JUST IN: 2018-2019 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League President And Presentation Chair Revealed

Lisa Loy Laughlin and Carla Leffert*

With all the activities taking place on the eve of the 2018 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Presentation Ball at the Meyerson, DSOL President Mari Epperson whispered plans for the future are already in place.

Lisa Loy Laughlin is going to serve as 2018-2019 DSOL president with Carla Leffert taking on the role of the chair for the 2018-2019 Presentation Ball Chair.

Keep your eyes open for Carla and her husband Jonathan Leffert Saturday night. They’ll be glowing as daughter Catherine Leffert is bowing along with the 30+ plus women in white.

Funds from the ball will go to the “education and mission of the DSO.”

* Photo provided by 
Dallas Symphony 
Orchestra League

2018 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Debutante Parents Party Surrounded by Jewels Galore

There is no truth that Eiseman Jewels has become the most luxurious drinking hole in these parts. But with events being held there for area nonprofits with guests sipping wine and trying on bling, it just might be mistaken for an exclusive venue.

On Thursday, December 7, the crowd being feted by Betsy and Richard Eiseman among the showcases of gems were the parents of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s 2018 debs. Here’s a report from the field:

Robert and Cathy Allday and Catherine and Michael Merritt*

Kristin and Robert Cordiak*

Betsy and Richard Eiseman welcomed more than 75 attendees on Thursday, December 7, to the annual holiday party at Eiseman Jewels celebrating the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 2018 Presentation Ball’s Debutante and Honor Guard parents and Ball patrons. Guests like Cathy and Robert Allday, Catherine and Michael Merritt, Kristin and Robert Cordiak and Nancy Labadie were treated to holiday cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing Eiseman’s stunning collection of jewelry and timepieces. 

Mid-way through the evening, Eiseman president and CEO Richard Eiseman gathered the crowd to welcome and to thank everyone for their longstanding support of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He then recognized 2018 Ball Chair Lori Routh and DSOL President Mari Epperson, who added her gratitude to all in attendance, including Betsy and Richard and Eiseman Jewels for own ongoing commitment to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League by gifting a pair of pearl stud earings to each Debutante each year, and for hosting the annual holiday fete. 

Lori South, Betsy and Richard Eiseman and Mari Epperstein*

As the evening came to a close, three lucky winners’ names were drawn for an opportunity to wear “Red Carpet Jewels” from Eiseman for the ball on Saturday, February 17, at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center. 

* Photo provided by Eiseman Jewels

 

Philanthropists Lisa And Kenny Troutt To Serve As Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s 32nd Annual Presentation Ball Honorary Co-Chairs

Lisa and Kenny Troutt (File photo)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Presentation Ball Chair Lori Routh has announced that philanthropists Lisa and Kenny Troutt will serve as the honorary co-chairs for the 32nd annual fundraiser.

In addition to being the parents of three kids (Preston Troutt, Grant Troutt and Savannah Troutt), the couple has been involved with various aspects of North Texas nonprofits including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Council for Life, One Hundred Share, New Friends New Life, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, UT Southwestern Medical Foundation, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Laura W. Bush Women’s Initiative Advisory Council and many others.

Lisa and Kenny will add to the gorgeous factor at the debutante presentation on Saturday, February 17, at the Meyerson.

Korshak And KidBiz Showcased “Fashion Notes” For The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League In The Venetian Room

The Fairmont has had all types of singers and musicians perform in its legendary Venetian Room. So it only made sene for the music-loving Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hold its Fashion Notes Luncheon on Monday, October 23. And instead of having professional models showcasing the Korshak and KidBiz fashions, Co-Chairs Susan Averitt Duvall, Barbara Averitt and Kendra Averitt tapped local favs to showcase the clothes including one tyke, who stole the show. Here’s a report from the field:

Susan Averitt Duvall, Barbara Averitt, Bret McKinney and Kendra Averitt*

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) presented Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show on Monday, October 23, in the Venetian Room of the Dallas Fairmont Hotel. The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show topped off with a delicious lunch generously underwritten by the hotel. The always lively Bret McKinney served as emcee.

