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Debutantes: Avery Levoyer, Mary Kumpf, Izzy Keene, Annalea Pedigo, Isabella Cox, Allie McWhorter, Sara Tacito, Maddy Duvall, Grace Olson, Audrey Berner

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes were honored at the Honor Guard Polo Cup held at the Prestonwood Polo Club on June 23. Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages, the debs, honor guard, and their families viewed the polo games from the pavilion, enjoying halftime champagne and a traditional divot stomp.

The season of events for the debutantes will culminate with the 34th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 8, 2020. Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. James Gilmore are the Honorary Chairs. Melissa Lewis is the Presentation ball Chairman and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President.

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 DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $19 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

 

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Access To Capital
Class For Small Businesses

Monday, July 22, 2019  
5pm - 6pm

White Rock United Methodist Church
1450 Old Gate Lane - Dallas, TX 75218

Need capital to grow, or expand your small business?

Join us for an information-packed, one-hour class providing practical information that can provide access to the funding you need to reach your business potential.

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Questions? Contact GEDCC
president@eastdallaschamber.org

New Grant-Subsidized Program Announced To Assist
East Dallas Entrepreneurs Access Capital

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) announced that it will be hosting Innovative Capital Strategies, Inc. (ICS), a Tyler, TX-based small business advisory firm, to present monthly Access To Capital classes for small business owners with an emphasis on underutilized and overlooked sources of funding available, even to start ups and entrepreneurs with poor personal credit.

According to Thomas Montgomery, MHA, MBA, Business Professor at Tyler Junior College and co-founder of ICS, “ICS was formed with the input of local business bankers, lenders, SBDC Advisors, and SCORE Mentors to solve a key issue faced by most small businesses—access to capital. While valuable resources and lenders certainly exist in our community, there is a significant gap of knowledge and lack of access to capital for these small businesses as most resources and funding tend to focus on larger and more “bankable” clients. ICS is thrilled to present this educational curriculum to members of the GEDCC and the East Dallas business community starting on July 22nd with the goal of assisting small business owners to start and grow businesses, resulting in new jobs, a larger tax base and a stronger community.”

On July 22nd, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host ICS to conduct a free, one-hour Access to Capital class held at the White Rock United Methodist Church.

Key topics covered will include:
• Learn the secrets of building business credit under your EIN without the use of personal credit.
• Become aware of the 27 most common mistakes that keep small businesses from accessing capital.
• Gain familiarity in grant-subsidized programming available to help small businesses access capital through special programs and resources including:
? Business credit-based sources of capital that do NOT use your personal credit/SSN.
? Business loans, evens for start-ups, that do NOT report on your personal credit reports.
? SBA loan programs only requiring a 165 FICO for approval that is available for start-ups and fund in only 15 days.
? Low interest business loans that fund in just five days with very relaxed underwriting requirements.
? Free assistance building a lender-compliant loan package.

For pre-launch businesses, a subsequent class is taught immediately after the Access to Capital class to provide guidance on how to effectively set-up and start a new business.

All participants will have access to enroll in ICS’ Capital Ready Package program, where they are assisted with building their Dun & Bradstreet and Experian Business credit profiles, establishing a strong PAYDEX and Intelliscores rating, and improving their FICO SBSS which is used for many business loan applications. With personal assistance, participants will be guided through the process to qualify for capital under their EIN without the use of personal credit or guarantees. Additionally, each participant in the Capital Ready Package is assigned a designated Finance Officer to assist in identifying additional sources of capital for the entrepreneur based upon their circumstances. While the grant-subsidized program is one year in duration, most participants will receive initial access to capital within the first thirty (30) days of participation and all are guaranteed access to at least $100,000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Entrepreneurs interested in attending an Access To Capital class can call the EDC at 903-473-2465 or directly register via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gedcc-access-to-capital-class-07222019-tickets-64301354081 .

