Turtle Creek Conservancy Hosts Virtual 12th Annual Day At The Races


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by James Edward Photography

THE SETTING: With the pandemic’s social distancing protocols still in place, the Turtle Creek Conservancy hosted their Twelfth Annual Day at the Races virtually. Streaming from Arlington Hall, guests enjoyed Derby Day’s excitement in the comfort of their own home, with the event raising almost $113,000.


THE STYLE: The sponsors and patrons received a festive hat box filled with Derby-inspired goodies that included all manners of tasty treats, an Angry Orchard straw derby hat, a t-shirt, as well as horse racing wagering tickets. Guests tuned in to watch a live broadcast hosted by the Conservancy’s CEO Gay Donnell Willis and Louis Murad of Murad Auctions.


The CAUSE: The event was led by its chairs, Courtney Edwards and Reanae Seth, with community chairs, Leigh and Brian Danley, while Julie and Frank Reedy served as honorary chairs. The Day at the Races Derby event benefits the Turtle Creek Conservancy, whose mission is the care and preservation of Arlington Hall and Turtle Creek Park. Modeled after the Central Park Conservancy in New York, the nonprofit organization manages two treasured City assets where Dallasites have made cherished memories for generations.



Luncheon And Style Show Benefits The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League


By Cynthia Smoot     Photography by Jeff Smith

THE SETTING: The show must go on. And, it certainly did during the pandemic with social protocol in place as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League celebrated music and fashion at the seventh annual Fashion Notes Designer Award Luncheon and Style Show presented by Veritex Community Bank at the Fairmont Dallas. The runway sizzled as the latest styles strutted down the catwalk.


THE STYLE: The event consisted of the Fashion Notes Designer Award presentation, a live auction, a performance by DSO Young Strings cellist Rahel Lulseged, and a style show featuring the latest fashions from Tootsies. In recognition of the League’s 75th Anniversary, the recipients for the Designer Award were all the past presidents.


THE PURPOSE: Karen Cox chaired the event, with mother-daughter duo, Cile McCormick and Claire Catrino serving as honorary chairs. Anne Ligon serves as DSOL’s current president. The League is proud to be a part of the success of the Dallas Symphony. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs for children and adults throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas.


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, founded in 1946, has a long tradition of support for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Throughout the last 75 years, the League has donated over $20 million to the Dallas Symphony.