Darlene Ellison*

Kevin Hall*

Donna Arp Weitzman*

Maureen Brodnax, Allison Brodnax and Tucker Brodnax*

There were no professional models on the runway. Instead, the stunning fall fashions from Stanley Korshak and KidBiz featured on the catwalk were modeled by strong, successful, and stylish contributors to our community. Dallas Symphony Association Director of Volunteers Services Allison Brodnax modeled with her one-year-old son Tucker and mother-in-law Maureen Brodnax. Tucker pushed a small stroller down the runway and melted the hearts of the audience. A first time model was Kevin Hall, COO of Grant Halliburton Foundation which helps raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health awareness for young adults. Other models included Donna Arp Weitzman, author of ‘Cinderella has Cellulite,” columnist, and blogger; Darlene Ellison with Veritex Community Bank; Doris Jacobs and her daughter Teffy Jacobs and Carole Ann Brown.

Sarah Hardin served as honorary chair of the event and it was co-chaired by Barbara Averitt, Kendra Averitt and Susan Averitt Duvall. Mari Epperson is the DSOL President.  

The League strives to raise funds that support the love of music and the arts for thousands of youths and young adults in the Dallas Metroplex. Funds raised help to provide quality outreach educational programs, and musical competitions that light the way for talented local musicians.

Since 1946, the League has worked to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising efforts.  Since 1998, the League has contributed more than $12 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.

* Photo credit:Barbara Gary

The Averitt Ladies To Tri-Chair Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon And Style Show At The Fairmont Dallas

 

Susan Averitt Duval, Barbara Averitt and Kendra Averitt*

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League President Mari Epperson has hit a triple play for the Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show. To chair the event on Monday, October 23, at the Fairmont Dallas’ Venetian Room, she arranged to have the Averitt females — Barbara Averitt, Kendra Averitt and Susan Averitt Duval.

Sarah Hardin (File photo)

The ladies are carrying on the family’s involvement with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra started by the late Averitt matriarch Beth Averitt. It was just 30 years ago that Susan made her debut at the DSOL’s first Presentation Ball; son Mark Averitt was a member of the Honor Guard; son Don Averitt “graciously greeted guests;” and daughter-in-law Barbara “worked behind the scenes making sure the parties and presentation were flawless.”

Another longtime DSO supporter, Sara Hardin, will serve as honorary chair.

As for the fashions, they’ll be presented by Stanley Korshak and KidBiz. Instead of professional models, the lineup will include “mother/daughter dream teams, past and present DSOL presidents, debutantes, Symphony Assembly members and the cutest DSOL grandchildren.”

* Photo provided by Dallas 
Symphony Orchestra League

Guests Brave A Downpour To Meet The New Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debs At Stanley Korshak

The rainstorm had come quickly, drowning the roadways with swift-flowing water and snarling rush-hour traffic. But a little wet stuff couldn’t deter the hardy souls who braved the downpour to attend the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League‘s Announcement Party for its 2017-2018 debutantes at Stanley Korshak. One attending the Friday, June 2, event on the store’s top floor was Mark Averitt, who said, “There was lots of water in our neighborhood. So we just took the back roads.”

While upbeat music like “Under My Thumb” by the Rolling Stones played over the Korshak sound system, guests like Bridey and Gerald Meinecke, Julie and Jeff Kupp, Jennifer and Mark Gunnin, Stephanie and Bennie Bray, Melissa Lewis and Carla and Jonathan Leffert chatted with friends both old and new. Sarah Jo and Mark Hardin were on hand for son Spencer Hardin, who is an honor guard officer. Second generation/former DSOL deb Denise Beutel, who had co-chaired the 1996 ball with her mother Nancy Duncan, was taking on a new role as a mother of a 2018 deb — Caroline Beutel.

