Women’s Symphony League’s Diamond Jewel Ball Debs Dazzle

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Darcie Siiteri of Innovative Photography

THE SCENE: Over 900 people from Austin’s most established families gathered at the Palmer Events Center for the 59th Annual Women’s Symphony Diamond Jewel Ball. The cocktail hour started the festivities where guests mingled, discussed their various summer escapades, and bid on a wide array of silent auction items with items for guests of all ages. At promptly 7:30 guests took to their dinner table seats for the presentation of The Royal Court of belles, beaus, junior squires and princesses who led the way for the beautiful debs in stunning gowns. Presented by their fathers and escorted by their handsome white-tie attired escorts, the Texas Dips were then made. Other cities in the state presented their own symphony debutante representatives in colorful gowns, too. Upon completion of the presentation, guests finished their delicious meal and then adjourned to the lively after party.

THE VIBE:  The black-tie affair featured beautiful, impeccably-dressed women in stunning ball gowns and dashing men in their tuxedos. The sense of family participation added a great level of warmth and heart to the evening – often with three to four generations on hand to support family and friends, some of whom have been attending since the ball’s inception in the early 1950s. The feeling of delight filled the room as guests both young and young at heart danced the night away to great music on the dance floor, while others tried their luck at the Vegas-style casino.

THE CAUSE: The glam and sophisticated affair, chaired by Tobie Flannery of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin, raised over $_____ for Austin Symphony Orchestra’s education programs which service over 90,000 Central Texans each year.  Along with community service that the debs and escorts do throughout the year, the event is a culmination of all the good work the League provides in supporting the entertainment that the Austin Symphony League offers for the region.


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