DISCLOSURE: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will receive from BCLI $50 per attendee that enrolls in the “Capital Ready Package,” offered through Innovative Capital Strategies. This is a voluntary program is separate from the free “Access To Capital” classes.
DISCLAIMER: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (“GEDCC”) is not acting in any capacity relating to SBA funding or the securing of same. GEDCC is purely providing a forum for a small business education seminar hosted by BCLI. GEDCC does not control the seminar or its curriculum, whether SBA related or otherwise. Per-participant monies earned by GEDCC are purely for providing a forum for small business education, regardless of content, whether SBA related or not, and whether any SBA or other funding is sought or promised. GEDCC makes no promises as to the curriculum or its efficacy, makes no guarantee that any participant will receive any funding from any source at any time, and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or efficacy of the information or instruction provided in the seminar or otherwise from BCLI or any other party.

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DSOL 2019-2020 Debutantes and Honor Guard.

The Maridoe Golf Club hosted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes and Honor Guard on June 20 for an evening of croquet. On hand were members of the Dallas Croquet Association to provide lessons from the experts.

It was hosted by Albert and Mary Huddelston, owners of Maridoe, a sanctuary from urban life. The golf club is located in Carrollton on 212 acres of Blackland prairie, surrounding the most extensive private lake in Dallas County. 

The event was chaired by Mari Epperson. Melissa Lewis is the Presentation ball Chair and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President. 

The evening is one of many season events leading up to the 34thAnnual Presentation Ball which will be held on February 8, 2020 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. 

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 DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $17 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

Key to photos

 

1 group of debs and honor guard

2 3 Amanda, Beth and Brint Ryan

4 Julia Tribolet and Beth Ryan

5 Beverly and Steve ??

6 Tiffany and Wade Jones – daughter Kate could not make it

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Scott and AB Aston with founder Clyde Jackson.

Friends and supporters gathered in the home of AB and Scott Aston for a reception and presentation on the Imbirikani Girls High School (IGS) in Kenya given by the Neema-Huruma Foundation in Dallas. In Swahili, Neema-Huruma means grace and mercy.

The foundation raises funds for the school which was founded by Clyde and Betsy Jackson in 2006 to provide education to Maasai children living in the Imbirikani Group Ranch area of southwest Kenya. 98% of girls in the area do not have educational opportunities after primary school so they enter into early marriages at ages 14-15 and are subjected to a life of child bearing and hard physical labor carrying wood and water. Continuing education for these girls provides a promising future. The school which is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) opened with 40 students and now has capacity for 300.

The school is now rated number 6 out of 26 schools in the region based on recent national test results. This academic advance has resulted in several major achievements: 100 new students in the freshman class, 10 of the graduates qualified for sponsorship from Kenyan Universities, and the reputation of the school has soared.

“Our goal is to elevate the girls’ lives,” said Jackson. “The Imbirikani Girls High School provides the education that is desperately needed by the young women of the Maasai tribe and other tribes. Parents from as far away as Kisumu, Nairobi, and Mombasa are sending their daughters now to IGS for its reputation for excellent academics and Godly character building.”

While donations for any amount are appreciated, there are immediate areas where help is needed. $750 would cover a one year scholarship for a girl’s tuition, room and board and a uniform. The Foundation provided photos and biographies of individual girls that could be “adopted” and several guests made donations to cover the one year cost.

Additional fundraising goals are $20,000 for library materials, $15,000 for construction of 2 new classrooms for the church, $15,000 additional rooms for the primary school, and $35,000 for solar power lights – all in need of replacement.

The public is also encouraged to support the Imbirikani Girls High School. Donations can be made by mail or online. By Mail: Make checks payable to: Highland Park Presbyterian Church-Kenya School or to Neema-Huruma Foundation and mail to: Clyde Jackson – 600 N. Pearl, Suite 650, L.B. 149 – Dallas TX 75201. Donate online via secure server: www.nhkenya.org. Click on the “Donate Now” button.

