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Sherwood Wagner will serve as the Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League  36th Annual Presentation Ball which will be held on Saturday, February 12 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Sherwood is a longtime supporter of the DSO and the Dallas community through her involvement with numerous charities in Dallas. Her time and talent make a positive impact for the community with the arts and other civic activities. Elizabeth Gambrell is the Presentation Ball Chair and Venise Stuart is the DSOL President. 

“Sherwood has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the DSO,” said Elizabeth Gambrell. “It is because of these contributions that the Dallas Symphony is able to introduce and educate the youth of Dallas by bringing the gift of music to them.”    

Sherwood Noël Wagner grew up in Midland and is a graduate of Hockaday and Texas Christian University. After graduation from college, she worked for public relations firm PSI in Dallas. She comes from a philanthropic family whose contributions to the arts in west Texas are numerous and include the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa and the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center in Midland.

Sherwood’s support of the arts and other civic activities shows her passion for making a difference in our community. She is involved with various charities in Dallas and west Texas. She served as president of Women’s Auxiliary of Girls, Inc. of Dallas for two terms and has held board positions for the USA Film Festival, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Parish Episcopal School. She served as Honorary Chair for the 2016 AT&T Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Gala and was Honorary Chair for the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea and the 2019 Aging Mind Foundation Gala. She is a longtime supporter of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society and has supported the DSO Gala, Cattle Barons Ball, Crystal Charity, and Association of Major Symphony Orchestra Volunteers. True to her west Texas roots, she has held various board positions for The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (Midland) and The Ellen Noël Art Museum (Odessa). 

The proceeds from the Presentation Ball 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, Young Strings and Young Musicians.

Information:  Visit the web site at www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For more information contact Maliska Haba m.haba@dalsym.com or 214-871-4005.

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Brice and Cynthia Beaird with hosts Lisa and Clay Cooley.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted parties and bow rehearsals for the 36th Annual Presentation Ball debutantes during the busy holiday season. Lisa and Clay Cooley hosted the holiday party in their elegant home on December 19th for the debutantes, honor guard and their families. The events lead up to the Presentation Ball to be held on February 12 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center where 48 debutantes will be presented. The event is the largest fundraiser for the League. 

“These events are so fun and enjoyed by all as the signature DSOL fundraiser,” said DSOL President Venise Stuart. “This ball has raised over $12 million in its 36 years. 100% of the net revenue goes towards the education and community outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony. It is truly rewarding in many ways.” 

The Honorary Chair of the ball is Sherwood Wagner. Elizabeth Gambrell is the Presentation Ball Chair. The party was chaired by Cynthia Beaird.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Photo by GITTINGS 2022 debutantes

The 2022 Dallas Symphony debutantes were honored at a holiday reception and seated dinner on November 24, 2021 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The debutantes, honor guards and their families were welcomed by DSOL President Venise Stuart and Presentation Ball Chair Elizabeth Gambrell.

Each of the 48 debutantes was formally introduced by emcee Stan Gardner and joined by an honor guard escort for the presentation. A debutante presentation gift was presented by Eiseman NorthPark Center.

The evening was the start of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend which included a mixer for the debs and honor guard, as well as a Bow Boot Camp for the debs.

During the Christmas Holidays, the debs will return for another busy schedule of parties and bow practice. All the many events will culminate with the 36th Presentation Ball which will be held on February 12, 2022.

The 2022 Debutantes are: Nora Arnold, Virginia Baker, Bailey Beaird, Cambridge Bender, London Boscamp, Abigail Brannon, Riley Cheek, Grace Condon, Amelia Cox, Erin Daugherty, Eliza Davis, Katherine Downing, Katherine Edwards, Katie Elliott, Virginia Fielder, Sydney Goodiel, Katherine Hancock, Emily Hea, Reva Henderson, Ava Heppner, Julia Hicks, Stephanie Hirschbrich, Sophie Hung, Madigan Jacoby, Grace Judin, Claire Koonsman, Story Langston, Ashley Laughlin, McKinley Lawson, Brooke Marvel, Ashlyn Meuse, Anna Mikeska, Kate Murray, Ashlee Newton, Abbey Perry, Mary Tarver Reid, Anna Robinowitz, Annie Sawers, Bella Scott, Sarah Smith, Lydia Szuwalski, Margaret Thompson, Samantha Ungerman, Ella Varel, Annie Walker, Elizabeth Walsh, Tory Wicklund, Kelsey Wittmann.

