Democrats, Women’s Issues Network, ZONTA Club of Dallas.

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Event chair Eleanor McClendon Bond with Carla Leffert, Presentation Ball Chair.

Tuxedos and cocktail dresses were the attire for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s debutantes Casino Party held at the Belo Mansion on July 25. The debs, honor guard, and their families had a delicious buffet dinner, casino games, and dancing with live music.

The event was chaired by Eleanor McClendon Bond. Presentation Ball Chair is Carla Leffert and DSOL President is Lisa Loy Laughlin.  

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2018-2019 Debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities May 31-June 2. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 33rd Presentation Ball, which will be held February 9, 2019.  

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 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.

 

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Carolyne Roehm

Lifestyle Expert and 1980’s fashion designer Carolyne Roehm will be the keynote speaker for the 12th Annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon A Passion for Gardens. The event is presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. 

“A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium is an annual Fall Fundraiser which has presented outstanding authors and speakers with extensive knowledge in the histories of garden design, architecture and art, and stories of extraordinary individuals and events. The program will also feature Colta Ives, renowned art historian and landscape designer. 

Longtime supporter of the Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas community, Barbara Hunt Crow, will be the Honorary Chairman. Michelle Mew is the event chair and Linda Spina is the Women’s Council President. 

An exclusive “Meet the Authors” Reception for Sponsors and Patrons is planned for Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6 PM to 8 PM in a private residence.

Sponsor Underwriting Levels for “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon are $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Individual Patron tickets are $1,500, $1,000, $500, and $250. Individual tickets are $150 per person for Symposium and Luncheon and $125 per person for Symposium Only.

Information is available at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org.

Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades with a career spanning the fashion, gardening, decorative arts, entertaining and publishing worlds. Finding a mentor in Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne worked alongside the couture great for 10 years before launching her own fashion house in 1985. A discerning eye and a passion for beauty lead her into the world of flowers and gardening, where her books are often referred to as the best in their field. Subsequent entertaining and interiors titles cemented her position as one of America’s premier lifestyle experts.  

A former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, with appearances in both the Who’s Who of Women in America and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, she was honored by Manolo Blahnik with a shoe in her name and, in a fitting tribute, design legend Bill Blass labeled Carolyne, “The Ultimate Tastemaker.”  

Regardless of the medium, Carolyne’s unerring eye and innate sense of style have turned out timeless products including clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, and fragrance. 

The author of twelve books including At Home in the Garden, A Passion for Flowers, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, and the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Notebook Series, Carolyne’s mission is to teach others how to capture and create beauty in their lives, in both the everyday and the out of the ordinary.  

Her new book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread by Carolyne Roehm, Rizzoli, 2018 will be released October 2, 2018.

During her long career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Colta Ives has organized over 20 exhibitions and authored nearly as many scholarly books on artists and art, mainly of the nineteenth century, among which are the titles: Daumier Drawings, The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, The Lure of the Exotic: Gauguin in New York Collections, The Graphic Art of Pierre Bonnard, and Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings. Colta has lectured on these topics and others at the invitation of museums across America and also in France and Australia. She has conducted seminars at New York University and at Columbia University, her alma mater, from which she holds graduate degrees in both Art History and Landscape Design.

Following her retirement from the Metropolitan Museum with the title Curator Emerita, Colta was invited to return to the Museum as a guest curator to mount an exhibition she conceived on the historic botanical boom of the nineteenth century and its effect on French art, culture, and gardening practices. That exhibition, shown at the Museum in New York from March through July 2018, was the realization of her book published earlier this year, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence.

Colta is a life-long amateur botanist and experimental gardener at her woodland retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.                              

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development and maintenance of "A Woman's Garden," the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women, and dedicated to the spirit of women.  “A Woman's Garden” celebrates the strength, ingenuity, creativity and determination of all women. It is a centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 

For further information:

Michelle Mew, Event Chair, 214-236-2564 or mmew1111@aol.com

Mary Ellen Winborn, Reservations Chair, 214-369-2246 or mewinborn@sbcglobal.net

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

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Event chairs Susan McCormick and Diana Burns with Presentation Ball Chair Carla Leffert and event chair Julie Kup

Summer has been filled with festivities for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutantes in advance of the 33rd Annual Presentation Ball scheduled for February 9, 2019 at the Meyerson Symphony Hall.  

The debutantes attended a Dads and Debs Brunch on July 15 at the Dallas Country Club. Each dad and each debutante shared a special memory of each other. There were joyous and heartfelt stories given. 

A brief special musical performance was given by Young Strings member Felicitas Carro Alonzo. Proceeds from the Presentation Ball will benefit the education and community outreach programs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra including the Young Strings program. 

The event was chaired by Diana Burns, Julie Kupp and Susan McCormick. Carla Leffert is the Presentation Ball Chair and Lisa Loy Laughlin is the DSOL President. Honorary Chairs are Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.

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Gabriel and Ann Barbier-Mueller (Photo by Haynsworth Photography)

Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller will serve as Honorary Chairs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 33rd Annual Presentation Ball which will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. They are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community.  

Dallas-born Ann Barbier-Mueller Swiss-born Gabriel Barbier-Mueller have three grown children, Alexis, Niña, and Oliver.  Daughter Niña is a former debutante and sons Alexis and Oliver served in the Honor Guard. Ann has been involved in a multitude of community organizations, including serving as the past Ball Chair of the Dallas Museum of Art, past Luncheon Chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, past Luncheon Chair of the National Kidney Foundation and past Luncheon Chair of Family Gateway. She is currently on the Board of TACA, the Board of Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and is a past Board of Trustees Member of the DMA and the DSO.

Ann and Gabriel have established The Samurai Collection, one of the most complete and largest array of samurai armor in the world displayed in the only museum outside of Japan. The Samurai Collection is one of the few museums in Dallas that is free and open to the public for the Dallas community and its families to enjoy.

Gabriel is the founder and CEO of Harwood International. Mr. Barbier-Mueller’s signature development is the award-winning District of Harwood in Uptown Dallas as well as his growing portfolio of properties and development projects in London, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Geneva, and Paris.

Gabriel is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and is the Legacy Chairman of the Business Council for the Arts. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Switzerland for North Texas and is serving on the board of SMU’s Cox School of Business, past Executive Council Member of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and past Board Member of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin (’04 – ‘07) and past Board of Trustees Member of the Dallas Museum of Art. Gabriel is a former member of the Dallas-Lone Star Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and an active member of both World President’s Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive Organization (CEO).  He holds an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Crawford Brock, DSOL President Lisa Loy Laughlin, designer Mackenzie Brittingham, Presentation Ball Chair Carla Leffert.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2018-19 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities May 31-June 2. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 33rd Presentation Ball, which will be held February 9, 2019. 

Announcement Weekend began with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, May 31. On Saturday, Stanley Korshak hosted a couture gown show featuring the gowns of designer Mackenzie Brittingham. To conclude the weekend, Croquet at the Club was held at the Maridoe Golf Club on Saturday evening. 

The Presentation Ball Chair is Carla Leffert and DSOL President is Lisa Loy Laughlin. Both know well what to expect during the debutante season well. Carla has had two daughters make their debut and Lisa is a past Presentation Ball Chair. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 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 mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $16 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 Deborah Brown