Neema-Huruma Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Donations will be processed through HPPC or directly through the Dallas offices at Neema-Huruma Foundation. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent.   

Further information about the Imbirikani Girls High School and the Neema-Huruma Foundation is available at www.nhkenya.org.

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2019-2020 DSOL Debutantes

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2019-2020 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities held June 6-8. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 34th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 8, 2020. 

The weekend began with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, June 6. On Friday, June 7, Stanley Korshak hosted a couture gown show featuring the gowns of designer Mackenzie Brittingham. On Saturday the 8th, Neiman Marcus hosted a brunch and gown show.  

The Honorary Chairs for the 2020 Presentation Ball were announced and recognized at the Announcement Party: Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. James Gilmore. They are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. Their two daughters Laura and Jane Gilmore are former debutantes and their son John Gilmore served as an honor guard. 

The Presentation Ball Chair is Melissa Lewis and DSOL President is Kim Brannon. Melissa knows well what to expect during the debutante season. Her daughter Olivia made her debut in 2015. 

The formal announcement of the debutantes by Roger Gault went flawlessly with the help of the many committee members who worked behind the scenes. Heather Moore and Kendra Averitt coached the debutantes and the honor guard in the staging area. 

The 2019-2020 debutantes are: Emily Baschab, Audrey Berner, Isabella Cox, Grace Crenshaw, Gracie Davis, Maddy Duvall, Maddie Esping, Eleanor Gambrell, Georgia Hallam, Hunter Hart, Kate Jones, Izzy Keene, Ellie King, Katie Kottwitz, Mary Kumpf, Avery Levoyer, Catherine Magee, Audrey Magnuson, Allie McWhorter, Shelby Nelson, Grace Olson, Annalea Pedigo, Beth Ryan, Kendell Sigel, Margaret Smith, Campbell Swango, Sara Tacito, Julia Tribolet, Savannah Troutt, Brynn Weakley, Genny Wood.

“I am so honored to be guiding these wonderful young women through the 2020 Debutante season,” said Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis. “Over the next 9 months, our debutantes and their families will enjoy many wonderful events and will make memories that will last a lifetime. They will make new friends and have one of a kind experiences all while supporting the outstanding education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”

Susan Averitt Duvall was a debutante at the inaugural ball held in 1987 and her daughter Madelyn will be making her debut this season. The entire Averitt family was involved in the DSOL’s first Presentation Ball when Susan made her debut. Brother Mark Averitt was a member of the Honor Guard, and brother Don Averitt worked behind the scenes and graciously greeted the guests. The Averitt family has continued their support of the Dallas Symphony for the past 30+ years.  

Included in the attendees that evening were Tincy Miller, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, Amanda and Brint Ryan, Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin, Kim Noltemy, James Leffler, and Lisa Loy Laughlin.

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 DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $19 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

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Chef Dean Fearing with event hosts Amanda and Brint Ryan

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted the Southern Savour Supper Club at the magnificent estate home of Amanda and Brint Ryan on April 28. Event Chair Bettina Hennessy and Co-Chair Renée Querbes Farren created an unforgettable evening for the guests. It was a completely delightful evening at a beautiful home and every detail was perfect.

Sherwood was the Honorary Chair of the event. Lisa Loy Laughlin is the DSOL President.

Southern Savour Supper Club was a garden party fundraiser that brought together friends and business leaders for an evening with a supper club style gracious and beautiful dinner served family style. The evening included both a live and silent auction, a wine pull and a private musical performance by Suzuki Strings of Dallas and the One O’Clock Lab Band from University of North Texas.

The Supper Club was VERY Southern, based on a concept from two separate organizations: The St. Francisville Southern Garden Symposium and the Delta Supper Club. Delta Supper Club has been written up in Forbes, USA Today, Garden and Gun, New York Times among others.

Rectangular tables were set on the front lawn with white table cloths and fine table settings. The weather could not have been more perfect for an outdoor event. It was limited to 200 guests and every seat was taken.