Not far away, the event’s grand dame, Tincy Miller, was introduced to someone who called her a “legend.” Tincy just laughed. Someone else said that more than two-thirds of the 30-plus ’17-’18 debs had shown up. And everyone was about to find out. 

Prior to the formal walk down the runway, Heather Moore coached the debutantes and the honor guard.

Lori Routh, Crawford Brock and Mari Epperson*

First, though, Korshak’s Crawford Brock welcomed everyone before turning things over to Mari Epperson, this year’s DSOL president. This year will be the league’s 71st anniversary, Mari said—and the 32nd annual deb presentation.  Then it was time for some shout-outs from Lori Routh, chair of the Presentation Ball, which is always the league’s major fundraiser. And, what would the announcement party be without a history of the Dallas deb ball from Tincy? “We are creating memories and a Camelot experience for each of you,” she promised.

From the left: Caroline Downing, Ashton Gillespie, Ellie Allums, Olivia Lewis, Marielle Le Masters, Hayley Waring, Kay Hitzelberger and Madison Hassell*

From the left: (front row) Shy Anderson, Houstoun Waring and Diego Garcia; (back row) Lendon Hall, Duncan McFarlane, Austin Clinkscales and Spencer Hardin*

At that, golden-throated Stan Gardner presented the Assembly (Caroline Downing, Ashton Gillespie, Ellie Allums, Olivia Lewis, Marielle Le Masters, Hayley Waring, Kay Hitzelberger and Madison Hassell) and the Honor Guard (Shy Anderson, Houstoun Waring, Diego Garcia, Lendon Hall, Duncan McFarlane, Austin Clinkscales and Spencer Hardin).

He then plunged into the main attraction: this year’s deb roster itself. Escorted halfway down the aisle by members of the Honor Guard, the debs included Caroline Allday, Meika Bass, Caroline Beutel, Alexis Bray, Helena Burns, Megan Casey, Bronwyn Cordiak, Grace Gunnin, Hope Hyde, Emma Jenevein, Anna Marie Jourdanou, Katie Kupp, Catherine Leffert, Lane McCormick, Annabel McGill, Megan Meinecke, Kay Merritt, Caroline Morway, Madison Stuart.

Anna Marie Jordanou and Houstoun Waring*

Caroline Beutel and Spencer Hardin*

Caroline Allday*

Meika Bass*

Alexis Bray*

Helena Burns*

Megan Casey*

Catherine Leffert*

Megan Meinecke*

Caroline Morway*

Kendra Averitt*

From the left: (front row) Catherine Leffert, Madison Stuart, Jacqueline Reagor, Caroline Morway, Kay Merritt, Megan Meinecke and Annabel McGill; (middle row) Juliana Szuwalski, Katie Kupp, Anna Marie Jordanou, Emma Jenevein, Hope Hyde, Grace Gunnin, Bronwyn Cordiak and Lane McCormick; (back row) Alexis Bray, Helena Burns, Megan Casey, Caroline Beutel, Meika Bass and Caroline Allday*

As a gentle reminder, Kendra Averitt held a sign behind the seated guests reading, “Smile.”

The Korshak party marked the official start of the whirlwind DSOL deb season. It will culminate with the 32nd Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, on Saturday, February 17, at the Meyerson.

* Photo credit: James French

Attention, Campers: Ark-Building Activities Are Underway In North Texas

Why did Thursday seem like a dress rehearsal for this afternoon’s tsunami? According to WFAA weather guy Pete Delkus, North Texas is out of the drought condition that was in place on May 31. He also said that his normal 20-minute drive to work took about an hour and half.

Another hit-and-run victim of the thunder, lightning and waves of wet stuff was Fair Park Sparks! The official word was, “Flooding and power outages have now prompted cancellation of Fair Park Sparks. We’re sorry!”

Fair Park Sparks!*

Not to worry. When the rains are dismissed by the solar heat, there will be plenty of activities over at Fair Park.

