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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.

 

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will pay tribute to Dallas fashion designer Patti Flowers at its 6th Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon, Auctions and Style Show on Monday, November 4th at The Ritz-Carlton. Patti will receive the 2nd Annual Fashion Notes Designer Award.

Patti is a native Texan who spent her career in the luxury fashion industry. She began designing over 25 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, and Outdoor Weddings by Mallory Samson.

Fashion Notes will kick-off holiday celebrations with the luncheon and style show highlighting fashion design and the Dallas Symphony community. The luncheon is sponsored by Veritex Community Bank for the 6th year. The Ritz-Carlton is the hotel sponsor. 

The morning begins at 10:15 a.m. with a reception, 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.

Benefiting: The proceeds from 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. A Sponsorship of the Red Violin Program provides a financial gift to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings through the Innovators of the DSOL. Children are provided with the sponsored instrument and receive lessons and performance opportunities. 

Tickets: Title Sponsor is $25,000. Additional sponsorships are $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, 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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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. Tickets $55 per person.

All proceeds benefit the Alexander Mansion.

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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Debutantes: Avery Levoyer, Mary Kumpf, Izzy Keene, Annalea Pedigo, Isabella Cox, Allie McWhorter, Sara Tacito, Maddy Duvall, Grace Olson, Audrey Berner

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes were honored at the Honor Guard Polo Cup held at the Prestonwood Polo Club on June 23. Sponsored by Ben E. Keith Beverages, the debs, honor guard, and their families viewed the polo games from the pavilion, enjoying halftime champagne and a traditional divot stomp.

The season of events for the debutantes will culminate with the 34th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 8, 2020. Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. James Gilmore are the Honorary Chairs. Melissa Lewis is the Presentation ball Chairman and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President.

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.  

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 $19 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

 

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Access To Capital
Class For Small Businesses

Monday, July 22, 2019  
5pm - 6pm

White Rock United Methodist Church
1450 Old Gate Lane - Dallas, TX 75218

Need capital to grow, or expand your small business?

Join us for an information-packed, one-hour class providing practical information that can provide access to the funding you need to reach your business potential.

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Questions? Contact GEDCC
president@eastdallaschamber.org

New Grant-Subsidized Program Announced To Assist
East Dallas Entrepreneurs Access Capital

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (GEDCC) announced that it will be hosting Innovative Capital Strategies, Inc. (ICS), a Tyler, TX-based small business advisory firm, to present monthly Access To Capital classes for small business owners with an emphasis on underutilized and overlooked sources of funding available, even to start ups and entrepreneurs with poor personal credit.

According to Thomas Montgomery, MHA, MBA, Business Professor at Tyler Junior College and co-founder of ICS, “ICS was formed with the input of local business bankers, lenders, SBDC Advisors, and SCORE Mentors to solve a key issue faced by most small businesses—access to capital. While valuable resources and lenders certainly exist in our community, there is a significant gap of knowledge and lack of access to capital for these small businesses as most resources and funding tend to focus on larger and more “bankable” clients. ICS is thrilled to present this educational curriculum to members of the GEDCC and the East Dallas business community starting on July 22nd with the goal of assisting small business owners to start and grow businesses, resulting in new jobs, a larger tax base and a stronger community.”

On July 22nd, the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host ICS to conduct a free, one-hour Access to Capital class held at the White Rock United Methodist Church.

Key topics covered will include:
• Learn the secrets of building business credit under your EIN without the use of personal credit.
• Become aware of the 27 most common mistakes that keep small businesses from accessing capital.
• Gain familiarity in grant-subsidized programming available to help small businesses access capital through special programs and resources including:
? Business credit-based sources of capital that do NOT use your personal credit/SSN.
? Business loans, evens for start-ups, that do NOT report on your personal credit reports.
? SBA loan programs only requiring a 165 FICO for approval that is available for start-ups and fund in only 15 days.
? Low interest business loans that fund in just five days with very relaxed underwriting requirements.
? Free assistance building a lender-compliant loan package.

For pre-launch businesses, a subsequent class is taught immediately after the Access to Capital class to provide guidance on how to effectively set-up and start a new business.

All participants will have access to enroll in ICS’ Capital Ready Package program, where they are assisted with building their Dun & Bradstreet and Experian Business credit profiles, establishing a strong PAYDEX and Intelliscores rating, and improving their FICO SBSS which is used for many business loan applications. With personal assistance, participants will be guided through the process to qualify for capital under their EIN without the use of personal credit or guarantees. Additionally, each participant in the Capital Ready Package is assigned a designated Finance Officer to assist in identifying additional sources of capital for the entrepreneur based upon their circumstances. While the grant-subsidized program is one year in duration, most participants will receive initial access to capital within the first thirty (30) days of participation and all are guaranteed access to at least $100,000.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Entrepreneurs interested in attending an Access To Capital class can call the EDC at 903-473-2465 or directly register via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gedcc-access-to-capital-class-07222019-tickets-64301354081 .

DISCLOSURE: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will receive from BCLI $50 per attendee that enrolls in the “Capital Ready Package,” offered through Innovative Capital Strategies. This is a voluntary program is separate from the free “Access To Capital” classes.
DISCLAIMER: The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce (“GEDCC”) is not acting in any capacity relating to SBA funding or the securing of same. GEDCC is purely providing a forum for a small business education seminar hosted by BCLI. GEDCC does not control the seminar or its curriculum, whether SBA related or otherwise. Per-participant monies earned by GEDCC are purely for providing a forum for small business education, regardless of content, whether SBA related or not, and whether any SBA or other funding is sought or promised. GEDCC makes no promises as to the curriculum or its efficacy, makes no guarantee that any participant will receive any funding from any source at any time, and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or efficacy of the information or instruction provided in the seminar or otherwise from BCLI or any other party.

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DSOL 2019-2020 Debutantes and Honor Guard.

The Maridoe Golf Club hosted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes and Honor Guard on June 20 for an evening of croquet. On hand were members of the Dallas Croquet Association to provide lessons from the experts.

It was hosted by Albert and Mary Huddelston, owners of Maridoe, a sanctuary from urban life. The golf club is located in Carrollton on 212 acres of Blackland prairie, surrounding the most extensive private lake in Dallas County. 

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

The evening is one of many season events leading up to the 34thAnnual Presentation Ball which will be held on February 8, 2020 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. 

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.  

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 $17 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

Key to photos

 

1 group of debs and honor guard

2 3 Amanda, Beth and Brint Ryan

4 Julia Tribolet and Beth Ryan

5 Beverly and Steve ??

6 Tiffany and Wade Jones – daughter Kate could not make it

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Scott and AB Aston with founder Clyde Jackson.

Friends and supporters gathered in the home of AB and Scott Aston for a reception and presentation on the Imbirikani Girls High School (IGS) in Kenya given by the Neema-Huruma Foundation in Dallas. In Swahili, Neema-Huruma means grace and mercy.

The foundation raises funds for the school which was founded by Clyde and Betsy Jackson in 2006 to provide education to Maasai children living in the Imbirikani Group Ranch area of southwest Kenya. 98% of girls in the area do not have educational opportunities after primary school so they enter into early marriages at ages 14-15 and are subjected to a life of child bearing and hard physical labor carrying wood and water. Continuing education for these girls provides a promising future. The school which is owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) opened with 40 students and now has capacity for 300.

The school is now rated number 6 out of 26 schools in the region based on recent national test results. This academic advance has resulted in several major achievements: 100 new students in the freshman class, 10 of the graduates qualified for sponsorship from Kenyan Universities, and the reputation of the school has soared.

“Our goal is to elevate the girls’ lives,” said Jackson. “The Imbirikani Girls High School provides the education that is desperately needed by the young women of the Maasai tribe and other tribes. Parents from as far away as Kisumu, Nairobi, and Mombasa are sending their daughters now to IGS for its reputation for excellent academics and Godly character building.”

While donations for any amount are appreciated, there are immediate areas where help is needed. $750 would cover a one year scholarship for a girl’s tuition, room and board and a uniform. The Foundation provided photos and biographies of individual girls that could be “adopted” and several guests made donations to cover the one year cost.

Additional fundraising goals are $20,000 for library materials, $15,000 for construction of 2 new classrooms for the church, $15,000 additional rooms for the primary school, and $35,000 for solar power lights – all in need of replacement.

The public is also encouraged to support the Imbirikani Girls High School. Donations can be made by mail or online. By Mail: Make checks payable to: Highland Park Presbyterian Church-Kenya School or to Neema-Huruma Foundation and mail to: Clyde Jackson – 600 N. Pearl, Suite 650, L.B. 149 – Dallas TX 75201. Donate online via secure server: www.nhkenya.org. Click on the “Donate Now” button.

Neema-Huruma Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Donations will be processed through HPPC or directly through the Dallas offices at Neema-Huruma Foundation. Tax-deductible receipts will be sent.   

Further information about the Imbirikani Girls High School and the Neema-Huruma Foundation is available at www.nhkenya.org.

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2019-2020 DSOL Debutantes

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2019-2020 debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities held June 6-8. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 34th Presentation Ball, which will be held February 8, 2020. 

The weekend began with the announcement party at Stanley Korshak on Thursday evening, June 6. On Friday, June 7, Stanley Korshak hosted a couture gown show featuring the gowns of designer Mackenzie Brittingham. On Saturday the 8th, Neiman Marcus hosted a brunch and gown show.  

The Honorary Chairs for the 2020 Presentation Ball were announced and recognized at the Announcement Party: Dr. Linda Burk and Dr. James Gilmore. They are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas community. Their two daughters Laura and Jane Gilmore are former debutantes and their son John Gilmore served as an honor guard. 

The Presentation Ball Chair is Melissa Lewis and DSOL President is Kim Brannon. Melissa knows well what to expect during the debutante season. Her daughter Olivia made her debut in 2015. 

The formal announcement of the debutantes by Roger Gault went flawlessly with the help of the many committee members who worked behind the scenes. Heather Moore and Kendra Averitt coached the debutantes and the honor guard in the staging area. 

The 2019-2020 debutantes are: Emily Baschab, Audrey Berner, Isabella Cox, Grace Crenshaw, Gracie Davis, Maddy Duvall, Maddie Esping, Eleanor Gambrell, Georgia Hallam, Hunter Hart, Kate Jones, Izzy Keene, Ellie King, Katie Kottwitz, Mary Kumpf, Avery Levoyer, Catherine Magee, Audrey Magnuson, Allie McWhorter, Shelby Nelson, Grace Olson, Annalea Pedigo, Beth Ryan, Kendell Sigel, Margaret Smith, Campbell Swango, Sara Tacito, Julia Tribolet, Savannah Troutt, Brynn Weakley, Genny Wood.

“I am so honored to be guiding these wonderful young women through the 2020 Debutante season,” said Presentation Ball Chair Melissa Lewis. “Over the next 9 months, our debutantes and their families will enjoy many wonderful events and will make memories that will last a lifetime. They will make new friends and have one of a kind experiences all while supporting the outstanding education and outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”

Susan Averitt Duvall was a debutante at the inaugural ball held in 1987 and her daughter Madelyn will be making her debut this season. The entire Averitt family was involved in the DSOL’s first Presentation Ball when Susan made her debut. Brother Mark Averitt was a member of the Honor Guard, and brother Don Averitt worked behind the scenes and graciously greeted the guests. The Averitt family has continued their support of the Dallas Symphony for the past 30+ years.  

Included in the attendees that evening were Tincy Miller, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, Amanda and Brint Ryan, Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin, Kim Noltemy, James Leffler, and Lisa Loy Laughlin.

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.  

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 $19 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