Raffle replaces seated dinner

By Deborah Brown

Join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League as they raffle favorite Symphony, Sip and Savor experiences and look ahead to days filled with music and friends. DSOL celebrates each spring with an elegant fine wine dinner known as Savor the Symphony. Plans were well underway for this spectacular annual event until just recently when the world was gripped by the COVID-19 crisis. Savor the Symphony Raffle is being held in place of a seated dinner and offers an extensive array of items and packages. Event chairs are Angela Fontana and Penny Reid. Mari Epperson is the Raffle Chair and Kim Brannon is the DSOL President.

Proceeds of the Savor the Symphony Raffle benefit the outreach and education programs of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and raises much-needed funds. Since 1998, the DSOL has contributed more than $20 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs DSO on the Go, Community Concerts and Performances, Cecil and Ida Green Youth Concerts, Symphony Yes!, DSO Kids, Young Strings, and Young Musicians.

Raffle items are divided into two tiers. Tier 1 Raffle items include a Bravo! Festival in Vail package and a Gold Stradivarius Membership. Tier 1 tickets are 1 for $500, 3 for $1200, 5 for $2000.

Tier 2 Raffle items are Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala Tickets, Loge Tickets & Dinner and Sip & Savor and Wine & Dine packages. Tier 2 Tickets are 1 for $100 and 7 for $500.

Underwriting sponsorship levels are available at $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500. Details of benefits vary according to level and include invitation-only DSO experiences, premium concert tickets, concert hall recognition, and raffle tickets. A description of benefits is available on the Savor the Symphony tab at www.dallassymphonyleague.com.

“In Honor of” donations are also available at $250, $100, and $50.

Raffle tickets, underwriting sponsorships and “In Honor of” donations can be purchased by mail, email or simply purchased online. Payments must be received by May 13 to be included in the raffle drawing. No tickets will be mailed. Blind drawing will take place on May 22, 2020, with 3 witnesses present. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of the drawing and all Raffle items will be mailed, with the exception of the “Sip & Savor” and the “Wine & Dine” packages. These two packages will be delivered to your porch at a mutually agreed upon date.

To purchase by mail: send to Janet Keckeisen – Treasurer, 4516 Normandy Ave., Dallas TX 75205. Checks should be made payable to Savor the Symphony.

To purchase by email: send to jkeckeisen@sbcglobal.net

To purchase online: visit the DSOL website: www.dallassymphonyleague.com, Savor the Symphony tab

For More Information:  

Angela Fontana: angelafontana1@me.com or 214-213-9848;
Penny Reid: mittens64@icloud.com or 917-573-8113

Full details available: www.dallassymphonyleague.com

Raffle Item Descriptions


Trip to the Bravo! Festival in Vail – Value:  $Priceless

4 tickets to an Opening Night at Bravo! Vail, Summer 2020* (Choose to attend the DSO’s opening night, or one of the other 3 resident orchestras: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Philadelphia Orchestra or New York Philharmonic); Invitations to pre- and post-concert events on the opening night, Bottle of champagne delivered to seats, Activity in Vail (horseback riding or river rafting), Gift certificate for lunch at a local restaurant. *In the event that Bravo! Festival is cancelled, these tickets may be redeemed at the Summer 2021 event.

Gold Stradivarius Membership – Value:  $12,500

Receive the Symphony VIP treatment all year long with a Gold Stradivarius Membership. These memberships are reserved for Symphony donors at the $12,500 level and up. As a Gold Stradivarius member you will receive an invitation for two to the Chairman’s Dinner, an elegant dinner hosted by Dallas Symphony Association Chairman of the Board at a premier venue. You will also receive an invitation for two to the Maestro’s Dinner, a gourmet seated dinner with Maestro Fabio Luisi. Other benefits include invitations to exclusive Open Rehearsals and Receptions, Post-concert receptions with DSO musicians and/or guest artists, Trustee Voting Privileges, and an invitation to the DSO Annual Meeting and Reception.


