The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2015-16 Debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities May 29 – May 31. The weekend marked the official start of a series of events culminating with the 30th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 20, 2016.
Announcement Weekend included an announcement party at Neiman Marcus on Friday, May 29, and a reception and fashion show on Saturday, May 30, also at Neiman Marcus. Designer Patti Flowers hosted a reception on Sunday, May 31 at her studio.
Presentation Ball Chair is Nancy Labadie and DSOL President is Melissa Lewis.
The 2016 debutantes are: Lauren Beal, Tasha Beal, Sarah Blazejewski, Ashley Clark, Ciara Cooley, Katherine Cullins, Loring Dalton, Mary Catherine Davis, Audrey Dike, Lindsey Elliott, Gail Ewing, Elena Frattaroli, Lizzy Gates, Ashton Gillespie, Linda Gilmore, Lily Guevel, Margaret Hamm, Mary Margaret Hancock, Carolina Henry, Alexandra Henry, McKenzie Hicks, Allison Horn, Maddie Lee, Eleanor Light, Tai Massimilian, Caroline McDaniel, Margaret Mulcahy, Madison Mulligan, Elizabeth Perry, Peyton Porter, Lowrie Reniger, Megan Rooney, Payton Scott, Laura Scully, Callie Stone, Darby Strickland, Abby Tisdale, Kayla Vrij, Meredith Weaver, Allison Weil, Mary Wheat, Morgan Winspear, and Allison Zashin.
The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. More than $10 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 mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed more than $13 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 Deborah Brown