In the meantime, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League didn’t let the damp stuff prevent the reveal of the 2018 debs from taking place over at Stanley Korshak.

An unofficial statement from Mother Nature was just received: “You complained about a drought. I gave you rain. Now, you’re griping about the rain. Gee, are you people ever happy?”

This weekend the accessories du jour will be Better Brellas and water wings.

* Graphic courtesy of Friends of Fair Park

2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Debutante Presentation Results Reported

Melissa Lewis and Nancy Labadie (File photo)

Melissa Lewis and Nancy Labadie (File photo)

The two biggy fundraisers for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s spring Debutante Presentation Ball and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association’s Dallas Symphony Gala that kicks off the black-tie fundraising season in the fall.

How big? Well, 2015-2016 DSOL President Melissa Lewis just sent word that thanks to “the Ball (along with our other fundraisers), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League raised over $773,000 which was given back to the Dallas Symphony in support of their outreach and education programs.”

A tip of the hat to 2016 Ball Chair Nancy Labadie and the rest of the DSOL-ers on a mission well done.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Deb Announcement Presentation Returned To Korshak With Champagne, Roses And Peacock Feathers

The clouds above were looking like bruised cauliflower on the evening of Friday, June 3. Outside Stanley Korshak, the valet check-in looked more like an afternoon school pick-up lane with valets apologizing for the delay. Across the street, the bulldozers were crunching down Old Warsaw.

Dixie Marshall

Dixie Marshall

Simona Beal and Gracie Beal

Simona Beal and Gracie Beal

John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt

John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt

But inside Korshak, the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs were dress-rehearsing upstairs in the women’s salon, as family and friends (Laura and Jason Downing, Simona Beal, Nancy Labadie, Lisa Laughlin, Dixie Marshall, John Cooper and Kendra and Mark Averitt), gathered with champagne flutes in hand, getting to know each other.

Stanley Korshak gowns

Stanley Korshak gowns

Instead of Neiman Marcus Downtown, where the announcement of debs has taken place in recent years, the event had returned to Korshak after 25 years on Korshak’s 30th anniversary. Thanks to the chilled drinks, the warmish temperatures were staved off. As one vet explained to a newcomer, “Nothing new. Once the overhead lights are turned up, the heat hits.”

Jolie Humphrey

Jolie Humphrey

Tincy Miller

Tincy Miller

With guests taking their seats on either side of the Korshak runway, the program got underway. DSOL Deb Chair Chair Jolie Humphrey looked downright giddy telling the crowd that the theme for the Saturday, February 18th white/black-tie presentation at the Meyerson would be Art Nouveau. Following DSOL Deb Presentation Founder Tincy Miller‘s recalling the origins of the major fundraiser for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Assembly and Honor Guard were presented.

The Assembly officers

The Assembly officers

Honor Guard officers

Honor Guard officers

Then the part of the evening that all had been waiting for started — the announcement presentation of the 2017 frosh class. Alas, a couple of the debs, it seems, had sent word that they would be no-shows. Yes, the debs-to-come were represented beautifully by those on the scene, with white roses and peacock feathers in hand. But they were disappointed that some had been called away to internships and holidays.

Aspen Moraif

Aspen Moraif

Betsy Smith

Betsy Smith

Isabel Yoder

Isabel Yoder

Only problem? Word of a couple of the MIAs hadn’t made it into the script, creating an “Oops” moment or two. But ever-cool DSOL Deb Presentation Announcer Stan Garner championed on without more than a moment or two of pause. Escorted halfway down the aisle by members of the Honor Guard, the debs included Layne Anderson, Gracie Beal, Evan Blanton, Lilli Boren, Olivia Burnett, McKenna Cook, Alicia Crenshaw, Caroline Downing, Marina Frattaroli, Heather Hall, Madeline Hendrick, Ellie Kind, Abby Loncar, Ashlyn Matthews, Juliana McIlveene, Natalie Monger, Aspen Moraif, Allison Rogers, Betsy Smith, Mary Stillman, Bailey Turfitt, Georgia Tyler, Emily Vaughan and Isabel Yoder.