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All others by Deborah Brown

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Kameron Westcott, Samantha Wortley, Jimmy Westcott.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 8th Annual Fashion Notes Design Award and Style Show was a live event held at Fairmont Dallas on October 21. The Venetian Room was at near capacity for the fundraiser. 

Co-chairs were Kameron Westcott and Samantha Wortley, good friends who have chaired many events together. Dallas personality Scott Murray served as emcee. The event was sponsored by Veritex Community Bank who has been a sponsor for Fashion Notes since its inaugural event eight years ago. PaperCity was the print and digital local luxury lifestyle media sponsor. 

DSOL President Venise Stuart introduced Honorary Chair Jimmy Westcott. As a community volunteer and philanthropist, Jimmy has served on many boards through the years with a passion for giving hope and help to underserved women and children It was a family affair: Kameron is married to Jimmy’s son, Court Wescott, making Jimmy her mother-in-law. 

TOOTSIES was the sponsor for the adult fashions and Jojo Mommy provided the children’s outfits.

The fashion show was a family affair. Nerissa von Helpenstill, manager for TOOTSIES, modeled with her daughter Stella. Bob and Myrna Schlegel were in attendance with nearly all the Schlegel clan. Kari Schlegel, founder of Jojo Mommy, had her three children Tabitha, Tobin and Teddy modeling with Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s daughter Milie. Krystal Schlegel followed, walking the runway with one year old daughter Lake in her arms.  

The Fashion Notes Designer Award was presented to Nardos Imam of Nardos Design followed by a runway presentation of a dozen of Nardos exquisite gowns. The grand finale: Kameron Westcott modeled a Nardos gown walking hand in hand with Nardos’ children Elyana and Christian Brook. 

A live auction was held and followed by Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Association, encouraging donations for the DSO Young Musicians program. The program ended with a solo performance by former Young Strings musician Brianne Sargent

Proceeds from the event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians.

For further information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com 

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

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photos By Chuck Clark and Danny Campbell

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Therese Rourk, Garrick Ohlsson, Venise Stuart

 

Renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson was the guest artist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s A Noteworthy Night on Wednesday, October 13 in the library of Kathy and Harlan Crow. Ohlsson was in Dallas to perform Beethoven’s Emperor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The event was limited to 75 guests for an intimate evening starting with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a brief performance by Ohlsson. 

Although Ohlsson won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. 

Honorary Chairs for the event were Donna and Herb Weitzman, long time patrons of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Event Chair Therese Rourk and DSOL President Venise Stuart greeted guests including Bess and Ted Enloe, Alex and Jacqueline Winslow, Maisie Heiken and Yon Jorden, and Linda and Frank Spina. 

A Noteworthy Night is a series of DSOL events held in unique venues with limited attendance, offering a small, intimate experience with featured performers. Two additional events are scheduled in the coming year. The first event on February 2, 2022 will feature DSO Music Director Emeritus, Andrew Litton, and the second on May 25, 2022 will feature Conductor Gemma New and composer Jessie Montgomery. Additional information is available on the DSOL website www.dallassymphonyleague.com. For sponsorship and ticket opportunities, contact Therese Rourk thereserourk@yahoo.com

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

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

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 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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Renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be guest artist for Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s A Noteworthy Night to be held on Wednesday, October 13 at the home of Kathy and Harlan Crow at 4700 Preston Road. 

Honorary Chairs are Donna and Herb Weitzman, long time patrons of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Therese Rourk is the Event Chair and Venise Stuart is the DSOL President. 

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. and is limited to 75 guests. Wine and Hors d'oeuvres will be served and valet parking will be provided. Tickets are $150 each and available online www.dallassymphonyleague.com.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. His musical development has been influenced in completely different ways by a succession of distinguished teachers. Although he won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the single American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Since then he has made nearly a dozen tours of Poland, where he retains immense personal popularity. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI. He is the 2014 recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and in August 2018 the Polish Deputy Culture Minister awarded him with the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit. He is a Steinway Artist and makes his home in San Francisco.

 Ohlsson will perform Beethoven's Emperor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from October 14-17 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets are available at www.dallassymphony.org 

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

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

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of music to thousands in the Dallas Metroplex.  

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Secures Keynote Speaker for 17th Annual Economic Summit

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) will host its 17th  Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am at the Lakewood Country Club (1912 Abrams Road, Dallas, TX 75214). The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be the CFO of Topgolf Entertainment Group  – William Davenport. Bringing years of business experience and dedication to his career and the business community, William will focus his discussion on his background, his career, and the growth of Topgolf Entertainment Group. 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 “Fun in East Dallas 2021.” 

Hear from East Dallas City Councilmembers and 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.  CC Young is this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Atmos Energy is a Platinum Sponsor, and Advocate, Oncor, and Comerica Bank and are confirmed as a Gold Sponsor.   

Additional Sponsors at print date include:

Veritex Community Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor

Dallas Academy as a Bronze Sponsor

 

Doors open at 7:30am, and the program begins promptly at 8:00am. 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 2021 Economic Summit Chair is Jacob Elliff with Elliff CPA, PLLC

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.

 

2020 GEDCC Board Members

Brad Grist, Chair

Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair I

Mark Ramsey, Vice Chair II

Tammy Oliver, Secretary

Greg Mangelsdorf, Treasurer

Ross Williams, Legal Counsel

Steve Moore Immediate Past Chair

Deborah Brown – Executive Staff

 

Michael Alcantar, René Barrera, John Botefuhr, Jacob Elliff, Darlene Ellison, Marty Ezelle, Jonathan Fredi, Kelly Harris, Nakita Johnson, Dr. Chuck Kobdish, Stephanie Muckleroy, Roger Perry, Mark Rounds, Elizabeth Rucki, Jesse Simmons, Mark Weber 

The 2021 GEDCC Advisory Board Members Include: Brian Bessner, Karen Brown, Vic Clesi, Susan Falvo, Colleen McCall, MaryBeth Shapiro, Fred Welsh

 

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, William Davenport

As Chief Financial Officer, William Davenport leads all finance functions for Topgolf worldwide, setting the stage for the company’s continued growth, innovation and industry leadership.

William previously spent 13 years with Brinker International, where he served as Senior Vice President of Finance for Chili’s and On the Border.  He has also held the roles of Vice President of Finance for Neiman Marcus and CFO for Haggar Clothing Company.

William is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He resides in Dallas with his wife, three children, and pet Corgi named Bunty. William is passionate about soccer, running and spending time with his family.

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Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League

8th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show

 

Community philanthropist Jimmy Westcott will serve as Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 8th Annual Fashion Notes Design Award and Style Show. The event co-chairs are good friends Kameron Westcott and Samantha Wortley. This will be a family affair since Kameron is married to Jimmy’s son, Court Wescott, which makes Jimmy her mother-in-law. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 21, at Fairmont Dallas.  

“So thankful my mother in law and best friend Jimmy Westcott will be serving as our honorary chair, said Kameron. “Jimmy is known for her enthusiasm for life and for her dedication to serving others. Jimmy’s advocacy skills and numerous leadership roles in the community will help us make a difference.”  

