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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce(GEDCC) will host its 15th Annual Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre (8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206). The Chamber, comprised of East Dallas community leaders and advocates, is thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be well-known Entrepreneurial Power Couple – Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson. Bringing years of experience and dedication to their careers and the business community, Alexa & Bradley will focus their conversation on their background, entrepreneurial journey, the transition/balance of having a “day job” and an “entrepreneurial endeavor,” plus maybe a few inside secrets on their life together. 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 “East Dallas Works…” 

Other featured speakers are Councilmembers David Blewett, Adam Bazaldua, Paula Blackmon and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough include Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pia Orrenius, VP/Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. They will speak 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 and Hillside Tavern is the Keynote Sponsor.  Oncor and Comerica Bank are confirmed as a Gold Sponsor.  Additional Sponsors include Veritex Community Bank and Frost Bank as a Silver Sponsor and Bishop Lynch High School and Times Ten Cellars as a Bronze Sponsor. CandysDirt.com and Advocate are Media Sponsors.   

Registration begins at 9:00am, and the program begins promptly at 9:30am. The morning will include a continental breakfast during Registration, followed by speaker introductions and Q&A sessions. Throughout the summit, participants will hear from event sponsors and have the opportunity to network and visit various Committee tables in the hall. 

The 2019 Economic Summit Co-Chairs include Richard Moore with Lakewood Title and Darlene Ellison with Veritex Community Bank

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 214-328-4100, 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 214-328-4100. 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 214-328-4100 or visit Economic Summit.

Program for the Summit
9:00       Check-in and Registration
9:30       Councilmember David Blewett  
               Councilmember Adam Bazaldua
               Councilmember Paula Blackmon
               Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough
10:20     Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News
11:10     Pia Orrenius, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
11:50     Break
12:20     Lunch
12:45     Keynote Speakers: Alexa Conomos & Bradley Anderson           
1:25       Program ends

 

About Keynote Speakers, Alexa Conomos & Bradley Anderson

Alexa Conomos has been proud to call North Texas home for almost 20 years.  Alexa came to Dallas in 2001 to grow her career in television journalism at WFAA-TV Channel 8, where she recently wrapped up her broadcast career as the anchor of News 8 Daybreak.  She continues to work as a multi-media Journalist, including podcast producing and hosting, media coaching, and content creation.  She recently partnered with her former WFAA Co-Anchor Ron Corning to launch the podcast show, “Morning After with Ron and Alexa.”  Alexa is also a licensed realtor in the luxury real estate market and integrates her journalism background by producing and hosting compelling video stories to sell her clients’ homes.  A mother of three, she is especially passionate about social issues that affect children and their families.   

Bradley Anderson’s grand-mere’s (Nellyquita) love of all things culinary was instrumental in the food and wine path that he decided to pursue. After receiving a B.A. in French at the University of Texas in Austin and spending a year studying at the Universite de Paris X Nanterre, he went on to receive a J.D. at the University of Houston Law Center. Although Bradley continues to practice law, his true intent remains all things food and wine. Bradley co-owns Veritas Wine Room, Boulevardier, Rapscallion, and Hillside Tavern with his brother Brooks.

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Patti Flowers and Venise Stuart

 

Venise Stuart is paired with longtime friend and collaborator Patti Flowers
who will receive the 2nd Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award.

 

Venise Stuart is the Honorary Chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s  6th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon, Auctions and Style Show on Monday, November 4th at The Ritz-Carlton. She will work with her longtime friend and collaborator Patti Flowers who will receive the 2nd  Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award. The duo are paired for another major event in the coming months. Venise is the President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and Patti will chair the Mad Hatter’s Tea next April for the organization.

The two first met when serving with the Junior League of Dallas over 20 years ago. As longtime friends, they have worked tirelessly together and separately on behalf of the Dallas Symphony and many cultural arts organizations in Dallas.

Venise and Patti have served on the Dallas Symphony boards in various capacities and each has chaired the DSOL’s Presentation Ball. They have a mutual respect of one another for what each does for the Dallas community. Patti has designed many of Venise’s gowns and dresses for numerous charity events.

