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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

 

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Kelly Dybala, Angela Fontana, Penny Reid

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League was excited to host its annual Savor the Symphony on April 21 at The Ritz-Carlton.

The event was made possible by Presenting Sponsor SIDLEY. Angela Fontana and Penny Reid were the event chairs and Venise Stuart is the DSOL President. 

The elegant night began at 6:30 with a cocktail reception and silent auction for the guests to have the opportunity to bid on individual bottles of wine and other items, preview the live auction packages and to purchase wine through the Wine Pull. Guests were seated at 7:15 p.m. for a lavish three-course wine-paired dinner.

The guest speaker was Dr. Ron Sanchez, the owner of Domaine Verdant vineyard in Yamhill-Carleton AVA, Oregon known for pinot noirs. A brief musical performance was presented by DSO violinist Sasha Adkins and cellist Nan Zhang and a live auction followed.  

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 Young Musicians, Young Strings and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Series. These programs impact over 35,000 area students and are vital as they promote brain development and increased high school graduation rates, and open the door to a brighter future with more opportunities for the program participants.

Photos by Jeff Smith

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Nicholas Koch (St. Mark’s), Peyton Plumlee (Parish), Caroline Syler (Ursuline), Kim Noltemy, Venise Stuart, James Click (ESD), Ava Haberer (HPHS), Anne Rubi (Hockaday) and Cade Jordan (Jesuit).

The Junior Symphony Ball (JSB) on January 29th at Gilley’s was a huge success, carefully executed by more than 300 committee members. Over 2400 students from 35 schools attended a celebratory evening with dinner, dancing and music.

The total dollars were tallied, and a tremendous sum has been raised by the students. At a recent private reception, the JSB committee presented a gigantic, oversized check to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) for $446,000.

Venise Stuart, 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 and what it means to the Dallas Symphony. I am blown away by what you all accomplished,” she said.

The steering committee consisted of Mandy Click, Leah Haberer, Tiffany Rubi, Jill Jordan, Courtney Plumlee, Leigh Koch, and Cindy Syler. Student co-chairs were Nicholas Koch (St. Mark’s), Peyton Plumlee (Parish), Caroline Syler (Ursuline), Kim Noltemy, Venise Stuart, James Click (ESD), Ava Haberer (HPHS), Anne Rubi (Hockaday) and Cade Jordan (Jesuit).

The JSB is a “Purpose with a Party” fundraising event where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from over 35 participating schools come together and celebrate with an evening filled with live music, dancing, professionally staffed gaming tables, raffles, prizes and refreshments.  The goal is to raise critical funds for Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music education and outreach programs such as Young Strings and Young Musicians which positively impact under-served youth in Dallas and throughout North Texas. JSB is now in its 64th year and is the longest-running fundraiser of the DSOL. 

Photo by Deborah Brown

FROM LEFT: Nicholas Koch (St. Mark’s), Peyton Plumlee (Parish), Caroline Syler (Ursuline), Kim Noltemy, Venise Stuart, James Click (ESD), Ava Haberer (HPHS), Anne Rubi (Hockaday) and Cade Jordan (Jesuit).

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Lakewood neighbors and local businesses gathered for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural event Building Blocks held on April 20 at Caddo Office Reimagined.

Nearly 200 guests attended the family-friendly evening which was free and open to the public with food, drinks, door prizes and wares from local vendors. Local businesses had displays and special offers for attendees. Adult beverages were provided by Times Ten Cellars and White Rock Alehouse along with food samplings from CAVA, DELEON PROVISIONS, Scalini’s Pizza, and BarNone, among others. DJ Deluxe Mark Ridlen played rocking tunes providing a festive atmosphere for the evening. Local businesses included Lantana Studios Photography, Chisholm Trail Financial Group, Fold Studios, Charlie's Treats - Kid Made, Kid Owned, Mood Virtual Contractors, Free My Music, Adams Keegan-Payroll, Benefits, Advisory; IHC Specialty Benefits, Lakewood Dental Studio, Juliette Fowler Communities, Life in the Hills, SleepCreme, and White Rock Lake Weekly.

Mark Ramsey, chair for the event, leads the Chamber’s Live Local East Dallas committee which works on projects such as this to event to support local small business owners. This was the first of several of these planned for different areas of East Dallas.

“I had several people tell me that this was one of the best events that they've been to in a long time,” said Chamber Chairman Brad Grist. “Several more indicated that it was events like this that were why they joined the East Dallas Chamber.”

For information about the Chamber visit www.eastdallaschamber.com.

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce named six Teacher of the Year recipients at their annual education luncheon held at St. John’s Episcopal School on Thursday, April 14. The purpose is to recognize educators K-12 who are providing outstanding education for their respective students. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote education. The awards were for public and private elementary, middle and high schools in the East Dallas area of Dallas. Each recipient received a $250 cash prize and each school represented received $250 as well.

