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Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh, Richard and Betsy Eiseman, DSOL President Mari Epperson.

 

 

Richard Eiseman generously hosted a cocktail reception for the debutante and honor guard parents at his NorthPark store on December 7. The debutantes will make their debut at the 32nd Annual Presentation Ball on February 17 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Lori Routh is the Presentation Ball Chair and Mari Epperson is the DSOL President.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

 

 

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DSOL President Mari Epperson, Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh, event Co-Chair Kendra Averitt.

 

 

The Dallas Symphony debutantes returned for the Thanksgiving holidays and the days were filled with festivities in advance of the 32nd Annual Presentation Ball scheduled for February 17, 2018. The debutantes attended a Debs and Dads Brunch on November 25 at the Dallas Country Club. Each debutante and dad shared special joyous and heartfelt memories of each other.

 

The event was chaired by Kendra Averitt and Susan Averitt Duvall. Lori Routh is the Presentation Ball Chair and Mari Epperson is the DSOL President.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

 

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2018 Debutantes – Photo by James French

The 2018 Dallas Symphony debutantes were honored at a cocktail reception and buffet dinner on November 22 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The debutantes, honor guards and their families were welcomed by DSOL President Mari Epperson and Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh.

Each of the 33 debutantes were formally introduced by emcee Stan Gardner and joined by an honor guard escort for the presentation. The evening was the start of the holiday weekend which included a mixer for the debs and honor guards, 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 32nd Presentation Ball which will be held on February 17, 2018.

Group photo by James French

Additional Photos by Deborah Brown

 

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Event co-chair Angela Fontana, DSOL President Mari Epperson and event co-chair Penny Reid.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League guests enjoyed cuisine, libations and music from around the world at A Noteworthy Night held in the Crow Library on November 7, 2017. Guests were free to stroll the library and grounds, viewing the treasures both inside and out. Drink stations were placed in areas on the first floor which included German Beers , Russian Vodkas, and French Wines.  They were paired with international hors d’oeuvres passed by the servers, including Russian caviar and German Sausage.

 

Music by Young Strings musicians Carlos Vargas and Felicitas Corro greeted the guests during the reception. The special program for the evening featured a DSO String Quartet on stage in the Main Gallery. The performers were violinists Eunice Keem,Associate Concertmaster, Mariana Cottier-Bucco, Lydia Umlaufand cellist Abraham Feder.   

Ginger and Rod Sager were the Honorary Chairs and the event was chaired by Angela Fontana and Penny Reid. Mari Epperson is the DSOL President.  

Presenting Sponsor was Sidley Austin LLP.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

 

 

 

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Board co-chair Clare Graca, Executive Director Lolette May, Board co-chair Sara Ramos.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is creating new volunteer Area Boards in 46 geographic areas across the country. The new Dallas/Fort Worth Area Executive Board was announced by Executive Director Lolette May on November 9.

Area Executive Board members are dedicated, community-minded leaders who have the influence, passion and connection to mobilize people and organizations to support the Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

In North Texas, the American Cancer Society provided more than 22,058 services to nearly 8,000 cancer patients. It funded $7.7 million in grants to 13 researchers in North Texas. 47 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have received research funding from the Society. The Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball is the Society’s largest single fundraiser, raising $3.5 million. 33 local Relay for Life events with 2,805 cancer survivors and 14,536 participants raised $2.5 million.

The new co-chairs for the board are Clare Graca, Chief Business Development Officer, Integrative Emergency Services and Sara Ramos, Senior Vice President, PNC Financial Services. Each brings a wealth of talent and experience to their roles.

Members of the newly formed American Cancer Society Area Executive Board are: Kim Alumbaugh, M.D., Community Volunteer; Susan Arledge, President, ESRP; Dixey Arterburn, Vice President, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty; Kalyn Asher, President-Asker Media; Mindy Berkson, Founder & Surrogacy Consultant, Newborn Advantage Surrogacy; Claudia Coleman, Director Chief of Staff, AT&T; Mary Ann Denton, Licensed Professional Counselor; Lori Drew, Director, External Relations, Moncrief Cancer Institute/UT Southwestern; Kristin Jenkins, President, Dallas/Fort-worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation; Suzy Lockwood, Associate Dean for Nursing and Professor of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Albert Parra, M. D., Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; R. Steven Paulson, M. D., President/CEO, Texas Oncology; Terry Philen, Chief Financial Officer, Custom Extrusions Holdings, LLC; Ginger Sager, Community Volunteer ; Alesia Coffman Turner, Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor & Institutional Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; James Watson, Senior Vice President-Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; Thomas Williams, Attorney & Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP; Tori Wickard, Project Architect, Associate, Perkins + Will.

 

Photos by Barbara Gary

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Event co-chairs Kay Weeks and Susan Adzick.

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presented the 11th annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon AUTHENTIC TEXAS…food and gardens” on November 2 at the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. It is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

 

The Honorary Chair was Nancy Bierman, founder of “A Writer’s Garden” and Past President of the Women’s Council. Co-Chairs were Kay weeks and Susan Adzick. Melissa Lewis is the Women’s Council President.