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

As the gals finished their walk down the aisle solo, two or three DSOL-ers were standing behind the seated crowd looking like traffic cops pointing them to the hallway leading backstage.

After the right-official presentation, the gals joined their parents in partying a tad bit more. On the other hand, others guests waiting for the checkout at the valet chatted it up. Stan was the first to hit the line, preparing to pedal it to Southlake to join up with his wife Sara Lee Garner for a rehearsal dinner.

For a look at all the 2017 debs on the scene, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante Announcement Presentation

Natalie Monger

Natalie Monger

In less than 10 months, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League will be presenting the 2017 debutantes at the Meyerson. To get things moving along, the newest crop of young women were announced on Friday, June 3. Alas, due to summer vacations, not all the gals were on hand. But the ones who were there wore highest heels and adorable dresses to show off their longer-than-long legs.

Stanley Korshak gowns

Stanley Korshak gowns

Taking place on the top floor of Stanley Korshak, family and friends not only got to see the to-be-debs escorted down the aisle by members of the DSOL Honor Guard, they also got to know each other. Wise move, since the months ahead will be filled with activities and plans.

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

Madeline Hendrick, Bailey Turfitt, Marina Frattaroli and Mary Stillman

While the post is being prepared, get a look at the Korshak announcement party at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 30th Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano and the Monarch butterflies winging down to Mexico, 41 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs in their OMG white ball gowns were flocking like swans at the Meyerson for the 30th Annual DSOL Presentation Ball on Saturday, February 20.

Abby Tisdale and Samuel Boyd

Abby Tisdale and Samuel Boyd

Mary Margaret Hancock, Carlton Adams and Tai Massimilian

Mary Margaret Hancock, Carlton Adams and Tai Massimilian

Ciara Cooley and Carolina Henry

Ciara Cooley and Carolina Henry

Lucy McDaniel and Caroline McDaniel

Lucy McDaniel and Caroline McDaniel

But it wasn’t a stiff-neck get-together for the debs, their Honor Guard escorts, families and pals. From the beef Wellington served in the VVIP private reception in the Horchow Hall to the cheers in the McDermott Concert Hall, it was an all-smiles occasion.

Lowrie Reniger and John Reniger

Lowrie Reniger and John Reniger

Peyton Porter and Matthew Glaser

Peyton Porter and Matthew Glaser

While the post is being finalized, check out more than 50 photos over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debs And Moms Do Holiday Teatime At Troutt Estate

As the fundraising activities were going into hibernation, the private get-togethers were in high gear. However, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League managed to squeeze in one last event. It was actually perfect timing for most. With girls back from college for the holidays, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League took full advantage of the 2016 DSOL Presentation Ball debs being available for the annual tea.

Lisa Troutt

Lisa Troutt

Christie Reniger and Nancy Labadie

Christie Reniger and Nancy Labadie

DSOL Ball Chair Nancy Labadie and her committee managed to have the holiday afternoon event at Lisa and Kenny Troutt’s estate whose halls were decked with a towering Christmas tree, lit candles and a dining room table filled with all types of goodies.

As delicious as the food looked, some of the debs were passing on taking advantage of the spread. After all, they were watching their waistlines since their ball gowns were in the final stages of being sewn up. One of the debs admitted that she hadn’t really been working on her bow, but figured that she still had plenty of time to get the process down by the DSOL Presentation Ball at the Meyerson on Saturday, February 20.

Ciara Cooley, Payton Scott, Carolina Henry and Alexandra Henry

Ciara Cooley, Payton Scott, Carolina Henry and Alexandra Henry

As Lisa and Nancy greeted guests, moms (Lisa Cooley, Claire Henry, Christie Reniger) and daughters (Ciara Cooley, Carolina Henry, Alexandra Henry) made themselves right at home.