 Venise is a prominent civic leader in the Dallas area and her long history with the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Symphony League began when she joined the Junior Group of the DSOL in 1986. She was honored to have served as a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors from 2001-2004. 

In addition to serving as the current president of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, Venise is co-chairing the Woman of Distinction Luncheon for Girl Scouts of North Texas on October 18.  She holds leadership positions with Junior League of Dallas and AWARE Dallas and is past president of both Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society and Les Femmes du Monde. Venise received the 2019 UTD Distinguished Alumni Award this past March where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business & Pubic Administration.  She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas. 

Venise and her husband, Larry, have held season tickets for both Classical and Pops Concerts since the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened in 1989. Venise considers the majority of her life-long friends to be her 'symphony friends' who she has served with since that time.

Patti is a native Texan who spent her career in the luxury fashion industry. She began designing over 35 years ago. When the exclusive Dallas retailer Stanley Korshak opened its first bridal salon, Flowers was asked to be the in-house designer specializing in bridal, evening, and debutante gowns. Today, Flowers is recognized as one of the premier bridal and fine apparel designers in Texas.

In 2006, Flowers launched the Patti Flowers Design Studio. Since that time, she has dressed many of the most fashionable women in Texas. In early 2012, she expanded to her new studio in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas and debuted The Studio Collection. Known for her refined approach to design and deep desire to highlight the woman wearing the gown, the Patti Flowers brand is both timeless and modern with exquisite couture quality. The Patti Flowers Design Studio works with industry experts to ensure the latest and finest selections of silks, laces, and embellishments are available from around the world. All couture gowns are created at the Dallas Studio. 

Flowers' designs are featured in numerous publications including: Women's Wear Daily, People Magazine, D Magazine, Modern Luxury and the coffee table book Outdoor Weddings by Mallory Samson. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Tech/College of Human Sciences in 2011.

Fashion Notes will kick off holiday celebrations with the luncheon and style show highlighting fashion design and the Dallas Symphony community. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mystery Notes Reception, a reimagined silent auction and Designer Award Presentation and Show followed by a Luncheon Live Auction. Stunning fall fashions from Stanley Korshak, Patti Flowers Design Studio and Kid Biz will be featured modeled by League members and their families, past and present DSOL Debutantes and members of the DSO family. 

The event is chaired by Kristin Cordiak and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President. 

The luncheon is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank for the 6th year. The Ritz-Carlton is the hotel sponsor. Other sponsors include Stanley Korshak, Kid Biz, RBC Wealth Management and Sullivan and Tillery Group.

Benefiting: Proceeds from the event 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 and Young Strings and Young Strings Musicians. 

Tickets: Sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $7500, $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500. Sponsorship and Underwriting benefits include preferred seating, modeling spots, DSO concert tickets and recognition, special program visibility and more. 

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

Media: Facebook:   facebook.com/DSOLvolunteers

              Instagram:   @DSOLeague            

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 $19 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 is soliciting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year Award. The purpose is to recognize educators 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. 

There will be awards for Elementary School, Middle School and High School for both Public and Private Schools in the East Dallas area of Dallas, Texas. A total of six awards will be presented. 

Nominations are being solicited from the Education Community, from the Chamber Board of Directors and from Chamber membership. The awards event will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at Lakehill Preparatory Schools Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center located at 7401 Ferguson Road (on the northwest quadrant of Ferguson Road and I-30). 

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

Click here for online nomination form

Deadline is October 12 

For further information, contact the Chamber office at 214-328-4100. 

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.



For further information: 214-328-4100
 

Submit nomination by email to: president@eastdallaschamber.com

Deadline: October 12

 

Click here for online nomination form

 

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Samantha Anne Sullivan - photo by Gittings

Samantha Anne Sullivan will represent the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League in the 65th Annual Jewel Ball in Austin on September 21, 2019 at the Palmer Events Center.  The Jewel Ball honors families throughout the state who have contributed significantly to their respective Symphony Orchestras.  Sponsored by the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, proceeds from the event benefit educational and music appreciation programs.  

