Those looking to score an incredible deal while supporting an important cause hit the jackpot recently at the Fairmont Hotel, where hundreds of arts patrons gathered for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League's Fashion Notes event.
Now in its fifth year, the fashion show and luncheon — this year chaired by Amy Turner, with Dianne Etheredge and Meagan Etheredge Sells serving as honorary chairs — benefits the outreach and education programs of the Dallas Symphony Association, which encompasses DSO on the GO, community concerts and performances, Cecil and Ida Green youth concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, and Young Strings.
The Venetian Room was packed with silent auction items coordinated by Sharon Popham, ranging from jewelry and purses to home decor and plenty of restaurant experiences and gift cards.
Mari Epperson put together a fast-paced and competitive live auction (expertly conducted by auctioneer Wendy Lambert), with such prizes up for grabs as a diamond bracelet watch, tickets to next year's DSO gala (plus a room at the Ritz-Carlton for after), two ultimate sports packages, a trip to Puerta Vallarta, and a personal shopping experience at the Lela Rose boutique.
The fashion designer, native Texan, and former DSO debutante Lela Rose herself was in attendance, there to be honored with the group's inaugural designer award.
Guests — including Allison Brodnax, Phyllis Coit, Roxanne Phillips, Tandy Mitchell, Darlene Ellison, Nancy Connor, Dick and Carole Ann Brown, Nita Clark, Caren Prothro, Teffy Jacobs, Penny Reid, Angela Fontana, Lacie Crow, Barbara Averitt, James Leffler, and Susan Duvall — dined on a savory butternut squash soup followed by roast chicken atop potato gnocchi, while DJ Blake Ward played a selection of bouncy tunes. The lunch ended on a sweet note with a dessert duo of Key lime pie and chocolate meringue bars, served with double chocolate gelato.
DSOL president Lisa Loy Laughlin recognized past committee members before Stanley Korshak's Bret McKinney emceed the runway show, which highlighted looks from Stanley Korshak, Hip! Hip! Hooray!, and St. Bernard and featured models from the DSO and DSOL.