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Savor Chair Michelle Anderson with Honorary Chairs Bob and Barbara Bigham.

Barbara and Bob Bigham are Honorary Chairs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Savor the Symphony and were introduced at the Patron Party held on April 11 in the home of Warren and Carol Lichliter. 

The League is excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. It will be held at The Adolphus Hotel at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Savor is a black-tie event that brings together Symphony Patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish five-course wine paired dinner, auction and dancing. The event will be held in the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel at 1321 Commerce Street. 

The event is chaired by Michelle Creel Anderson and the Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Robert Bigham. Sandy Secor is the League President. 

Individual tickets are $250, $500, $1,000. Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Table Hosts, Sponsors and Underwriters benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more.                              

Preview of the wonderful live auction items 

CLICK TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS 

 

Trip to Napa Valley
Gold Stradivarius Membership
Jaap van Zweden signed music score & DSO tickets
Inwood Estates Winery Master Class
DSO Gala Tickets
Michele Diamond Watch
Maserati for a Weekend
"Cactus In Bloom" Pastel on Paper

 

 Purchase a ticket online by selecting a level below:

$250 Ticket
$500 Ticket
$1,000 Ticket

Michelle Anderson, Savor the Symphony Chair

214.794.0978 or nmichelle@txanderson.com 

 

The proceeds from the evening will 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 and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities.

 

Red Violin Sponsor benefits include a listing in the DSO program, naming rights of the instrument, a report including a biography of the student, a history of the instrument and invitations to select concerts and receptions where the instrument is being played. 

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Minnie Jean and Bill Caruth at the opening reception.

Holland recently came to life for the third grade students of St. John’s Episcopal School through the stories and photography of W.W. (Bill) Caruth III. This is the tenth year the school has asked Caruth to speak to the students about his travels. This year’s exhibit featured photos of windmills and tulips in Holland along with a presentation to students about the journey. 

The school hosted an opening reception on March 28 in the Visual Art Gallery at the Judd Center. Caruth's prior exhibits have featured photos from his travels to China, India, Japan, Texas, Venice, Alaska, the South Pacific and Scotland and England.

Many elements influence Caruth’s selection of a travel destination. Some locations are selected because "God has created a beautiful place," he says. Others are chosen for historical significance or cultural differences.

For Caruth, traveling is all about learning. A true historian and perpetual student, he "wants the foreign" when he visits a country. He thrives on learning about the different ways people experience life and often seeks local experts to guide his visits and help him experience the country behind the tourist attractions.

"When people see my work, I’d like for them to enjoy the pictures and learn something," he says.

Caruth is a born storyteller and when he visits St. John’s, he's known to captivate students with his travel stories and photographs. He hopes his art and lectures will help children gain insight into other cultures and learn to appreciate their own.

"I can’t tell you my favorite place because I haven’t been to them all yet," says Caruth.

 

Photo by Deborah Brown



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Dallas Symphony Orchestra League presents Savor the Symphony at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. The League is excited to bring back the very popular Savor the Symphony which began in 2000. Savor is a black-tie event that brings together Symphony Patrons and business leaders for an evening with a lavish five-course wine paired dinner, auction and dancing. The event will be held in the newly renovated Adolphus Hotel at 1321 Commerce Street.

The event is chaired by Michelle Creel Anderson and the Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Robert Bigham. Sandy Secor is the League President.

Individual tickets are $250, $500, $1,000. Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500. Table Hosts, Sponsors and Underwriters benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more.                              

Preview of the wonderful live auction items 

 CLICK TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS 

 

Trip to Napa Valley
Gold Stradivarius Membership
Jaap van Zweden signed music score & DSO tickets
Inwood Estates Winery Master Class
DSO Gala Tickets
Michele Diamond Watch
Maserati for a Weekend

  Purchase tickets online by selecting a level below:

$250 Ticket
$500 Ticket
$1,000 Ticket

Michelle Anderson, Savor the Symphony Chair

214.794.0978 or nmichelle@txanderson.com 

The proceeds from the evening will 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 and Young Strings. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance Opportunities. 

Red Violin Sponsor benefits include a listing in the DSO program, naming rights of the instrument, a report including a biography of the student, a history of the instrument and invitations to select concerts and receptions where the instrument is being played. 

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

This also marks the 70th anniversary of the DSO League. 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 $12 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex. 

                                

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Hosts Ray and Faith Stazzoni with foundation board member AB Aston and girls school founder Clyde Jackson.

Friends and supporters gathered in the Park Cities home of Faith and Ray Stazzoni 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. 

 “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.”

Foundation board member Stan Gardner shared some of his personal experiences from a mission trip to the school in the summer of 2015. He saw how poor the Imbirikani area was and the eagerness of the girls wanting to learn, but prevented by lack of funds.  

 “While donations for any amount are appreciated, there are immediate areas where help is needed,” said Gardner. “25 sponsors are urgently needed to pay $750 which would cover a one year scholarship for a girl’s tuition, room and board and a uniform. $5,000 is needed for new textbooks and $20,000 would construct new classrooms.”

The Foundation provided photos and biographies of individual girls that could be “adopted” and several guests made donations to cover the one year cost.  

Judy Blasing proudly displayed the photo of the young girl she “adopted”.

“I am so glad to make the difference in one girl’s education to improve her future,” said Blasing. “I look forward to meeting her when I go on the annual mission trip this summer.”

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 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.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Madeline Hendrick is a second generation Debutante. Her mom Lucy Meyers-Lambert made her debut at the inaugural ball in 1987.

Gowns and courtseys were all the rage as 35 Symphony Debutantes took their bows at the 31st Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball on February 18 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The spotlight was on the debs, their families and dapper members of the Honor Guard. 