Samantha is the daughter of Mr. Travis Daniel Sullivan Jr. and Mrs. Eve Norton Sullivan.  She is a Junior at Southern Methodist University, where she is pursuing a degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations and a minor in History.  She was presented at the DSOL Ball in February 2019.  She is a DSOL Assembly Representative and a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at Southern Methodist University.  

Samantha held an internship with Allie Beth Allman & Associates this summer and is interested in pursuing a career in Real Estate.  She enjoys traveling, interior design and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Photo by Gittings 

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Dr. Theresa Danial, Tracy Palmer, Cecillia McKay, vickie washington

Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated annually for over 20 years with a program by a local Dallas women’s organization, Women’s Issues Network (WIN). Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. The group celebrated the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall on August 21.

Over 150 women attended wearing white to represent the women suffragists who campaigned for women’s voting rights. The history of that campaign is kept alive annually on Women’s Equality Day because there are still many battles to be fought for women’s equality.

The event is only an hour long so that the newly elected Mayor Eric Johnson and City Council members can attend on their lunch break. With so many new  councilmembers, the majority did their homework and wore white to show their support including Jennifer Staubach Gates, Adam Bazaldua, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough, Casey Thomas, Chad West, Tennell Atkins, David Blewitt, Paula Blackmon, and Carolyn King Arnold. A surprise guest this year was Commissioner John Wiley Price. It was his first time to attend and, with his reputation for being well dressed, he was appropriately attired in white. 

Other elected officials in attendance – and wearing white - included Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, State Representatives Victoria Neave and Rhetta Bowers, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Theresa Daniel and Dr. Elba Garcia,.

Proclamations from the State of Texas, Dallas County and the City of Dallas were read and a brief program followed. Featured speakers were Tracy Palmer, Cecilia McKay and vickie washington, three outstanding ladies from the community who shared their stories about the struggles and hardships endured to achieve the success they have today. Each spoke of when women in their communities, African American, Hispanic and Native American, received the right to vote, which was later that when Anglo women were allowed to vote on the national level. Some states had already given Anglo women voting rights. 

Tracy Palmer is currently a Specialist II working in the American Indian Education Program for the Dallas Independent School District. Ms. Palmer has been with DISD for 11 years and in Indian Education for 25 years, working with Native American students in grades pre-K through 12. She earned an Associate degree from Haskell Indian Junior College, a B.F.A. from the University of Tulsa and a master’s degree in Gifted Education from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Palmer is honored to have a career serving her people and assisting Native American students prepare for a career or a higher education degree after graduation from high school. Ms. Palmer is a descendent from three tribes: Creek, Seminole and Cherokee. She is a registered member of the Muskogee Creek Anion of Oklahoma. 

Cecillia McKay, an active Community volunteer, has held Leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations since moving to Dallas in 1988. She has served as president of the Hispanic 100, the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Dallas and State, the Women’s Center of Dallas and the League of Women Voters Dallas. Among the many recognitions for her volunteer work, Ms. McKay’s awards include: the American Jewish Congress’ Women of Spirit; Girl’s Inc., She know Where She is Going; SMU’s Profiles in Leadership; Dallas Women’s Foundation Leadership Award (formerly the Women’s Center of Dallas Maura Women Helping Women Award); and the YWCA Volunteer with a Heart. After a long career in the financial field, Ms. McKay transitioned to the non-profit world and was Executive Director of the Concilio until her retirement in 2005.

vickie washington is a stage and screen actor, writer, teacher, director and acting and audition coach. A graduate of Texas Women’s University, Dallas native washingrton says that she has been working and teaching in the Dallas theater Community for so long that former students are now hiring her. She is an instructor and director in the theater department of Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and in 2015 was recognized by the Dallas Observer as the best director for the world premiere production of former student Jonathan Norton’s Mississippi Goddamn. She is also the founder and producing director of r.t.w.~reading the writers, a readers theatre performance organization. The mother of 4, who earned her Actors Equity card while still in her 20’s, deeply values the gift of theatre and the powerful ways in which it can be utilized to tell the stories of the African Diaspora.

