2022 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball Chair Elizabeth Gambrell had quite a challenge the evening of Thursday, May 27. With 49 gals making up the 2022 class of DSOL debs, the reveal gathering at Stanley Korshak had all the chances of being an all-nighter rollout. But then Elizabeth was an old hand at presentations, having co-chaired La Fiesta des las Seis Banderas in 2018 and chairing the 2019 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, The Senior Source Spirit of Generation Luncheon in 2015, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Women of Distinction Luncheon in 2014, the Junior League of Dallas Ball in 2012 and the Each Moment Matters Luncheon in 2010, to name a few.
With the game plan of a winning coach and the diplomacy of an ambassador at St James Court, Elizabeth requested that all speakers, like DSOL President Venise Stuart, Presentation Ball Founder Tincy Miller and Stanley Korshak VP/Divisional Merchandise Manager Martha Leonard, who was subbing in for Korshak owner Crawford Brock, be brief. All followed orders to a “T” with the entire presentation moving along smoothly to kick off the Dallas Symphony’s 36th black-tie fundraiser.
But before the program got underway, the top floor overflowed with guests like Presentation Ball Honorary Chair Sherwood Wagner with Todd Clendening and Marena and Roger Galt, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Kim Noltemy, DSOL First Husband Larry Stuart and deb parents Laura and Jason Downing, Deborah and John Scott and Janie and David Condon, who were on hand despite deb-to-be daughter Gracie Condon being MIA due to her SMU Rowing team’s NCAA competition in Sarasota.
Yvette Ostolaza was receiving congratulations over being named Sidley’s chair-elect of its management company. As thrilled as she was about her new role, she was especially proud on this night of son Alec Dewar as Honor Guard escort.
But soon the crowd took their places along the white runway for the program to get underway with the announcement of the following debs scheduled to make their bows on the Meyerson stage on Saturday, February 12: Nora Arnold, Virginia Baker, Bailey Beaird, Cambridge Bender, London Boscamp, Abigail Brannon, Riley Cheek, Gracie Condon, Amelia Cox, Erin Daugherty, Eliza Davis, Katherine Downing, Katherine Edwards, Katie Elliott, Virginia Fielder, Sydney Goodiel, Katherine Hancock, Audrey Hanna, Emily Hea, Reva Henderson, Ava Heppner, Julia Hicks, Stephanie Hirschbrich, Sophie Hung, Madigan Jacoby, Grace Judin, Claire Koonsman, Story Langston, Ashley Laughlin, McKinley Lawson, Brooke Marvel, Ashlyn Meuse, Anna Mikeska, Kate Murray, Ashlee Newton, Abbey Perry, Mary Tarver Reid, Anna Robinowitz, Annie Sawers, Bella Scott, Sarah Smith, Lydia Szuwalski, Margaret Thompson, Samantha Ungerman, Ella Varel, Annie Walker, Elizabeth Walsh, Tory Wicklund and Kelsey Wittmann.
Of course, things have changed a bit since the first black-tie fundraiser took place in 1987… especially the changing hemline trends. While waiting for her car, one matron asked her friend, “Did you see how short those dresses were?” Her friend laughed and responded, “We used to call them shirts.”
BTW, proceeds from the DSOL Presentation Ball program will benefit the “DSOL’s Outreach and Education Programs that it offers to children and adults throughout Dallas and the surrounding area.”
For a look at all the debs-to-be and an assortment of families and friends, check ’em out at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.