The dress was garden party chic, with white and seersucker suits, hats and canes encouraged. The winner of a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Award – Best Dressed Big Daddy Award went to Bill Caruth, a true southern gentleman who dressed in the perfect style. 

Chef Dean Fearing was there to oversee the superb southern classic menu provided by his namesake Fearing’s. Dean went from table to table to greeting guests just as he does in the restaurant.  

The menu was truly southern. Entrées included Granny Fearing’s “paper bag shook” fried chicken, heirloom tomato pie, and 72hr sous vide and grilled “A Bar N” short rib. Family style side dishes were Homestead Mills jalapeno cheese grits, confit marble potato salad, roasted okra with applewood smoked bacon and cherry tomato, and sweet corn and crawfish maque choux with voodoo peppers. Desserts included bourbon pecan tarts, banana pudding with Nilla wafer, keylime pies, and assorted macaroons.

It was an unforgettable evening and guests are looking forward to next year’s event!

The Supper Club benefits the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League which has raised over $20 million dollars over the past 72 years to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Community Outreach and Education Programs including DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids and Young Strings. 

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.  

 

Photos by Chuck Clark

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Lisa Loy Laughlin, Kim Noltemy, James Leffler.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was extremely proud to close the 2018-2019 fiscal year with a monumental gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the amount of $1,022,165.13. 

DSOL President Lisa Loy Laughlin and the Board of Directors presented a check to DSO President and CEO Kim Noltemy and James Leffler, Vice-President of Development.

It was the result of each of the member and music sponsor’s participation and gifts of time, talent and treasure.  

Each of the 2018-2019 events produced a profit over budget allowing the gift to impact even more young lives through the gift of music. 

525,600 minutes, 525,600 moments a year. How do you measure ……a year in the life?

Activities ranged from Board retreats, to Meetings, to Fashion Notes to Teas and Young People’s Concerts; From Presentation Ball Debutante parties to Sponsorships and much underwriting…And Noteworthy Nights to TASO to Southern Savour Supper Club to AMSOV - Seasons of Love.

The DSOL experienced an exciting year of music from Bernstein to Beethoven under the talented leadership of Kim Noltemy, President/CEO and welcomed Fabio Luisi as the Music Director of the DSO.

MUCH was accomplished in 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series:
• Over 14,000 students enjoyed Youth Concerts every year

Symphony YES!: Creates an intimate and informal environment for students in grades K-6 and their teachers in which musicians introduce instruments, perform a variety of repertoire, and interact with their audience on school campuses.

• 5,200 students were reached this season

Music Memory Competition: provides students with an exposure to, and a deep understanding and appreciations of, the world’s greatest music.

While Music Memory is a nationwide program, the event in Dallas represents the largest in the country, and the only one that combines live performance with a unique opportunity for mentoring.

• 579 students reached this season

Young Strings: discovers, develops and promotes the musical talents of string students in the city of Dallas who are underrepresented in the field of classical music.

• Young Strings graduates maintain a 100% high school graduation and college admission rate.

• Graduates have attended leading schools of music such as the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory and University of North Texas, among others.

• The DSO is experiencing a need to expand the Young Strings Program to more children. In January 2019 the program had a record breaking number of students audition with 130 students seeking to enter the program. The typical range is approximately 100 auditions per season. The DSO historically has the capacity to accept only 15% of students that audition.

DSO Express: provides underserved high school and community college students with free access to a high quality and enjoyable symphonic concert experience. Includes a visit to the campus by a DSO Musician, and a Q&A with the same musician after the concert.

