32nd Annual Presentation Ball Introductions

2018 Debutantes and Honor Guard. (Photos: James French)

33 Symphony Debutantes took their bows at the 32nd Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball on Feb. 17 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The spotlight was on the debs, their families, and dapper members of the Honor Guard with over 1100 in attendance. 

The Honorary Chairs were Lisa and Kenny Troutt who were also there with their Honor Guard son Grant.  

Lori Routh served as Ball Chair and Mari Epperson is President of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. Committee Chairs were Melissa Lewis, Kay Weeks, Sandy Secor, Eleanor Bond, Rene’ Edwards, Nancy Labadie, and Kim Brannon. 

The debutante season started with an announcement party in June and ended with the Ball. 

This year’s Ball featured three generations of involvement. Nancy Duncan was a proud debutante mom to daughter Denise Duncan Beutel in 1991, and then together they co-chaired the Presentation Ball in 1996. This year granddaughter Caroline Beutel made her debut. 

“The Presentation Ball honors DSO debutantes and their families through memorable experiences that bond young adults and their families with the community and the symphony,” said Nancy.

Other families have had long involvement with the DSOL and Presentation Ball. Debutante Claire Fletcher’s mom, Mary Rebecca Enloe Fletcher, made her debut along with her aunt in 1988. Alexis Bray’s grandmother, Mrs. Frances B. Chantilis, was a Past President of the DSOL in 1983-84 and her mom, Stephanie, was a DSOL Representative to the Jewel Ball in Austin.
Also in attendance were Jerry and Gene Jones with their daughter and son in law, Charlotte and Shy Anderson, to see their grandson, Shy, Jr., an officer in the Honor Guard.

The 2018 debutantes are: Caroline Allday, Meika Bass, Caroline Beutel, Natalie Blazejewski, Kennedy Boscamp, Alexis Bray, Helena Burns, Megan Casey, Catherine Champlin, Arden Cheatham, Bronwyn Cordiak, Eliza Davis, Claire Fletcher, Grace Gunnin, Hope Hyde, Emma Jenevein, Olivia Jennings, Anna Marie Jordanou, Riley King, Katie Kupp, Catherine Leffert, Lane McCormick, Annabel McGill, Megan Meinecke, Kay Merritt, Caroline Morway, Theiline Pigott, Jacqueline Reagor, Avery Roossien, Madison Stuart, Julianna Szuwalski, Madeline Toole and Morgan Weaver.

Pastors To Swap Pulpits on Sunday

Pastors from Park Cities Baptist Church and Concord Church in southern Oak Cliff will swap pulpits this Sunday as part of their ongoing joint efforts to bring racial reconciliation to the city of Dallas.

Bryan Carter, senior pastor of Concord Church, will preach at 10:45 a.m. at Park Cities Baptist, bringing a message titled “Peace Maker.”

Second Tuesday Luncheon Featuring Clarice Tinsley

Clarice Tinsley and Jennifer Sampson. (Photo: Don Clausen)

Fox 4 news reporter Clarice Tinsley took a walk down memory lane at the February Second Tuesday luncheon with the United Way Dallas.

Tinsley, who is celebrating 40 years as a broadcaster, showcased a personal presentation about her life in journalism, from covering international news to affecting local change through her reporting in Dallas

“It was a pleasure to hear from such a familiar presence who has been in the middle of so many stories about our city and our nation,” United Way Dallas wrote about the Feb. 13 event.

Held at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, the organization also honored past recipients of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas J. Erik Jonsson Volunteer Award. The award was created in 1978 by the board of directors in honor of the four-term mayor.

Crime Reports Feb. 12 – March 11


Around 4:30 a.m. March 6, a 46-year-old woman called the police when a blazing jar was thrown at the front door of her home in the 6200 block of Woodland Drive