The winners are: Kathryn Potter, St. John's Episcopal School; Cathia Arevalo, S. S. Conner Elementary; Tom Trautman, Bishop Lynch High School. Emily Reynosa, Lee McShan Elementary; Andrew Lyons, Alex W. Spence Middle School; and Tiffany You, Dallas Academy.

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Front row: Karen Hettrick, Vice Chair l for the Greater East Dallas Chamber; Tiffany You, Dallas Academy; Cathia Arevalo, S. S. Conner Elementary; Kathryn Potter, St. John's Episcopal School; Back row: Tom Trautman, Bishop Lynch High School; Andrew Lyons, Alex W. Spence Middle School; Emily Reynosa, Lee McShan Elementary.

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Come Meet Your Neighbors!

Building Blocks is a free event for families showcasing Lakewood businesses 

Join neighbors and sample some of Lakewood’s local restaurants, artisans, and local businesses at the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Building Blocks to be held on Wednesday, April 20 at Caddo Office Reimagined at 6301 Gaston Avenue from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This event is open to the public, family-friendly, and free to attend.  There will be food, drinks, and wares from local vendors. Local businesses will have displays and special offers for attendees. Adult beverages will be provided by Times Ten Cellars along with food samplings from Cava, DELEON PROVISIONS, Fajita Pete’s, and Liberty Burger among others. 

This is the first of several of these planned for different areas of East Dallas.

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2022 Debutantes were introduced at the 36th Annual Presentation Ball which was held on February 12, 2022 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 

The Honorary Chair for the Ball was Sherwood Wagner, a longtime supporter of the DSO and the Dallas community. The Presentation Ball Chair was Elizabeth Gambrell and DSOL President is Venise Stuart. Elizabeth and Venise knew well what to expect during the debutante season. Elizabeth’s daughter Eleanor made her debut in 2020. Venise was Presentation Ball Chair in 2015 and also had an Honor Guard son, Marcus.

“The Ball was the culmination of a season of events which started in May, 2021,” said DSOL President Venise Stuart. “It has provided an opportunity for these young debutantes and their honor guard escorts to experience the excitement and beauty of our world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and become our city's next generation of symphony and arts supporters.”

There were numerous parents who have had debutante daughters and honor guard sons in prior years.

Janie and David Condon’s daughter Grace was the third debutante in the family to be presented.

Margaret and Barry Hancock’s daughter Katherine made her debut and the family knows the debutante season well. Daughter Mary Margaret made her debut in 2016 and son James was an Honor Guard in 2020. However, their history with the Presentation Ball dates even further back starting with the first ball held in 1987 when Barry was an Honor Guard. He met Margaret the next year when she made her debut and they were married a few years later. With Katherine’s debut, all the family members have participated. 

The Presentation Ball was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who also chaired the first ball.

“The Presentation Ball brings families and friends together, with friendships old and new creating a Camelot experience to carry you a lifetime,” said Tincy. “We do not remember the days, we remember the moments. This is a Camelot moment.”

The 2021-2022 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, and Kelsey Wittmann.

 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $12 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event. 

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 $20 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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Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce
2022 Teacher of the Year Awards

Nominations Accepted Now

 

DALLAS (March 2, 2022) - The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year Award. The purpose is to recognize educators K-12 who are providing outstanding education for their respective students. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote education. The deadline for submitting nominations is

Thursday, March 31, 2022.
 
There will be awards for public and private elementary, middle and high schools in the East Dallas area of Dallas. A total of six awards will be presented. Each recipient will receive a $250 cash prize and each school represented will receive $250 as well.
 
Nominations are being solicited from the Dallas education community, from the Chamber Board of Directors and from Chamber membership. The awards luncheon will be held on

Thursday, April 21, 2022 at St. John’s Episcopal School located at 848 Harter Road.

 
All nominations will be submitted online. Below are the criteria for the nominees 

NOMINEE ELIGIBILITY
Individuals employed as full-time classroom/laboratory/ teachers and coaches are eligible recipients for this award.

CRITERIA

  1. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE:  The nominee demonstrates instructional expertise, creativity, and innovation. The nominee uses a variety of techniques to effectively address students’ different learning styles and needs. The nominee is an instructional leader at the local, state, and/or national level.
  2. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:  The nominee frequently interacts with community members on substantive education issues. The nominee identifies and helps to bring community resources to students in both formal and informal settings.
  3. LEADERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  The nominee continually engages in experience to improve his or her practice and to gain new skills and knowledge. The nominee shares this new learning with colleagues in a variety of venues. The nominee’s participation in and commitment to professional development has a visible impact on his or her institution, student and community.
  4. ATTENTION TO DIVERSITY:  The nominee works to provide a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, regardless of differences. The nominee recognizes and explicitly addresses the full array of values, cultures, and experiences represented in our diverse modern society, both through curriculum and instruction and in other interactions with students.

 

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Online nomination forms are available: www.eastdallaschamber.com


For further information: 214-328-4100
Email to:  president@eastdallaschamber.com