Sponsors for this event
American Association of University Women—Dallas Chapter; BURRS; Sumico Columbia; Carol Donovan-Dallas County Democratic Party-Chair; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Dallas Alumnae Chapter; The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt; Federally Employed Women-Dallas Area Chapter; Catalina Garcia, M.D.; Marcy Helfand; Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors— Powerful Women Committee; Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas; Jane’s Due Process; Dr. Scherry Johnson; La Voz Del Anciano; League of Women Voters of Collin County; League of Women Voters of Dallas; Martha Tiller Company; Nicole and Ian Mattingly; Marilyn Mauthe; National Council of Jewish Women— Greater Dallas Section; Our Friends Place; Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas; Lillian E. Salerno; Judy Shure; South East Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club; Southwest Jewish Congress; Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund; Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; Texas Women’s Foundation; The Afiya Center; The Links Inc. — Dallas Chapter; United Nations Association — Dallas Chapter; Veteran Feminists of America; Women Organizing Women (WOW) Democrats; Women’s Council of Dallas County.

Background
Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.

Until the passage of the Amendment, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.

Photos by Deborah Brown

Key to photos

1 Mayor Eric Johnson
2 Councilmen show their support: Adam Bazaldua, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough, Casey Thomas, Chad West, Tennell Atkins, David Blewitt.
3 Councilwomen in support: Paula Blackmon, Cara Mendelsohn, Carolyn King Arnold, Jennifer Staubach Gates, WIN Member Norma Minnis.
4 Harryette Ehrhardt, Dr. Theresa Daniel
5 Most in the audience were wearing white.
6 More white everywhere!
7 Clare Buie Chaney, Karen Roberts, JoAnn Jenkins.
8 Councilmen Adam Medrano, Omar Narvaez.
9 Dr. Theresa Danial, Tracy Palmer, Cecilia McKay, vickie washington.

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Front Row – Vikki Martin, Ferguson Road Initiative; Erika Konig and Carina Trejo, Element Dallas Downtown East; Sammy Mandell, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company; Sue and Marc Cassel, 20 Feet Seafood Joint; Back Row: Chamber Chairman Mike Nurre; Jesse Simmons, Jesse’s AC & Appliance Repair; Casey Cutler, Good Local Markets; Elizabeth Dry, Promise of Peace Gardens; Jeff Snoyer, Highland Park Cafeteria.

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce presented their annual business awards on August 20 at a luncheon held at the Lakewood Country Club. 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
HIGHLAND PARK CAFETERIA
 
CHAIRMAN’S BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 
FERGUSON ROAD INITIATIVE
 
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
ELEMENT DALLAS DOWNTOWN EAST
 
LIVE LOCAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
20 FEET SEAFOOD JOINT
GOOD LOCAL MARKETS
GREENVILLE AVENUE PIZZA COMPANY
 
R. S. MUNGER BUSINESS PIONEER AWARD
PROMISE OF PEACE GARDENS
 
PEOPLE’S CHOICE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
JESSE’S AC & APPLIANCE REPAIR

Runners Up:
Sign Dreamers of Dallas & Park Cities
East Dallas Automotive

 

 

Photos by Maggie Murphree

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Get your glad rags on and dust off your dancing shoes. The 1920s are almost here again! Join us for an evening at the Alexander Mansion as we celebrate the music and fashion of the 1920s in Downton Abbey style!The Dallas Woman’s Forum’s Fashion & Style Department presents Downton Jazz Night on September 28, 2019 from 8-11 p.m. at the Alexander Mansion located at 4607 Ross Avenue. Hosted by the Dallas Woman's Forum, the party will be held at Dallas' historic 12,500 sq ft Alexander Mansion where guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being entertained by the pre swing, hot jazz musical stylings of the Matt Tolentino band. 

