Despite summer heat and the rumor that things have died down, they haven’t. Saturday night the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s debs and their families took over the Eddie Deen Ranch for a casino party. The idea was to honor the 2013 Symphony Debs and Honor Guard, but, according to Ball Chair Kay Weeks, it was really “an opportunity for the parents to get to know each other in a relaxed environment.”
Between folks lining up at the buffet and others surrounding the casino tables, that goal was accomplished.
It also allowed the debs to get to know each other and compare notes. Despite the ball still being months away (February, to be exact) Margaret Sone reported that she had already picked out her white gown, a Kenneth Pool from Neiman’s.
On the other hand, Dallas Assembly President-elect Channy Ronchetti, who has already been working with the 2013 debs on their bows, still hasn’t picked out her gown. For Channy and the rest of the veteran symphony debs, they are allowed to wear any solid color of the rainbow, except white on the night of the ball. Since Channy was not going to have to bow on the big night, was she shopping for a form-fitting ball gown? Looking rather surprised, she said, “No, it will be a full gown.”
But Saturday night was not for long gowns or white tie. Rather, it was bolo ties and Stetsons for the gents and short silky dresses and scooting boots for the gals. Honor Guard Chairman Tucker Huth had flown in from his job in New York just for the party. The poor guys needs a little fun, since his job developing a new healthcare product has him working until 2 a.m. some nights.
The evening allowed for the debs and their fathers to start working on their dance moves. One of the ordeals that the debs and their fathers face at the ball is the “first dance” by the fathers and daughter on a very crowded dance floor in the Meyerson. Getting a head start on their one-two-three’s were Kendall Furst and her father Robert.
Okay, so maybe Breckenridge’s CW music won’t exactly be the genre at the presentation ball, it worked out just fine Saturday night.
But don’t for a second think that the group was simply dancing and partying while the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is facing budget challenges. No way! Kay reminded folks that this party and the others leading up to the ball, as well as the presentation itself, will raise a half million dollars for the DSO.
BTW, to maintain the decorum associated with such an evening, Kay added that a new position had been added to the committee — risk manager. The committee member in charge of this task is a lawyer, so you just know procedures will be in place and followed.