As a community volunteer and philanthropist, Honorary Chair Jimmy Westcott has tried to give hope and help to underserved women and children. She has served on many boards including the United Way where she chaired the Alexis de Touqueville award dinner, and the Dallas Symphony chairing a gala featuring YO YO Ma. She is a former chairman of the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center Board and was the first women chair of the Greater Dallas Boys and Girls Clubs, where she remains a trustee. Appointed to the Texas Commission for Women, she served as Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee. Other events she has chaired include the Genesis Women's Shelter luncheon, Stage Fest and the Salvation Army's fashion show and the Susan G. Komen anniversary luncheon. One of her current passions is Orphan Outreach, a ministry which serves orphans all over the world. She founded their annual Children's Hope Dinner receiving the Children's Hope award in 2018. She remains on the foundation boards of UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center and is proud to support first responders as a member of the North Texas Crime Commission. Her hope for the symphony luncheon is that a new generation will continue to embrace the importance of music in the lives of all children. 

The Fashion Notes Designer Award will be presented to Nardos Imam of Nardos Design specializing in custom couture. Nardos Design has expanded into evening wear, custom couture bridal, and a ready-to-wear line, which is available in her salon in Dallas with growing availability in cities across the United States. Today, women from all over the world come to Nardos’ atelier for her special couture experience. She has an eye for glamour and grace.  

Venise Stuart is President of the DSOL. The luncheon is presented by VERITEX COMMUNITY BANK, which has been a sponsor since the inaugural event, and sponsored by PaperCity.  

Fashion Notes will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a VIP reception followed by 11:00 a.m. general admission registration.  It will be a celebration of music and fashion. Some of the highlights of the day include the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, raffle, and a performance by the DSO Young Strings musicians. The latest fall fashions from TOOTSIES and Jojo Mommy will be featured with Scott Murray as the emcee. The event concludes with a stunning runway finale of some of Nardos’ most beautiful gowns.  

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs. Some of the quality outreach programs the League supports are: DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings and Young Musicians. 

Tickets: Presenting Sponsor is $15,000. Additional sponsorships are $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $300. In Honor Of donations are $100, $250, $500, $1000. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

For further information: www.dallassymphonyleague.com

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

History: Since 1946, the DSO League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts. Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $21 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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2021-2022 DSOL Board of Directors

The 2021-2022 calendar of events for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was presented to the Board of Directors at a recent kickoff luncheon hosted by President Venise Stuart.

“We are kicking off an exciting year ahead for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League,” said Stuart.  “We are 76 years old with a proud history of music, fundraising and fun!  Over the last several years we have contributed to the Dallas Symphony $21 million which goes towards the community and educational outreach programs in the Dallas area.”

DSOL members are invited to serve on committees or attend the fundraising activities held during the year: Fashion Notes (October 21); the signature 36th Annual Presentation Ball (February 12, 2022), the prestigious Junior Symphony Ball (January 29, 2022), the wine dinner Savor the Symphony, and exceptional musical evenings with DSO visiting artists or conductors  “A” Noteworthy Night (October 12, February 2, 2022, May 25, 2022). Members receive invitations to all these events.

Additional benefits for DSOL members are three (3) General Membership Meetings – a Fall Tea (October 6), a Winter Tea (February 16, 2022) and the Encore Luncheon (which is also the Annual Meeting, May 7, 2022). Additional invitations are available for evening events to hear various Dallas Symphony musicians with a glass of wine, attend lunch at the famous Orchestra Appreciation Luncheon, have a chance to work in the DSO Symphony Store on concert days, and several other social opportunities over the coming year.  Up to date information is provided on the DSOL website and league information is received via a newsletter and constant contact.

The League continues to support the education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony. Programs include Young Musicians, Young Strings, My DSO Concert, and the Cecil & Ida Green Youth Concerts which help develop the talents of exceptional and underrepresented youths in music.  Not only do members provide financial support, there are opportunities during the year to volunteer in these areas.

Over the last several years, volunteers have staffed several competitions held in the Dallas area. The Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Juanita Miller Competition and  Friedlander Competition for Young Strings which highlight the talents of young high school musicians who want to further their educational future. These competitions enable students to compete for college scholarships and the winners are invited to perform on large stages throughout the Texas region.