Jolie Humphrey served as Ball Chair and Sandy Secor is President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. The Honorary Chairs were Harriett and Chuck Gibbs. 

The Debutante season started with an announcement party in May and ended with the Ball on Feb 18. It is a whirlwind season of numerous parties and events and rehearsals for the famous Texas Dip. 

Guests at the Ball included Tincy Miller who founded and chaired the first ball. She was happy that the tradition has continued and future supporters of the Symphony are nurtured through the event. This year’s ball featured a second generation debutante when Madeline Hendrick was presented. Her mom Lucy Meyers-Lambert made her debut at the inaugural ball in 1987. 

The 2017 debutantes are: Layne Anderson, Lauren Axmann, Grace Beal, Eva Blanton, Lilli Boren, Olivia Burnett, Haley Bush, McKenna Cook, Gabrielle Crank, Alicia Crenshaw, Caroline Downing, Marina Frattaroli, Perrin Griffin, Heather Hall, Madeline Hendrick, Caroline Jones, Ellie King, Catherine Kumpf, Abby Loncar, Caroline Magee, Cameron Malakoff, Ashlyn Matthews, Juliana McIlveene, Natalie Monger, Aspen Moraif, Elle Moritz, Molly Nelson, Caroline Pratt, Allison Rogers, Betsy Smith, Mary Leila Stillman, Bailey Turfitt, Georgia Ryan Tyler, Emily Vaughan, Isabel Yoder. The Presentation Ball is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. 

The Presentation Ball is expected to raise over $400,000. More than $10 million has been raised in support of the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: Youth Concert Series, Artists Educate, Young Strings and Music Memory along with community concerts and performances. 

Photos by James French Photography 

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Presentation Ball Chair Jolie Humphrey with DSOL President Sandy Secor.

The debutantes for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 31th Annual Presentation Ball attended an elegant Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the Adolphus Hotel on February 17. It was part of the final weekend of events leading up to the ball which included bow rehearsals, Just for Gents Party, an Assembly and Honor Guard mixer and the farewell breakfast. Chaired by Elsa Norwood, the Luncheon was In Memory of Michelle Godo and sponsored by the Godo Family/Avon Cleaners. 

Photos by James French Photography

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Congressman Pete Sessions with Fred Welsh and Andrea Sanders, Chamber Chairman.

          

Fred Welsh was honored with the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2017  “Chairman’s Award” at a luncheon on January 17 at the Lakewood Country Club. 

The award is given annually to an individual for their significant contributions to the Chamber through their professional experience, community engagement, and leadership. It was presented by Congressman Pete Sessions, who also presented Fred with a Congressional Plate. 

Fred is hardworking, loyal, a quiet leader, positive, energetic and exemplifies what every Chamber Board member should strive for. Fred works tirelessly behind the scenes. He has been on the board for many years and has headed up the Ambassadors, is at every Ambassador event and ribbon cutting, every luncheon and every event. 

“He is everywhere,” said Chamber Chairman Andrea Sanders. “It has been said, if you do not see Fred show up at an event, start calling the hospitals.” 

Fred’s love for East Dallas is contagious and he is involved with other local community organizations including White Rock Partners and the shoreline clean up with Friends of White Rock Lake.  

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Wall Street Lofts in downtown Midland.

Two Dallas based real estate investors and developers scored a win at the 2016 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Gala. The gala was held in conjunction with the 2016 Texas Downtown Conference. Since 1988, the Awards Program has recognized over 150 projects, events, and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. 

The Wall Street Lofts project was named winner of the Best New Construction in the over 50,000 residents category. Dallas developers Roger Gault of Gault Company and Robert Gunby with RTG Capital LLC formed a partnership to develop the $19 million residential complex and garage which opened in downtown Midland, Texas in 2014.

The Best New Construction award recognizes outstanding new construction in a downtown or commercial district.  Judges felt that The Wall Street Lofts made a huge impact on downtown by adding well-designed residential units on a former empty lot. 

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales presented the award to Gault and Gunby at the City Council meeting on January 11. Judging for the awards took place in September 2016, in Austin and the awards were presented in November.

The 108-unit, four story project was built on a vacant tract on Wall Street across from Midland Center. It was the first development of downtown residential rental units in the city. The Wall Street Lofts include 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. In addition to the retail component, the Lofts feature amenities for the residents such as a fitness center, a pool and social areas, high-speed internet, and secured and covered parking.  

“We are proud of the positive impact that the Wall Street Lofts has had on downtown Midland,” Gault said. “The residents love living downtown so it has been gratifying for us to see the project have the result that we envisioned.”

The project was public/private partnership, with the City of Midland assisting in the construction of an adjacent parking garage that provides a combination of public parking and private parking for the residents of the residential units.

 

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An elegant afternoon tea honoring Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 2017 Debutantes was held in the historic home Mrs. Roy John Salley on December 20. Many mothers and daughters along with a few grandmothers were in attendance. The party was chaired by Jill Goldberg and Dixie Marshall. Jolie Humphrey is the Presentation Ball Chairman and Sandy Secor is the DSOL President. The season of parties will culminate when 35 debutantes will make their debut on Saturday, February 18 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

 

Group photo by James French

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DSOL President Sandy Secor, Ball Chair Jolie Humphrey, and Party Chair Venise Stuart.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted parties and bow rehearsals for the 31st Annual Presentation Ball debutantes and honor guard during the busy holiday season. Lisa and Kenny Troutt hosted the holiday party in their elegant home on December 18 for the debutantes, honor guard and their families. The party was chaired by Venise Stuart. Jolie Humphrey is the Presentation Ball Chair and Sandy Secor is the DSOL President.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown