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Jeweler Richard Eiseman hosted a cocktail reception for the parents of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutantes on Thursday, December 4 at his newly remodeled NorthPark store. The Dallas Cowboys were playing that evening, but the dads did not miss a moment of the game with Eiseman’s new cutting edge hidden television that is embedded in the store’s outer window. The party was chaired by Marie Dean and Shelby Fuqua.

The debutantes will make their debut at the 29th Annual Presentation Ball on February 7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” featuring Guest Speaker Michael Devine at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The event is open to the public.

Michael Devine is a tastemaker who has an internationally recognized line of hand-printed fabrics. His textiles and garden have appeared in numerous print and on-line magazines, including House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, World of Interiors, and the Peak of Chic. He is a weekly columnist for Lonny magazine and resides in the upstate village of Kinderhook, New York where is love of gardening  began.

Marilyn Hailey will serve as the Honorary Chair. A tribute will be presented highlighting her work as a model at Neiman Marcus. The event is chaired by Dorothea Meltzer. Marena Gault is the Women’s Council President.

In the indispensable entertaining guide, An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors, Michael Devine shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. He shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, featuring get-togethers throughout the year from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner.

From an iridescent butterfly-themed summer luncheon to a Christmas Eve feast in his cozy candlelit garden folly, Michael presents marvelous ideas for creating festive tablescapes, mouthwatering menus  and décor that befit each occasion.

A Patron Party for “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” Sponsors and Underwriters to meet Michael Devine is planned for Monday evening, February 9, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at a private residence.

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Arboretum.  A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 600 members of the Women’s Council make possible the continued expansion and improvement of A Woman’s Garden.

Funds raised from “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Series benefit A Woman’s Garden. Individual tickets for “A Writer’s Garden Valentine Tea” are $85. For Patron and Sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets on-line, visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org or call Carol Nelson, Reservation Chair, 214-528-8029.

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Presentation Ball Chair Venise Stuart, Party Chair Wendy Hansen and DSOL President Dixie Marshall.

The 2015 Dallas Symphony Debutantes were honored at a cocktail buffet reception on November 26 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The debutantes, honor guards and their families were welcomed by DSOL President Dixie Marshall and Presentation Ball Chair Venise Stuart.

Each of the 40 debutantes were formally introduce 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.

This year, there will be three generations of involvement: Sharon McCullough is a co-founder of the Presentation Ball. Her daughter Debbie Hayhurst is a former debutante and now granddaughter Gracie will be making her debut.

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 29th Presentation Ball which will be held on February 7.

Photos by Deborah Brown

3 Mike Albers, Anne Kniffen, debutante Sarah Bruyere, and honor guard Houstoun Waring (yes, the name Houstoun is spelled correctly!)

4 Amelia and Melissa Lewis with debutante Olivia Lewis and debutante father Buddy Lewis.

5 Parker, Stephanie, Greg, and Brooke Oliver.

6 Three Generations of involvement (from left): Sharon McCullough (co-founder of the Presentation Ball) with debutante granddaughter Gracie Hayhurst, Becca Hayhurst and former debutante Debbie Hayhurst, McCullough’s daughter.

7 Debutante Meghan Mitchell with honor guard Jay Gillespie.

8 Debutante Megan Reynolds.

9 Honor guard Matthew Collins with debutantes Alexis Madormo and Alex Ferrer.

10 Steve Coyte with Julia Cunningham and debutante Carolyn Cunningham.

11 Catherine Granger with debutante Ellie Allums and debutante mom Michelle.

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Chamber Chairman Darlene Ellison with Jeannot ("Johnny") Jonte Boucher, Mata Montessori; Katie Wendorf, St. Thomas Aquinas; Dana Czapski, Gaston Middle School; Jamie Thorne, Lakehill Preparatory School; Madeline Schnurr, St. Thomas Aquinas; Denise Tucker, Woodrow Wilson High School.

 

The Greater East Dallas Chamber announced the winners for Teacher of the Year awards. The awards recognize educators in both public and private schools. The winners were recognized at a luncheon on November 18 at the Lakehill Preparatory School Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center

2014 winners are: Jeannot ("Johnny") Jonte Boucher, Mata Montessori; Dana Czapski, Gaston Middle School; Denise Tucker, Woodrow Wilson High School; Katie Wendorf, St Thomas Aquinas; Madeline Schnurr, St. Thomas Aquinas; Jamie Thorne, Lakehill Preparatory School. 

Photo by Gigi Ekstrom

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce will host a Brown Bag Lunch with Special Guest Presenter Whitney Carnes, President/Serenity Computer Consulting on Friday, November 21 from 11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. at The Point at C. C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive.

Please join us as Whtney  presents "Staying Secure Without a Tinfoil Hat: Safeguarding Your Business, Your Data, & Yourself Online". Some of the topics she will cover are:

Wi-Fi Security – Close the doors you never realized were open
Backups – Can you afford to lose everything?
Passwords – If you are using ‘qwerty’ as a password, this section is for you
Paranoia – A healthy dose of skepticism will go a long way online
Google – Nothing is ever completely free


Bring your lunch or pick one up at The Point’s Café on site

Find us in the Class Room by the Fitness Center

No charge for GEDCC Members;

Non-members $5 — cash only

RSVP: www.eastdallaschamber.com or to Darlene Ellison @ 214-803-9769

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Seven swans swimming.

Sneak Preview of 12 Days of Christmas only hours before the cold weather blew in

 

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum had a private preview night on November 10 for the 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit and it beat the cold weather only by a few hours.

Chairmen Sharla Bush and Terry Irby could not have planned a more perfect evening for Monday night’s event which included beautiful weather for a seated dinner outside on the patio of the DeGolyer Estate – not a coat or jacket in sight. Hours later, the artic cold front had blown in and Tuesday morning was greeted with frigid temperatures.

"The timing was almost a little too close for comfort," said Bush. "There was no plan B to bring the party indoors. It turned out to be a beautiful evening and over 200 people enjoyed the private viewing." 

The perfect weather allowed guests to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens to view the 12 gazebos, each elaborately decorated to illustrate the song that is so well known. The exhibit features an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and features mechanical parts and festive music that help bring the characters to an even more life-like state. The illumination of the exhibits is stunning at night.

Proceeds of the event will benefit A Womans Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. 

The exhibit opens to the public on November 16.

 Photos by Chuck Clark

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Nancy Connor, event chair Dorothea Meltzer, and Women’s Council president Marena Gault.

The Dallas Arboretum was in full fall color for “Treasured Legacies”, the eighth annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Attendees got an extra bonus because it was also the preview day for the upcoming 12 Days of Christmas exhibit.

The event was chaired by Dorothea Meltzer. Marena Gault is President of the Women’s Council.  

The three noted authors were Greg Grant, a seventh  generation Texan and co-author of Heirloom Gardening of the South, lives in deep East Texas in an old dogtrot house of his great-grandparents and has dedicated his entire lift to gardening, nature and family and has successfully introduced dozens of plants to the Texas nursery industry; Kelsey Mullen is the Director of Public Programming and Education for the Mount and author of The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home;  Author Kim Wilson, whose new book At Home with Jane Austen was published less than two months ago.   

A private reception was hosted in the home of Katherine and Mike Phillips the evening before for patrons and sponsors to meet the authors.

Proceeds from the event make possible the continued expansion and improvement of A Woman’s Garden.

Photos by Danny Campbell

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber announced the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award winners. They are: Jeannot ("Johnny") Jonte Boucher, Mata Montessori; Dana Czapski, Gaston Middle School; Denise Tucker, Woodrow Wilson High School; Katie Wendorf, St Thomas Aquinas; Madeline Schnurr, St Thomas Aquinas; and Jamie Thorne, Lakehill Preparatory School.

The winners will be receive their awards at the Chamber luncheon on Tuesday, November 18 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. at Lakehill Preparatory Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, 7401 Ferguson Road. Tickets are $30 for members / $35 for guests and can be purchased online at www.eastdallaschamber.com or 214-649-1773.

The luncheon is sponsored by Oncor.

The 2014 nominees will be recognized at the luncheon: Emeremciana Calvillo, Casa View; Jeremy Civello, Dallas Academy; Ivelisse Colon, Charles Gill; Peter Evett, Woodrow Wilson; Linda Freis, St Thomas Aquinas; Donna Glennon, Bishop Lynch; Elizabeth Halasz, Uplift Peak Preparatory; Stephanie Hale, Martha T. Reilly; Tim Hester, Bishop Lynch; Michele Hollingsworth, St Thomas Aquinas; Carol Ibarra, St Thomas Aquinas; Robert Irby, Woodrow Wilson; Victoria John, Lakehill Preparatory School; Dottie Lucas, St Thomas Aquinas; Barbara Morris, Mount Auburn; Rebecca Paris, Mount Auburn; Ellen Pool, Stonewall Jackson; Rosaland Ratcliffe, St Thomas Aquinas; Minerva Ortiz Reyes, Kiest; Terri Riley, St Thomas Aquinas; Tricia Roos, Bishop Lynch; Alexandra Sabater, Mount Auburn; Jeneace Salazar, Hexter; Meredith Sauer, Lakehill Preparatory School; Elizabeth Schmitt, Lakehill Preparatory School; Julie Scoville, St Thomas Aquinas; Ginny Simank, Dallas Academy; William (Bill) Storey, Bishop Lynch; Delaine Taylor, Bishop Lynch.

The Greater East Dallas Chamber announced the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award winners. They are: Jeannot ("Johnny") Jonte Boucher, Mata Montessori; Dana Czapski, Gaston Middle School; Denise Tucker, Woodrow Wilson High School; Katie Wendorf, St Thomas Aquinas; Madeline Schnurr, St Thomas Aquinas; and Jamie Thorne, Lakehill Preparatory School.

The winners will be receive their awards at the Chamber Awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 18 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. at Lakehill Preparatory Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, 7401 Ferguson Road. Tickets are $30 for members / $35 for guests and can be purchased online at www.eastdallaschamber.com or 214-649-1773.

The luncheon is sponsored by Oncor.

The 2014 nominees will be recognized at the luncheon: Emeremciana Calvillo, Casa View; Jeremy Civello, Dallas Academy; Ivelisse Colon, Charles Gill; Peter Evett, Woodrow Wilson; Linda Freis, St Thomas Aquinas; Donna Glennon, Bishop Lynch; Elizabeth Halasz, Uplift Peak Preparatory; Stephanie Hale, Martha T. Reilly; Tim Hester, Bishop Lynch; Michele Hollingsworth, St Thomas Aquinas; Carol Ibarra, St Thomas Aquinas; Robert Irby, Woodrow Wilson; Victoria John, Lakehill Preparatory School; Dottie Lucas, St Thomas Aquinas; Barbara Morris, Mount Auburn; Rebecca Paris, Mount Auburn; Ellen Pool, Stonewall Jackson; Rosaland Ratcliffe, St Thomas Aquinas; Minerva Ortiz Reyes, Kiest; Terri Riley, St Thomas Aquinas; Tricia Roos, Bishop Lynch; Alexandra Sabater, Mount Auburn; Jeneace Salazar, Hexter; Meredith Sauer, Lakehill Preparatory School; Elizabeth Schmitt, Lakehill Preparatory School; Julie Scoville, St Thomas Aquinas; Ginny Simank, Dallas Academy; William (Bill) Storey, Bishop Lynch; Delaine Taylor, Bishop Lynch.
 

 

Winners of the 2014 Teacher of the Year Awards

Jeannot ("Johnny") Jonte Boucher - Mata Montessori
Dana Czapski - Gaston Middle School
Denise Tucker -    Woodrow Wilson High School
Katie Wendorf -    St Thomas Aquinas
Madeline Schnurr - St Thomas Aquinas
Jamie Thorne - Lakehill Preparatory School




Please join us in recognizing the winners and the nominees at our awards luncheon.

Teacher Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

 Lakehill Preparatory Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center
7401 Ferguson Road 75228

 $30 for members / $35 for guests

Click to purchase online

For further information:
www.eastdallaschamber.com or 214-649-1773

Thanks to our sponsor


We also want to recognize and congratulate the 2014 noiminees!

