Ball raises critical funds for education

Photo courtesy of JSB

This year’s Junior Symphony Ball (JSB) at Gilley’s was a huge success, carefully executed by more than 300 committee members. More than 2400 students from 35 schools attended a celebratory evening with dinner, dancing and music. The total dollars were tallied, and a tremendous sum has been raised by the students. At a recent private reception, the JSB committee presented a gigantic, oversized check to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (DSOL) for $446,000. The JSB is a “Purpose with a Party” fundraising event where high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from more than 35 participating schools come together and celebrate with an evening filled with live music, dancing, professionally staffed gaming tables, raffles, prizes and refreshments. The goal is to raise critical funds for Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s music education and outreach programs such as Young Strings and Young Musicians, which positively impact under-served youth in Dallas and throughout North Texas. JSB is now in its 64th year and is the longest-running fundraiser of the DSOL. — Deborah Brown