What does your $55 ticket buy at the Downton Jazz Night, you ask? Well, spending the evening inside the historic 1904 mansion is worth the fee in itself....BUT, you will also spend the evening being transported to the pre-swing era of hot jazz with crooner, Matt Tolentino (of Singapore Slingers); you will be amazed and amused by comic magician Rick Morrill, who has more than one trick up his sleeve; if you're hungry, choose from a buffet of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres as well as something to satisfy any sweet tooth. Oh, and did I mention OPEN BAR?? Additionally, your very own Steve Hebert, of Knightsbridge Motors and Caitlin Hébert of All Heels on Duty will be in attendance with their Model A, "Millie". In fact, a few Model A's will be parked at the carriage entrance. What great photo opportunities between the antique cars and a gorgeous historic home! Are you as excited as I am?? Tell your friends, and don't forget, prices increase September 1st!

Tickets $55 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

To Purchase tickets:

Online:  http://www.dallaswomansforum.org

By Mail: Send a check ($55 per person) to Dallas Woman’s Forum, P.O. Box 140997, Dallas, Texas 75214-0997.

By Phone: 214/823-4533 and leave your name and phone number and we will call back for credit card information. Tickets will be held at the door.

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Over the past 39 years, some of Dallas most outstanding women and a few very good men have served on the Women’s Issues Network Board. As America approaches the century mark next year for women having won the basic right to vote and with so many women are now positioned to serve in leadership positions, including the highest office of the land, it seems appropriate to remember and to thank some of the leaders of WIN who did not get to enjoy this milestone.  They did their part in difficult times and now we, the ones who benefit from their good fight, thank them and pledge to not let their service have been in vain as we push to keep their progress in place even as fear and excessive greed try to reverse this history.  

A salute to a few of the Women’s Issues stalwarts (all past president or vice-president of WIN) who are no longer with us:

Vivian Castleberry - Legendary journalist, author, and champion of women; Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and advisor to leaders in Texas and the world for more than 60 years.  Founder of WIN, Women’s Center of Dallas, Dallas Women’s Foundation and Castleberry Peace Institute.

Virginia (Ginny) Whitehill - forty + years of civic activism focused on raising the status of women - co-founder of the following:  Women’s Center of Dallas, Dallas Women’s Coalition, The Family Place: Women’s Issues Network.  

Dan Weiser - political strategist and active political expert in redistricting trials.  President of the board of Media Projects and served on the Cultural affairs Commission for the City of Dallas, Dallas Council of World Affairs, and Save Open Space.  Numerous awards for promoting women in political world when that was a rare and wonderful thing to do!

Barbara Materka - President of League of Women Voters, Chair of North Texas Planned Parenthood, Women’s Council of Dallas County and leading advocate to fight the poll tax and Veteran Feminist of America.

Irene Ramirez - an aerospace engineer and former stater chair of the Texas AAUW.

Kay Cole - co-founder of Scientific Communications; president of Women’s Southwest Federal Credit Union, Dallas Women’s foundation Circle of Honor; passionate chair of Women’s Equality Day for many years.

Cathy Doyle - Executive Director of the Constantin Foundation, DMA Development Officer, Board of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Junior League of Dallas. 

Susan Abrahamson - search firm executive and active feminist; past president of WIN.

Gloria de La Cruz - career in telecommunications; served as a member of Mayor’s Hispanic Task Force for former Dallas mayor Annette Strauss; leader and advocate for Hispanic and women’s organizations.

Background
Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality.

Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920. 

Until that time, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.

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Women's Equality Day celebrating the 99th Anniversary of women’s right to vote will be August 21, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Just one hour!) at Dallas City Hall - Flag Room on the 6th floor - 1500 Marilla Drive.The event has been celebrated annually by WIN for over 20 years. More than 100 women wearing white will descend upon City Hall for the program. White garments represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote, keeping their memory alive. It is held during the City Council lunch break and many of them wear white to show support. The event is open to the public. 

