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Sharon Lee Clark and Kira Nasrat are event chairs for

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League

9th Annual Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League president Cynthia Beaird has revealed that Sharon Lee Clark and Kira Nasrat are the event chairs who will kick-off the 9th annual Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show on October 13, 2022 at the Fairmont Dallas. Honorary Chairs for this event are Patsy Donosky and Janie Donosky Condon. Also announced is this year’s featured Designer Award will be presented to designer Lele Sadoughi. Stunning fashions from St. John will be modeled in a runway presentation by League members and their families, past and present DSOL Debutantes, and members of the DSO Family. Highlighting fashion design and the Dallas Symphony Community, the event starts with a morning reception and raffle followed by a fashion presentation and luncheon live auction.

Bachendorf's is confirmed as the fine jewelry sponsor of Fashion Notes. Fallon Bock is now designing jewelry for Fallon B and Bachendorf's and will be donating a piece in the live auction. She has a long history with the DSOL as she is a past Debutante and has served as President of the Assembly. 

The event is sponsored by PaperCity, the print and digital local luxury lifestyle media sponsor. 

Krane Home will be the exclusive home decor sponsor, donating a room of wallpaper, a large framed artwork, and pillows to the auction and Raffle.  

TICKETS

Table sponsorships are available from $3,000 - $15,000. Individual tickets are available for $300 and $500. Sponsorships and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more.

 

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

Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/DSOLvolunteers

Instagram: @DSOLeague

 

Lele Sadoughi

An industry leader in accessories, Lisa ‘Lele’ Sadoughi has over twenty years of experience designing maximal costume jewelry, collectible headbands, jeweled sunglasses, specialty handbags, and more. Originally from Dallas, Lele moved to New York to design for Rebecca Taylor, Ippolita, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, and Neiman Marcus. In 2006, she launched the first-ever jewelry collection for J.Crew and grew the business significantly over the next five years, creating pieces that are still sold today. Lele held the Jewelry Design Director role at Tory Burch before starting her own brand in 2012. Initially a jewelry line, Lele Sadoughi has expanded to other categories to become the ultimate accessories destination. Lele is best known for her iconic knotted, jeweled headbands, and wildly colorful, playful jewelry. The company has grown with the support of over 150 global retailers and has been worn by countless female leaders such as Kate Middleton, Lady Gaga, Nicole Kidman, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell. 

Sharon Lee Clark
Sharon Lee Clark is a Dallas based fine artist and entrepreneur. She founded Krane Home in 2012 after working as a designer at Michael Smith, creating wallpaper and fabric from her paintings. Groomed as an artist from a young age after her mother and grandfather, Sharon paints the modern version of traditional Korean art. Sharing her art and home decor via Instagram and her site www.kranehome.com is her passion. Sharon and Krane Home have been published in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, Veranda, Luxe, D Magazine and more. Sharon received the 2022 Innovator in Design Award from the Women’s Council at the Dallas Arboretum and Krane Home won Best Wallpaper at the 2021 Paper City Magazine Design Awards. 2022 marks her 10th year in business and she is focused on supporting local charities to give back. 

“As a first generation Korean American artist, I know the importance of education for a shot at a prosperous career in the arts. Music is an integral part of that by fostering both the right and left brain simultaneously. My mother is a trained concert pianist and Korean folk art painter. She exuberantly encouraged the study of classical music in our home and I believe we benefitted greatly. From a young age my siblings and I all learned piano, and I had the opportunity to learn violin flute and cello. It brings me so much joy knowing that the DSO Fashion Notes event benefits Young Strings to bring instruments and lessons into deserving households. Serving as this years co-chair is deeply meaningful to me and I am committed to doing my very best to help even the playing field for musically inclined youth in Dallas.”  

Kira Nasrat
Kira Nasrat is a Los Angeles / New York based celebrity makeup artist and content creator represented at The Wall Group. Her expertise in the beauty space has previously landed her a role as a Violet Grey Brand Ambassador. Kira continues to share her expertise in all things beauty and style through her social channels and website, "CurrentlyKira.com." Kira is now based in Dallas Texas and works with beauty and fashion brands as a content creator. Her work has appeared in campaigns, editorials, red carpets and fashion week around the world. Some of her previous clients include Jessica Alba, Bebe Rexha, Gwyneth Paltrow, Camilla Alves, Pom Klementieff, Jamie Chung, Ashley Benson, Erin Moriarty and Lea Michele.

BENEFITING
Proceeds from the event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association’s Education and Outreach programs including Young Strings and Young Musicians which provide free instruments and free music lessons to children in the Dallas Community.  

  • The Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concert Series is enjoyed by over 30,000 students every year.
  • Symphony YES! creates an intimate and informal environment for approximately 5,200 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Kim Noltemy Young Musicians provides strings, winds, brass, and percussion instruments and an intensive communal orchestral learning experience for underserved 1st through 8th graders in Southern Dallas. In this afterschool program, music is used as the vehicle for radical social changes and as a tool to develop the whole child.
  • 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.

