Shannon Thompson, Janice Walsh, Kim Judin
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 19.
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 two polo matches and dinner and drinks as well as the halftime festivities.
Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages, the evening was one of the season events for the debutantes which culminate with the 36th Presentation Ball, to be held on February 12, 2022.
Sherwood Wagner is the Honorary Chair, and Elizabeth Gambrell is the Presentation Ball Chairman. The DSOL President is Venise Stuart.
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, 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