61st Women’s Symphony League Jewel Ball Presents Debutantes
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Becky Kettleman
THE SCENE: The annual tradition of presenting young men and women to local society always calls for a celebration. This year, the Austin Women’s Symphony League hosted the 61st annual Jewel Ball at the Palmer Events Center. The dazzling evening featured a court of Texas high society, who arrived from across the state to usher in this social milestone for the newest generation of the League’s royalty.
The Royal Court theme made for an evening majestically fit for a king and queen. The festivities began with a cocktail hour that coincided with a silent auction. Afterward, guests made their way to their tables where they were treated to a delicious meal while the debs and escorts were presented to “the subjects” in attendance. After the crowd became acquainted with the newest members of Austin’s “Royal Court,” the party continued as revelers danced and rolled the dice at the casino, which has become an event staple.
THE VIBE: Upon entering the black tie affair the feeling of family was palpable. Many of this year’s debs and escorts know the Jewel Ball as a familial rite of passage, and the pride in the eyes of their parents and grandparents, many of whom were previous debs, escorts or volunteers themselves was on full and glorious display. The ceremonial celebration is always an occasion to share experiences and memories passed down from one generation to the next.
THE CAUSE: Co-chairs Freda Voelker and Kim Widner chaired this evening of pageantry. The annual event raises funds to benefit the Austin Symphony Orchestra, an organization that serves over 90,000 children with its innovative educational programs year after year.