 

ABOUT THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LEAGUE 

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. Through the participation of 1100+ members with their innumerable gifts of time, talents and treasure, MUCH has been accomplished. $1,650,000 was raised in 2021-2022 and presented to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $22 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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Photo by Gittings 2023 Debutantes

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

The Presentation Ball Chair is Karen Cox who also chaired the casino event. The Honorary Chairs for the Presentation Ball are Lisa and Clay Cooley. Among those in attendance were DSOL President is Cynthia Beaird, Lisa Cooley and her newlywed daughter Ciara, Jennifer and Richard Dix, and Shanon Schwimmer. 

The Casino Party ended a whirlwind of activities which occurred through the summer. Other events included bow boot camps, lunches, and social mixers. Festivities will start again beginning with the events over the Thanksgiving holidays in November and continue again during the holidays in December. The Debutantes will make their debut at the 37th Annual Presentation Ball which will take place on February 11, 2023, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

 

Photos by Gittings and Deborah Brown

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Announces Steve Brown as Featured Speaker for Economic Summit

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News, has been announced as a featured speaker for The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) 18th  Annual Economic Summit.  This year’s summit will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 8:30AM to 11:30AM at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor. 

The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to have Brown return for this year’s economic summit. Brown says: ““I look forward to sharing insights about why Dallas-Fort Worth has the top real estate market in the country. And so far a pandemic and higher interest rates aren't slowing things down. It's the thousands of people moving to North Texas each year that keep the property market here moving.” 

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 “Flip Your Script: Finding Opportunity and Adventure Everywhere.” 

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be the Co-Founder of Hari Mari  – Lila Stewart. Hear from East Dallas City Council members 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 – Platinum Sponsor

Comerica Bank – Gold Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Silver Sponsor

White Rock Medical Center – Silver Sponsor

Locke Lord LLP – Bronze Sponsor

Frost Bank – Bronze Sponsor

Advocate – Media Sponsor

 

Doors open at 8:30am, and the program begins promptly at 9:00am. The morning will include a seated breakfast, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network with East Dallas professionals. 

The 2022 Economic Summit Chair is Karen Hettrick with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.  Says Hettrick: “The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is once again pleased to bring quality speakers and programs to the community and this year’s line-up is no exception. Join us for a wonderful morning of networking and community engagement.” 

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

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

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

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

 

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

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

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

 

2022 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Mark Rounds, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown – Executive Staff

Rheanna Avila, John Botefuhr, Jenny Capritta, Megan Dennen, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Diana Hamilton, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Shawn Lovelady, Jason Myers, Stephanie Muckleroy, Mike Nurre, Roger Perry, Jesse Simmons, Nathan Smithson, Patty Sullivan, Fred Welsh

 

The 2022 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Susan Falvo, MaryBeth Shapiro

 

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

or president@eastdallaschamber.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

About Featured Speaker, Steve Brown

Steve Brown is Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News. He has covered the local and national real estate market for the Morning News since 1980. Prior to that he worked in the newspaper’s Metropolitan and Tarrant County sections. He writes about commercial and residential real estate, mortgages, finance and design and construction. Brown is a fifth generation Texan and grew up in Dallas. He attended Dallas public schools and graduated with a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University. He is an officer and director with the National

Photo courtesy of Association of Real Estate Editors.

 

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Marena Gault presents Innovator Award to Venise Stuart.

A delegation of Dallas symphony patrons attended the Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers (AMSOV) 43rd North American Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 2-5, 2022. It marked the second time the Conference has been held in the nation’s capital. The proud host of the conference was the Volunteer Council for the National Symphony Orchestra with the REACH at the Kennedy Center as the site of the conference sessions.

The annual AMSOV Innovator Awards were presented to six volunteer orchestra groups. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was a recipient of the award in recognition for their Junior Symphony Ball (JSB). The JSB was carefully executed by more than 750 committee members with over 2800 students from 35 schools attending the celebratory evening with dinner, dancing and music, raising a record setting $446,000.

The Dallas delegation was led by Marena Gault, the President of AMSOV, whose term ended at the conference turnover session on the final day. Marena has served on the AMSOV board for seven years and will remain for two more years as Past President. Marena was preceded in her Presidency by notable past presidents from Dallas including Heather Moore, Dolores Barzune and The Honorable Annette Strauss.

Other Dallas delegates included Venise Stuart, Immediate Past President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, DSO Director of Volunteer Services Allison Brodnax, Karen Cox, Rose Gault and Deborah Brown.

Volunteer groups from all over North America who are passionate about supporting their symphony orchestras met for the three days of sessions discussing The Power of Music Reimagined and exploring what the future might hold for classical music in 2022 and beyond. Prominent speakers and exclusive venues were featured in full conference schedule.