Emeremciana Calvillo, Casa View; Jeremy Civello, Dallas Academy; Ivelisse Colon, Charles Gill;
Peter Evett, Woodrow Wilson; Linda Freis, St Thomas Aquinas; Donna Glennon, Bishop Lynch;
Elizabeth Halasz, Uplift Peak Preparatory; Stephanie Hale, Martha T. Reilly; Tim Hester, Bishop Lynch;
Michele Hollingsworth, St Thomas Aquinas; Carol Ibarra, St Thomas Aquinas; Robert Irby, Woodrow Wilson;
Victoria John, Lakehill Preparatory School; Dottie Lucas, St Thomas Aquinas; Barbara Morris, Mount Auburn;
Rebecca Paris, Mount Auburn; Ellen Pool, Stonewall Jackson; Rosaland Ratcliffe, St Thomas Aquinas;
Minerva Ortiz Reyes, Kiest; Terri Riley, St Thomas Aquinas; Tricia Roos, Bishop Lynch; Alexandra Sabater, Mount Auburn;
Jeneace Salazar, Hexter; Meredith Sauer, Lakehill Preparatory School; 
Elizabeth Schmitt, Lakehill Preparatory School; Julie Scoville, St Thomas Aquinas;
Ginny Simank, Dallas Academy; William (Bill) Storey, Bishop Lynch; Delaine Taylor, Bishop Lynch.

 

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Daughters of World War II will host the fifth annual Veterans Day luncheon Celebrating our Heroes Among Us: A Tribute to  WWII Veterans. H. Ross Perot will receive special recognition as the inaugural recipient of DWWII Legacy Award for Lifetime Service to US Military and Veterans.

The luncheon will be held on November 11, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N Stemmons Freeway.

Keynote Speakers are bestselling author Andy Andrews and Colonel (Ret.) Anthony A. Wood, USMC.

Veterans are free with advance registration and may bring one guest for $25. Individual tickets are $175. The attire is  Military or Fabulous Forties. Tickets and info: www.daughtersofww2.org or 214-649-1773.

About Daughters of World War II
Daughters of World War II brings together daughters, veterans, family members and friends through educational programming and specials events that are designed to raise awareness of World War II and its veterans. Daughters of World War II is one of the fastest growing organizations dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Greatest Generation. Members collect and share stories from both daughters and veterans that showcase the deeds of the “Heroes Among Us” to make sure those memories are never forgotten and documented for posterity. Daughters of World War II is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information about the organization, please visit www.daughtersofww2.org.

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1 allison brodnax, sharon popham, dixey arterburn, Allison Brodnax, Mad Hatter’s Tea chair Sharon Popham, Dixey Arterburn, Women’s Council President Marena Gault, and Ginger Sager.

Plans are underway to make the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea one most grandiose events in recent history. With an “April in Paris” theme, it will be chaired by veteran event organizer Sharon Popham and is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Dallas Arboretum.

The Announcement Party was hosted by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum at the Brook Hollow Golf Club on October 16 to introduce Honorary Chair Sherwood Wagner.

Sherwood grew up in Midland and graduated from Hockaday and TCU. She worked for PSI, a public relations firm. She is involved with various charities in Dallas and West Texas and served as president of Girls Inc. Auxiliary. Sherwood is a board member of Ellen Noël Art Museum in Midland, which is named after her grandmother. She has graciously donated a heart shaped pulpit to A Woman's Garden at the Dallas Arboretum that will be named The Ellen Noël and Lissa Noël Wagner pulpit, in honor of her mother and grandmother.

Sherwood’s mother Lissa flew in 10 friends from Midland to help celebrate this special occasion.

Sherwood gets things done while making everyone feel like they are the most special person in the world," says Women's Council president Marena Gault. "Her tireless efforts are appreciated by so many organizations and individuals. I am honored to introduce to you Dallas's breath of fresh air, one of DFWs most innovative and creative leaders, and Dallas's all around "IT" girl, Sherwood Wagner."

Sherwood wore jewels by jewelry designers David Lee Holland and Yanni Kyriazis who flew in from New York City for the evening. David Lee Holland Fine Jewelry is the brainchild of the two designers who create botanically-themed jewelry. They will be custom-designing a piece of jewelry to be auctioned at the Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Dallas’ premiere fashion event producer Jan Strimple will orchestrate the style show for the Mad Hatter’s Tea featuring the collections of fashion sponsors Betty Reiter, Canary, Nardos Imam, and V.O.D.

Celebrating its 27th year, this fabulous and fun party has been an ongoing fundraising event raising monies to grow and maintain A Woman’s Garden, a major garden at the Dallas Arboretum. 

Photos by Chuck Clark