Membership in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League provides many benefits. Member meetings are always fun and educational while networking with friends and associates, and at the same time learning about the arts in the City of Dallas and the world renown Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Memberships start at $100. For further information or to pay for membership online, go to www.dallassymphonyleague.com.  Memberships must be received by September 10 to be included in the directory. Membership Chair Claire Catrino is available at 214-354-5658 or email claire4790@gmail.com.

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Junior Symphony Ball Check Presented to DSOL

Restrictions lifted paved way for hugely successful event 

 

Most organizations around the city can relate to the months of planning and preparation for their events only to have to cancel or postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Junior Symphony Ball (JSB) was among those groups whose plans were put on hold. The annual ball scheduled for January 2021 at Gilley’s was cancelled and it was uncertain if the event would be held this year.

The JSB is a “Purpose with a Party” fundraising event where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from over 40 participating schools come together for a central mission. The goal is to raise critical funds for Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music education and outreach programs which positively impact under-served youth in Dallas and throughout North Texas. It is an evening filled with live music, dancing and refreshments. JSB is now in its 64th year and is the longest-running fundraiser of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL).  

With the event on hold, the students kept busy during the time to keep their spirits up. In December, they collected 400 pounds of food for the Christmas food drive. 

After restrictions were lifted, the ball was re-scheduled and finally held on June 7, 2021, at the Toyota Music Factory, an outdoor venue. 

It was a huge success, carefully executed by 300 committee members. Over 1300 students from 40 schools attended, which was a celebratory evening with dinner, dancing and music by DJ André 7.   

The total dollars were tallied, and a tremendous sum had been raised by the students during this Covid-19 crisis year. At a private reception, the JSB committee presented a gigantic, oversized check to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League for $238,432. 

Anne Ligon, the DSOL President who presided over the year, was ecstatic and her heartfelt words were conveyed to the check presenters with passion. 

“I can’t express how much I appreciate your hard work.  I remained optimistic throughout my presidential year but also tried to be realistic due to the challenges of covid; I am blown away by what you all accomplished. 

“A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended the first Young Musicians’ orchestra event since the beginning of the pandemic. Being there filled my heart with joy. As I looked at each musician’s face, I saw pride in their accomplishment. I also noticed dads eagerly volunteering and proud moms videotaping the event. It was a beautiful sight.  

“Each fundraising dollar is connected to a face, a name, and a story, and you all changed lives with this event. The funds raised by JSB will ensure these kids have years of music instruction with the best teachers. In twenty years, some of these kids will be at a DSOL event sharing their success story, and you are actively taking part in it now. 

“I also want to express how appreciative I am because you all went far beyond the call of duty. You committed to nine months and went an extra four. And, as we all know, the spring semester of the junior and senior year of high school is hectic and overwhelming. It would have been so easy to quit, and many would have, but you all didn’t. Instead, you stayed with it. Look at your success! You all have changed lives with your hard work and commitment. Thank you.” 

The Parent Co-Chairs were Alison Muncy, Suzy Calvert, Liz Kelly, Debbie Robinowitz, Paula Wills, Justine Sweeny, Angela Jackson, Alyson Jackson, and Tish Key. 

Student Co-Chairs were Fletcher Calvert from ESD, Riley Calvert from ESD, Abbey Jackson from Parish, Sam Jackson from Jesuit, Lili Kelly from ESD, Harrison Keys from Highland Park, Madison Muncy from Highland Park, Emma Sweeney from Ursuline, and Kate Wills from Hockaday. 

The Underwriting Committee consisted of JSB moms Suzanne Calvert and Liz Kelly. 

The JSB committee is already at work planning next year’s event which has been scheduled at Gilley’s for January 29, 2022. Information is available at www.jsbdallas.org.

Photo by Deborah Brown

Key to photo: 

Junior Symphony Ball 2021 Student Chairs check presentation

Pictured from left: Anne Ligon, Lily Kelly, Jake Robinowitz, Sam Jackson, and Emma Sweeney, and Kim Noltemy.

Not Pictured: Fletcher Calvert, Riley Calvert, Abbey Jackson, Harrison Key, Madison Muncy, and Kate Wills.