 

Dorothea Meltzer served as the program chair and provided a stellar line up for the literary symposium. Kathleen Cunningham was the Emcee for the event, keeping everyone on schedule.

 

Giana dePaul and Julia Grace provided a lovely display of silent auction items including things for home, garden, fashion and entertaining.

 

Sponsors for the event were Dallas law firm Geary, Porter & Donovan (third year of sponsorship), Hilton Dallas/Park Cities, Worth New York, and Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. 

 

The guests heard engaging stories from authors and writers showcasing the cultural influences that shaped the distinct styles of Texas food, heartfelt stories about farming and ranching families in the forefront of the organic food movement, and personal experiences celebrating the value of using native plants and flowers in the planned landscape.

 

Pamela Walker shared the struggles of local farmers barely make a living and revealed stark figures of why buying locally is so important. She is from Santa Fe, NM and is a local farm and food activist, and author of Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas: Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State.

 

“By selling wholesale to national distributors, farmers make only 17 cents on every dollar spent on food in the stores,” she said. “By selling local, they can make 86 cents per dollar directly. When these dollars are spent locally, it greatly boosts the economies of the communities with 48% going back into economies instead of 14% for nationally distributed products.”

 

Jessica Dupuy from Austin, TX is a well-known columnist for Texas Monthly and author of United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State. A local chef Tyson Cole encouraged her to help him write a cookbook, Uchi: The Cook Book which was highly successful. She received a call about doing a cookbook a for the infamous Salt Lick restaurant located in Dripping Springs, TX.

 

“The restaurant only has 17 recipes,” said Dupuy. “The Salt Lick Cookbook focuses on the stories from four generations which has resided on 400 acres in the Hill Country and about the strong influential women in the family.”

 

Also entertaining was Andrea Delong-Amaya, the Director of Horticulture from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden columnist and teacher.

 

“Lady Bird Johnson was an advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways and maintained that where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Delong. “The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 was informally known as Lady Bird's Bill and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honors.”

 

The National Wildflower Research Center opened on Lady Bird’s 70th birthday and she died in 2007 at age 94 so she lived to the growth and impact it had on the state and for the nation.

 

It was perfect weather so guests enjoyed guided tours of A Tasteful Place and the Gardens after the luncheon.

 

For the past thirty-five years, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development, funding, maintenance and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Dedicated to the universal spirit of women, it is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, built by women and funded by the efforts of women. The support of over 550 members of the non-profit, all volunteer Women’s Council makes possible the continued improvement and expansion of A Woman’s Garden.

 

Photos by Chuck Clark

 

 

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Chris Evetts, Woodrow Wilson High School; Loretta Smith, W. H. Gaston Middle School; Ellen Kufel, Lakehill Preparatory School; Austin Aeschbacher, Northlake Elementary School; Lexi McClure, St. Thomas Aquinas; Caroline Cooper, Dallas Academy.

Six educators from the local East Dallas area were honored by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce for their passion, enthusiasm and dedication. The winners have been an inspiration to countless children and shaped the lives of future generations that have passed through their classrooms. Each will received $250 and each school of the winner will receive $100.

The event was held on November 14 at the Lakehill Preparatory School Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center on Ferguson Road and was sponsored by Oncor.

 

 

Winners


Austin Aeschbacher - Northlake Elementary School
Loretta Smith - W. H. Gaston Middle School
Chris Evetts - Woodrow Wilson High School
Lexi McClure - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
Ellen Kufel - Lakehill Preparatory School
Caroline Cooper - Dallas Academy

 

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Event co-chairs Kay Weeks and Susan Adzick.

 

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presented the 11th annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon AUTHENTIC TEXAS…food and gardens” on November 2 at the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. It is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

 

The Honorary Chair was Nancy Bierman, founder of “A Writer’s Garden” and Past President of the Women’s Council. Co-Chairs were Kay weeks and Susan Adzick. Melissa Lewis is the Women’s Council President.

 

Dorothea Meltzer served as the program chair and provided a stellar line up for the literary symposium. Kathleen Cunningham was the Emcee for the event, keeping everyone on schedule.

 

Giana dePaul and Julia Grace provided a lovely display of silent auction items including things for home, garden, fashion and entertaining.

 

Sponsors for the event were Dallas law firm Geary, Porter & Donovan (third year of sponsorship), Hilton Dallas/Park Cities, Worth New York, and Edible Dallas & Fort Worth.

 

The guests heard engaging stories from authors and writers showcasing the cultural influences that shaped the distinct styles of Texas food, heartfelt stories about farming and ranching families in the forefront of the organic food movement, and personal experiences celebrating the value of using native plants and flowers in the planned landscape.

 

Pamela Walker shared the struggles of local farmers barely make a living and revealed stark figures of why buying locally is so important. She is from Santa Fe, NM and is a local farm and food activist, and author of Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas: Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State.

 

“By selling wholesale to national distributors, farmers make only 17 cents on every dollar spent on food in the stores,” she said. “By selling local, they can make 86 cents per dollar directly. When these dollars are spent locally, it greatly boosts the economies of the communities with 48% going back into economies instead of 14% for nationally distributed products.”