• Over 500 students reached this season

New Strategic Initiative:

Southern Dallas Residency
• Cost=$1,315 per student in the first year to launch the program and provide ongoing lessons and instruments to each child

About the DSOL
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 $17 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

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Alan & Rita Sue Gold, Cathy Hernandez, Mari Epperson

On Sunday, May 19, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra presented ‘The Sights and Sounds of Paris’ Annual Gala and Season Finale performance celebrating over 47 years of providing music education and performance opportunities to the young musicians of the North Texas community. Honorary Chairs were Alan and Rita Sue Gold and Event Chair was Mari Epperson. The funds raised at this event contribute significantly to the organization’s ability to provide much needed services and once in a lifetime musical opportunities for the youth in Dallas and North Texas. 

The Annual Gala and Season Finale performance is the sole fundraising event for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Held at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the gala began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, memorable remarks and awards. The guests were then seated in the hall to enjoy a sensational performance entitled ‘Viva Paris’ featuring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s premier ensemble, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio.

The concert, in collaboration with the Plano Civic Chorus and Rainelle Krause, soprano, included Poulenc’s Gloria, Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Berlioz, and selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suites.  

GDYO is in a season of growth, now serving over 2,000 young musicians through nine ensembles, as well as subsidized programming within underserved DISD music programs. Additionally, the organization is preparing for an Italian performance tour for the Wind Symphony, in July of 2019, and a tour of China for GDYO in the summer of 2020.  

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra provides wholesome, challenging musical education and performance opportunities for special young musicians, ages 6-18, which come from 50 different communities and over 120 different schools in North Texas.

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Deborah Brown, Shan Shan Fling, Dr. Karen Fling, Chuck Kobdish.

On Friday, May 10, host committee members of MEET! East Dallas proudly donated $1500 to East Lake Pet Orphanage, proceeds from their networking event held in February. ELPO is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and finding homes for stray animals such as Luigi, a dog that was recently in their care. Luigi’s story began on I-35, one of the busiest, if not THE busiest, highways in Dallas. It was during rush hour traffic that the Dallas Police Department received a call about a stray dog that was on the road as cars whizzed by. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that Luigi had been struck by a car and was laying in the road. Uncertain of his condition, officers stepped in to move him from the road and in the process, narrowly avoided being struck by a car that struck their cruiser from behind. Luigi’s examination revealed that he suffered from a concussion, lacerations, and a fractured pelvis. Donations helped Luigi receive the care he needed to recover and be placed in a forever home.

MEET! East Dallas is an annual business networking and community awareness event hosted by East Dallas Networking, Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Women in Business and The Point & Pavilion at CC Young.

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Alan and Rita Sue Gold

On Sunday, May 19, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will present ‘The Sights and Sounds of Paris’ Annual Gala and Season Finale performance celebrating over 47 years of providing music education and performance opportunities to the young musicians of the North Texas community. Honorary Chairs are Alan and Rita Sue Gold and Event Chair is Mari Epperson. The funds raised at this event contribute significantly to the organization’s ability to provide much needed services and once in a lifetime musical opportunities for the youth in Dallas and North Texas. 

The Annual Gala and Season Finale performance is the sole fundraising event for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Held at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the gala will begin at 5:30 pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, memorable remarks and awards. At 7:30, guests will be invited into the hall to enjoy a sensational performance entitled ‘Viva Paris’ featuring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s premier ensemble, under the direction of Richard Giangiulio.

The concert, in collaboration with the Plano Civic Chorus and Rainelle Krause, soprano, will include Poulenc’s Gloria, Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Berlioz, and selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suites.  

Tickets are $150 per person. Checks and credit card information may be mailed to: GDYO - 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. – Dallas TX 75214. Further information: www.gdyo.org or (214) 528-7747 or email info@gdyo.org.

GDYO is in a season of growth, now serving over 2,000 young musicians through nine ensembles, as well as subsidized programming within underserved DISD music programs. Additionally, the organization is preparing for an Italian performance tour for the Wind Symphony, in July of 2019, and a tour of China for GDYO in the summer of 2020.  

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra provides wholesome, challenging musical education and performance opportunities for special young musicians, ages 6-18, which come from 50 different communities and over 120 different schools in North Texas.