Volunteers augment a good staff and create life-long connections that have a positive impact on orchestras. Across North America, many major symphonies’ board members and major donors started through the volunteer pipeline.

“Speaking from my experiences as a donor, board member, and volunteer, I am certain I would not be a part of our symphony family had I not volunteered all those years ago,” said Marena “There are so many scenarios that occur across North America in our orchestras that demonstrate the power of volunteerism.” 

Orchestras and their volunteer groups experienced shutdowns during COVID and are slowly returning to full performance schedules.

Conferences have always been an important component of AMSOV. They serve the purpose of bringing people together who share a passion and a concern for the continuing success of symphony orchestras and symphonic music. Conferences provide a time and a place for the sharing of ideas, learning about ways to engage volunteers, discovering and developing new methods of fundraising, and building leadership skills. Since 1937, conferences have played a sustaining role in the success of AMSOV.

The mission of AMSOV is to ensure the continued existence of major symphony orchestras in North America through volunteerism. Its membership consists of 23 orchestra volunteer groups throughout the nation which meet every two years. The next biennial conference will be held in Kansas City on April 18-21, 2024.

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Lila Stewart

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 18th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). 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 the Co-Founder of Hari Mari  – Lila Stewart. Bringing years of business experience and dedication to her company and giving back to the community, Lila will focus her discussion on her background, her career, and the growth of the Hari Mari flipflops brand and flagship brick and mortar store located at 3213 Knox Street. Stewarts says: "We live, work, and have built our company in East Dallas and Hari Mari is what it is today, in part, due to the incredible support we've had from such a special community. As such, I'm thrilled to be joining my fellow friends, colleagues, and change makers of our community at this year's Economic Summit." 

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 “Flip Your Script: Finding Opportunity and Adventure Everywhere.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Council members and perennial favorite featured speaker, Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News, on topics surrounding the economic vitality of the Greater East Dallas community and this year’s theme.   

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Atmos Energy – Platinum Sponsor

Veritex Community Bank – Silver Sponsor

White Rock Medical Center – Silver Sponsor

Advocate – Media Sponsor

Doors open at 8:30am, and the program begins promptly at 9:00am. The morning will include a seated breakfast, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network with East Dallas professionals. 

The 2022 Economic Summit Chair is Karen Hettrick with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.  Says Hettrick: “The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is once again pleased to bring quality speakers and programs to the community and this year’s line-up is no exception. Join us for a wonderful morning of networking and community engagement.” 

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

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

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

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

About the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

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

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

 

2022 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Mark Rounds, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore, Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown, Executive Staff

 

Rheanna Avila, John Botefuhr, Jenny Capritta, Megan Dennen, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Diana Hamilton, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Shawn Lovelady, Jason Myers, Stephanie Muckleroy, Mike Nurre, Roger Perry, Jesse Simmons, Nathan Smithson, Patty Sullivan, Fred Welsh 

The GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Susan Falvo, MaryBeth Shapiro 

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

or president@eastdallaschamber.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Keynote Speaker, Lila Stewart

Lila Stewart, a native Dallasite and mom of two, is the Co-Founder of Hari Mari, which began 2012 with the simple mission of making comfortable, premium sandals & footwear for men, women, and children. Lila's expertise and experience in Wholesale, Public Relations, Retail, and Sales Management has helped place Hari Mari in over 1,000 retail locations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas. But her true passion is the brand's philanthropy - Hari Mari donates 1% of sales to help children and families battling pediatric cancer. It's called #FlopsFighting Cancer.

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Debutantes and Honor Guard with club owner Vaughn Miller

 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes demonstrated the traditional halftime divot stomp at the Honor Guard Polo Cup held at the Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point on June 25.

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

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

“The Debs and Honor Guard absolutely love this and it is one of the most anticipated events of the season,” said Presentation Ball Chair Karen Cox.

The evening was one of the season events for the debutantes which culminate with the 37th Presentation Ball, to be held on February 11, 2023. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $13 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball.  

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

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Carole Ann Brown, Kim Noltemy, Venise Stuart, Allison Brodnax.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was extremely proud to close the 2021-2022 fiscal year with a monumental gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. DSOL President Venise Stuart presented a check to DSO Ross Perot President and CEO Kim Noltemy in the amount of $1,650,000. It is the most significant amount that has been given in a single year from the organization in its 76 year history.

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

“The members of the DSOL made everything possible. I thank them for their talents and support,” said Venise. “With a membership of over 1,100, this is how it happens. Coming together and working for the success of the organization to keep our mission and purpose forefront.”

Each of the 2021-2022 events produced a profit over budget allowing the gift to impact even more young lives through the gift of music. 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; Noteworthy Nights to TASO to Savor the Symphony to AMSOV.