Lizzy Gates and Robin Bagwell

Lizzy Gates and Robin Bagwell

On the other hand, Robin Bagwell reported that son, Nolan Bagwell, had to “bow out” of being a member of the ball’s honor guard. His reserve duty commitments scheduled on that weekend had forced his being MIA. Luckily, Robin felt right at home at the tea, since her goddaughter Lizzy Gates is one of the 2016 debs who will be bowing on stage at the Meyerson.

Speaking of MIA, Simona Beal and her daughters weren’t at the tea. Seems her twins Lauren Beal and Tasha Beal were still away at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina, respectively. Luckily, the Beal girls would make it home in time for Christmas and then it was off with their brother Robbie Beal and sister Gracie Beal to ski the slopes with their dad and to Mexico with their mom.

Round Robin September 24: 2016 Cattle Baron’s Co-Chairs Reception And Chic

After the day’s luncheon, everyone should have headed home, but fundraising required venturing out as the weekend approached. At ZaZa Art, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League celebrated Lisa and George Longinos’ being honorary co-chairs for the DSOL Debutante Presentation on Saturday, February 20, at the Meyerson.

North of LBJ, the Dallas Women’s Foundation Luncheon patrons were gathered at The Warehouse in preparation for their October 30th fundraiser with Eva Longoria as the keynote speaker.

Back in the Bubble, the John Wayne Film Festival was underway at Highland Park Village Theater for three days of movies and rubbing shoulders with the Duke’s kin to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Honoring 2016 Co-Chairs

Just a few doors down from the HPV theater, another cancer-busting event was taking place. It was the Cattle Baron’s gals shopping (a percentage of the sales went into the CBB coffers) and sipping at St. Laurent in honor of 2016 CBB Co-Chairs Cara French and Andrea Weber.

2015 CBB Co-Chair Tia Wynne was having to handle the hostessing duties. Her Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens was in New York and finding the getting around town a doozy while Pope Francis was in the Big Apple hood.

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

Claire Emanuelson, Piper Wyatt and Cara French

JB Hayes

JB Hayes

Cara was looking forward to her cousin Blair Farris coming to town on Wednesday, October 14. Blair is the publisher/editor of Peachy The Magazine.

JB Hayes was back from a trip to Tuscany where Courtney and Neal Rider were celebrating the anniversary of their wedding there.

After Claire Emanuelson tried on a multi-colored, $15K fur cape, she and Piper Wyatt were on their way for a girls’ night out. Other guests included Joanna Clarke, Teffy Jacobs, Wendy Messmann, _

Chic

On the edge of the Bubble, Brian Bolke’s Forty-Five Ten was rocking with people watching better than the Grammy red carpet. It was “Chic” — the chic-est kick-off event for the November 7th Art for Advocacy being co-chaired by Paige and John Slates and benefiting Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Itty-bitty Shelle Sills fessed up that by staying thin, she was better able to move through such jamfests. This one included Nancy Rogers, Faisal Halum, Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner, Alicia and Scott Wood, David Droese (“Lately we’ve been doing the family thing.”), Muffin Lemak, Brooke Hortenstine, Julie Hawes, Missy Peck, Christen and Derek Wilson, Pat McEvoy, Jennie Reeves, Sunie Solomon, Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman.

Shelby Wagner

Shelby Wagner

Scott and Alicia Wood

Scott and Alicia Wood

Missy Peck

Missy Peck

 

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Brooke Hortenstine and Jennie Reeves

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

Antimere Robinson, Shane Monden and Nick Westerman

The evening’s draw was so typical of Brian. Author Donald Robertson was all smiles while signing his “Mitford at the Fashion Zoo.” Oh, goodness, how the ladies were lined up whom Donald had illustrated on the shopping bags. Talk about wanting to be a bag woman!