DSO Gala Tickets – Value:   $2,500  – The 2020 DSO Gala will mark the first Gala appearance from Music Director Fabio Luisi. To celebrate this momentous first, the DSO and its stellar musicians will take center stage as the Gala evening’s guest artists. Luisi is celebrated throughout the world for his work in symphonic and operatic repertoire, including a GRAMMY® Award for his performances with The Metropolitan Opera. The 2020 DSO Gala will highlight the orchestral beauty and drama of the opera stage with beloved preludes, intermezzi, incidental music and orchestral showpieces. This one-night-only event will be unmissable, filled with orchestral brilliance, sparkle, drama, intensity and passion. Your two (2) tickets include an elegant cocktail reception, seated dinner, concert tickets, after-party and valet parking.

Loge Box & Dinner in OPUS – Value:  $2,000 – Treat 7 of your closest friends to a magical evening at the Symphony! Enjoy 8 Loge Box seats to a Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert of your choice (based on availability) and dinner for 8 in OPUS.

Sip & Savor  – Value:  $1,800 – Relax and enjoy a fabulous case (12 bottles) of 2017 Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley! These are buttery and complex wines. Save them for your own enjoyment or share with friends and family!

Wine & Dine  – Value:  $2,320 – Eat, Drink and be Merry! This package is so versatile! You’ll enjoy various wines and gift cards to some of Dallas’ favorite restaurants. Celebrate a special occasion or just get away from all the cooking you’ve been doing! Keep the gift cards and wines for yourself, or give some away as gifts to someone special!

This package includes:  $200 Del Frisco gift card,$200 Capital Grille gift card, $100 Al Biernat’s gift card, $50 Hillstone gift card, $50 Season’s 52 gift card, $50 Lombardi Family Concepts gift card (Bistro 31, Lounge 31, Lombardi’s Catering, Penne Pomodoro, Kai, Lombardi’s, Taverna, Toulouse), One Case (12 bottles) 2017 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay – Value:  $1080; One bottle 2010 Falcor “Le Bijou” Bordeaux Blend – Value:  $65; One bottle 2017 Ridge Geyserville Red Blend – Value:  $50; One bottle 2016 Linne Calodo “Problem Child” Red Blend – Value:  $85; One bottle 2011 Donelan Syrah – Value:  $60; One bottle 2014 Seasmoke Ten Pinot Noir – Value:  $115; One bottle 2017 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir – Value:  $150; One bottle 2017 L’Aventure Optimus,Red Blend – Value:  $65.

 Underwriting Opportunities

$15,000 – PRESENTING SPONSOR: 15 Tier 1 Raffle Tickets, 10 Tier 2 Raffle Tickets, Invitation for 2 to the DSO Chairman’s Dinner (Invitation Only Event), DSO Program Book  Recognition, Recognition on DSO Crystal Wall Plaque, 8 Tickets to a DSO Concert of Your Choice (based on availability), 8 VIP Private Intermission Reception Passes.

$10,000 – LOGE SPONSOR: 10 Tier 1 Raffle Tickets, 8 Tier 2 Raffle Tickets, DSO Program Book  Recognition, Recognition on DSO Crystal Wall Plaque, 8 Tickets to a DSO Concert of Your Choice (based on availability), 8 VIP Private Intermission Reception Passes.

$5,000 – ORCHESTRA TERRACE: 5 Tier 1 Raffle Tickets, 5 Tier 2 Raffle Tickets, DSO Program Book  Recognition, Recognition on DSO Crystal Wall Plaque, 4 Tickets to a DSO Concert of Your Choice (based on availability), 4 VIP Private Intermission Reception Passes.

$2,500 – DRESS CIRCLE: 3 Tier 1 Raffle Tickets, 3 Tier 2 Raffle Tickets, DSO Program Book  Recognition, Recognition on DSO Crystal Wall Plaque. Donation Fully Deductible.

$1,500 – GRAND TIER – 2 Tier 1 Raffle Tickets, 2 Tier 2 Raffle Tickets, Recognition on DSO Crystal Wall Plaque.

“In Honor of” – Levels are $250, $100, $50.