Funds raised will benefit the education and outreach programs of the DSO including Young Strings, Kim Noltemy Young Musicians, and the Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts.

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 $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

Photo by Deborah Brown

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Brad Grist, Brian Reinhart, Casey Cutler, John McBride, Corey Mobley, Chuck Kobdish

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce presented a lively panel discussion with culinary experts at a luncheon on June 21 at BarNone in Lake Highlands. The program “East Dallas Culinary Scene and How it Creates a Community” was a sellout and had an overflow crowd. The Chamber’s Live Local East Dallas (LLED) committee planned the program, selecting individuals who contribute to the vibrancy that characterizes the East Dallas food scene. 

The discussion was moderated by Chamber member Chuck Kobdish. Featured panelists were Corey Mobley, Executive Director, Texas Restaurant Association, North Texas Region; Brian Reinhart, D Magazine Dining Critic; Casey Cutler, Executive Director of Good Local Markets; and John McBride, Owner of El Vecino Tex Mex. 

“The Chamber knocked it pout of the park with a thoughtful and engaging discussion among an all-star panel,” said Kobdish. “The foodie scene in East Dallas is thriving which is great for business and great for the community.” 

LLED works to promote and support the local East Dallas small business owners with special projects and by hosting two monthly networking events open to Chamber members and guests. The Rise & Shine Networking Breakfast is held the second Tuesday of each month at Dream Café and a Happy Hour Business Networking at White Rock Alehouse every fourth Tuesday. The calendar of events with dates and times is on the Chamber’s website www.eastdallaschamber.com

LLED’s next event is planned for September and will feature the businesses at Hillside Village.

 

Photos by Amy Orchard – Lantana Studios

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The most significant thing about food is it unites people. The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a panel discussion with individuals who continue to contribute to the vibrancy that characterizes the East Dallas food scene, by staying true to their brand and to their community. These individuals find common ground across cultures through food accessible to our community, providing a way for people from all walks of life to come together. This program and panel discussion will shine a light on the culinary scene and how it creates a strong sense of community. 

The panel discussion will feature: 

  • Corey Mobley – Executive Director, Texas Restaurant Association, North Texas Region
  • Brian Reinhart – Dining Critic, D Magazine
  • Casey Cutler - Executive Director of Good Local Markets
  • John McBride - Owner/El Vecino Tex Mex

 

The program will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at BarNone, 718 N. Buckner Blvd. in Lake Highlands. Check-in and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program and luncheon will begin at 12:00 noon. Seating is limited. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for non-members, lunch included. Reservations can be made online at www.greatereastdallaschamber.com. For information: president@eastdallaschamber.com or 214-328-4100. 

The event is hosted by members of the Chamber’s Live Local East Dallas Committee. 

 

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2023 Debutantes

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2022-2023 debutantes during Announcement Week festivities held May 25 - May 28, marking the official start for the season of events culminating with the 37th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 11, 2023. 

The Presentation Ball Chair is Karen Cox and DSOL President is Cynthia Beaird. Karen and Cynthia know well what to expect during the debutante season. Karen’s daughter Isabella made her debut in 2020 and Cynthia’s daughter Jane was presented in 2008.

The events started with a moms’ meeting and a rehearsal on Wednesday, May 25 with the announcement party held at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, May 26. On Saturday morning, May 28, Stanley Korshak hosted a reception in the gown salon featuring many gowns designed by their in-house designer Mackenzie Brittingham. The final event was a Fiesta Meet & Greet held in the evening at El Fenix Downtown for Debutantes, Honor Guard members and their families.  

Martha Leonard, Vice President and CEO of Stanley Korshak, welcomed all to Stanley Korshak. Stan Gardner was then introduced as emcee for the evening to announce the Debutantes, a duty he has graciously performed for the annual event for many years.

The 2023 Debutantes are: Britton Barcus, Margaret Bracken, Stephanie Ciarochi, Kate Clark, Sarah Crow, Elena Dewar, Gracie Dix, Natalie Duvall, Arden Eiland, Charlotte Esping, Kaitlin Ann Kelly, Celeste Lay, Ella Marks, Ellie Michaelson, Lydia Pigott, Morgan Potter, Sasha Schwimmer, Ellie Steindorf, Catherine Stiles, Elizabeth Thompson, Lucy Tilden, CeCe Tribolet, Danielle Ward and Paige Williams.

For several families, this is the second Debutante in the family to be presented: Dodd and Susan Duvall, Dawne and Patrick Tribolet, Heather and Bill Esping, and Erik and Michelle Ward.   

There are many Debutante parents who have themselves been a past Debutante or Honor Guard including Susan Duvall, Courtney Slater, David Thompson, Lee Thompson, and Douglas Bracken. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $13 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball.  

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

 

Photos by Gittings