 

Jessica Dupuy from Austin, TX is a well-known columnist for Texas Monthly and author of United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State. A local chef Tyson Cole encouraged her to help him write a cookbook, Uchi: The Cook Book which was highly successful. She received a call about doing a cookbook a for the infamous Salt Lick restaurant located in Dripping Springs, TX.

 

“The restaurant only has 17 recipes,” said Dupuy. “The Salt Lick Cookbook focuses on the stories from four generations which has resided on 400 acres in the Hill Country and about the strong influential women in the family.”

 

Also entertaining was Andrea Delong-Amaya, the Director of Horticulture from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden columnist and teacher.

 

“Lady Bird Johnson was an advocate for beautifying the nation's cities and highways and maintained that where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Delong. “The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 was informally known as Lady Bird's Bill and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest U.S. civilian honors.”

 

The National Wildflower Research Center opened on Lady Bird’s 70th birthday and she died in 2007 at age 94 so she lived to the growth and impact it had on the state and for the nation.

 

It was perfect weather so guests enjoyed guided tours of A Tasteful Place and the Gardens after the luncheon.

 

For the past thirty-five years, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development, funding, maintenance and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Dedicated to the universal spirit of women, it is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, built by women and funded by the efforts of women. The support of over 550 members of the non-profit, all volunteer Women’s Council makes possible the continued improvement and expansion of A Woman’s Garden.

 

Photos by Chuck Clark

 

 

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Kendra Averitt, Barbara Averitt, and Susan Duvall Averitt.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) presented Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show on Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Venetian Room of The Dallas Fairmont. The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show topped off with a delicious lunch generously underwritten by the hotel. Major underwriters included Barbara Averitt/Fete Set, Inc., Maureen Brodnax, and Darlene Ellison/Veritex Community Bank. Special favors were provided by Chocolate Secrets. 

Sarah Hardin served as the Honorary Chair of the event and it was co-chaired by Barbara Averitt, Kendra Averitt and Susan Averitt Duvall. Mari Epperson is the DSOL President.   

There were no professional models on the runway. Instead, the stunning fall fashions from Stanley Korshak and KidBiz featured on the catwalk were modeled by strong, successful, and stylish contributors to our community. The always lively Bret McKinney served as emcee. 

Allison Brodnax, Director of Volunteers Services of the Dallas Symphony Association, modeled with her one year old son Tucker and mother-in-law Maureen Brodnax. Tucker pushed a small stroller down the runway and melted the hearts of the audience. A first time model was Kevin Hall, COO of Grant Halliburton Foundation which helps raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health awareness for young adults.

Other models included Donna Arp Weitzman, author of Cinderella has Cellulite, columnist, and blogger; Darlene Ellison with Veritex Community Bank; Doris Jacobs and her daughter Teffy Jacobs, and Carole Ann Brown. 

The League strives to raise funds that support the love of music and the arts for thousands of youths and young adults in the Dallas Metroplex. Funds raised help to provide quality outreach educational programs, and musical competitions that light the way for talented local musicians. 

Since 1946, the 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 in the Dallas Metroplex.

 

Photos by Barbara Gary

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Susan Adzick, Scott and Diane Sealy, Kay Weeks

            

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden held a reception for the patrons of the 11th annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon on October 30 in the home of Diane and Scott Sealy.

 

The symposium “AUTHENTIC TEXAS…food and gardens” to be held on November 2 features three authors presenting engaging histories showcasing the cultural influences that shaped the distinct styles of Texas food, heartfelt stories about the farming and ranching families that are in the forefront of the organic food movement, and personal experiences that celebrate the value of using native plants and flowers in the planned landscape.

 

For the reception, guests were treated not only to a preview of the books that will be available for sale at the event, but also sampled appetizers made with recipes from Texas author Jessica Dupuy’s new cookbook United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State.

 

Women’s Council President Melissa Lewis introduced Honorary Chair Nancy Bierman, founder of “A Writer’s Garden” and Past President of the Women’s Council. She also thanked Dorothea Meltzer for securing another stellar line up of authors for the program, ensuring the success of the event. Dorothea has worked tirelessly to plan the speakers for the past several years.

 

None of the featured authors could be present so special guests for the evening were Nanci Taylor and Terri Taylor from the local magazine Edible Dallas & Forth Worth. For eight years, they have shared stories of the North Texas food community including growers, food and drink artisans, merchants, restaurateurs and chefs. The quarterly publication features recipes from each season.

 

Sponsors for the event include Dallas law firm Geary, Porter & Donovan (third year of sponsorship), Hilton Dallas/Park Cities, Worth New York, and Edible Dallas & Fort Worth.

 

About the Symposium and Luncheon

The symposium was held Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall and is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

 

The featured authors:

Jessica Dupuy, Austin, TX, well-known columnist for Texas Monthly and author of “United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State”;

 

Pamela Walker, Santa Fe, NM, local farm and food activist, and author of “Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas: Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State”;

 

Andrea De-Long-Amaya, Austin, TX, Director of Horticulture, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden columnist and teacher.