Donald Robertson

Donald Robertson

Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin

In another area, “looks” expert Linda Rodin needed no spotlight. It was her glasses, her white/silver hair, her Bottox-less beauty or her outstanding cheekbones. It was the whole package that set her aside from the rest. Her zest for life and people dominated the scene. “I’ll have what she’s having!

Claire and Piper, who had moved their girls’ night out to Forty Five Ten, were then headed back to Highland Park Village for din-din at Café Pacific.

Round Robin 8/27 Part I: DSOL Reception, La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Check Presentation And Stars And Stripes Festival Kick Off

As a warm-up for the upcoming fall fundraising season, the evening of Thursday, August 27, was a real workout all over town. Here is Part One of the evening’s activities:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Past Chair Reception

Venise Stuart

Venise Stuart

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis

Jolie Humphrey

Jolie Humphrey

Tincy Miller

Tincy Miller

Just up Preston Road, Tootsie’s upper level was a showcase of formal evening gowns. And checking out the dazzling threads were members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League with all types of DSOL Presentation Ball chairs doing the modeling like Kay Weeks, Dixey Arterburn, Jolie Humphrey, Sarah Frazee, Venise Stuart, Melissa Lewis and Tincy Miller, who founded the event in 1987. Providing the background of each of the models’ involvement with the ball plus the 2015-2016 fashion trends was Jan Strimple, who will manage to produce the extravaganza on the Meyerson stage on Saturday, February 20.

La Fiesta De Las Seis Banderas Check Presentation

Mary Hubbard, Tom and Julie Trigg and Lori Martin

Mary Hubbard, Tom and Julie Trigg and Lori Martin

Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen

Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen

Just south of Tootsie’s on Preston Road in Highland Park Village’s Mockingbird Room, the 2015 La Fiesta De Las Banderas Co-Chairs Mary Hubbard and Lori Martin were doling out $454,950 to recipients like The Family Place’s Paige Flink, University Park Library’s Kathy Cosgrove, Sharon Martin, Barbara Daniel and Julie Nunez and Highland Park Literary Festival Co-Chairs Anne Besser and Kathleen Whalen.

New kid-on-the-block Highland Park Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg and his wife Julie Trigg were feeling right at home among the Parkies.

Stars And Stripes Film Festival Kick Off

Just down the way in HP Village at the movie theater, Stars And Stripe Film Festival Co-Chairs Tanya and Pete Foster were hosting the kick-off of the Sons Of The Flags fundraiser.

Ryan Parrott, Mary Meier and Tanya and Pete Foster

Ryan Parrott, Mary Meier and Tanya and Pete Foster

After SOTF founder/President/CEO Ryan Parrott briefly explained how important funding was to help military, first responders and civilian burn victims, Tanya and Pete revealed plans for the festival that will run Thursday, November 12 thru Sunday, November 15, at the Angelika.

Tanya told how Lynn and Allan McBee had been the chairs for the first festival last year and “They set the bar really high last year.”

Pete then explained how the number of new burn victims outnumbers burn specialists, creating a lack of available care.

Syd and Margaret Carter

Syd and Margaret Carter

Honorary Co-Chairs will be Margaret and Syd Carter with SOF Board of Director Connie Boucher chairing the luncheon at the Dallas Country Club featuring retired Gen. Tommy Franks on Friday, November 13.

Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert introduced a reel of trailers promoting just a smidgen of the films to be screened at the festival including “Patton,” “We Are Soldiers” and a documentary on 9/11 first responders,

Sons of the Flag Director of Development Mary Meier reported that already $75K had been raised and emphasized that people should stay after the screenings of the movies for the Q&A’s. For instance, the Native American community is bringing in WWII code talkers to discuss “Windtalkers.” Honorary Co-Chair Syd will speak at the end of “Bridges of Toko Ri.” Following the showing of “Patton,” the late Gen. George Patton’s grandson, George Patton Waters will discuss “life with George.”

While individual tickets don’t go on sale until October, sponsorships are available now.