Over the past 39 years, some of Dallas most outstanding women and a few very good men have served on the Women’s Issues Network Board. As America approaches the century mark for women having won the basic right to vote and with so many women are now positioned to serve in leadership positions, including the highest office of the land, it seems appropriate to remember and to thank some of the leaders of WIN who did not get to enjoy this milestone.  They did their part in difficult times and now we, the ones who benefit from their good fight, thank them and pledge to not let their service have been in vain as we push to keep their progress in place even as fear and excessive greed try to reverse this history.  

A salute to a few of the Women’s Issues stalwarts (all past president or vice-president of WIN) who are no longer with us:

Vivian Castleberry - Legendary journalist, author, and champion of women; Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and advisor to leaders in Texas and the world for more than 60 years.  Founder of WIN, Women’s Center of Dallas, Dallas Women’s Foundation and Castleberry Peace Institute.

Virginia (Ginny) Whitehill - forty + years of civic activism focused on raising the status of women - co-founder of the following:  Women’s Center of Dallas, Dallas Women’s Coalition, The Family Place: Women’s Issues Network.  

Dan Weiser - political strategist and active political expert in redistricting trials.  President of the board of Media Projects and served on the Cultural affairs Commission for the City of Dallas, Dallas Council of World Affairs, and Save Open Space.  Numerous awards for promoting women in political world when that was a rare and wonderful thing to do!

Barbara Materka - President of League of Women Voters, Chair of North Texas Planned Parenthood, Women’s Council of Dallas County and leading advocate to fight the poll tax and Veteran Feminist of America.

Irene Ramirez - an aerospace engineer and former stater chair of the Texas AAUW.

Kay Cole - co-founder of Scientific Communications; president of Women’s Southwest Federal Credit Union, Dallas Women’s foundation Circle of Honor; passionate chair of Women’s Equality Day for many years.

Cathy Doyle - Executive Director of the Constantin Foundation, DMA Development Officer, Board of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Junior League of Dallas. 

Susan Abrahamson - search firm executive and active feminist; past president of WIN.

Gloria de La Cruz - career in telecommunications; served as a member of Mayor’s Hispanic Task Force for former Dallas mayor Annette Strauss; leader and advocate for Hispanic and women’s organizations.

Program
Women’s Equality Day will include Proclamations and/or resolutions for the 99th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day presented by the State of Texas by Representative Victoria Neave; from the City of Dallas by Dallas Council Member Jennifer Gates; and from Dallas County Commissioners Court by Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel.

Sponsors for this event
American Association of University Women—Dallas Chapter; BURRS; Sumico Columbia; Carol Donovan-Dallas County Democratic Party-Chair; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Dallas Alumnae Chapter; The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt; Federally Employed Women-Dallas Area Chapter; Catalina Garcia, M.D.; Marcy Helfand; Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors— Powerful Women Committee; Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas; Jane’s Due Process; Dr. Scherry Johnson; La Voz Del Anciano; League of Women Voters of Collin County; League of Women Voters of Dallas; Martha Tiller Company; Nicole and Ian Mattingly; Marilyn Mauthe; National Council of Jewish Women— Greater Dallas Section; Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas; Lillian E. Salerno; Judy Shure; South East Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club; Southwest Jewish Congress; Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund; Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; Texas Women’s Foundation; The Afiya Center; The Links Inc. — Dallas Chapter; United Nations Association — Dallas Chapter; Veteran Feminists of America; Women Organizing Women (WOW) Democrats; Women’s Council of Dallas County. 

Background
Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality.

Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920. 

Until that time, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.

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Audrey Magnuson, Eleanor Gambrell, Allie McWhorter, Annalea Pedigo, Grace Olson

Cocktail dresses were the attire for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s debutantes Casino Party held at The Venue at 400 North Ervay on July 27. The debs, honor guard, and their families had dinner, casino games, and dancing with live music by Ice House. The food and beverages were graciously underwritten by Food Glorious Food. 

The event was chaired by Mari Epperson. The Presentation Ball Chair is Melissa Lewis and DSOL President is Kim Brannon. 

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2019-2020 Debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities in June. It marked the official start of the season of events culminating with the 34th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 8, 2020. Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. John Gilmore will serve as Honorary Chairs. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 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.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown