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The West Virginia Symphony League Fashion Show, " A Celebration of Heroes," Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the University of Charleston, celebrated 10 heroes in the community, including Jennifer Brumfield, an oncology nurse; Dural Miller, the program director for the Keep Your Faith Cooperation on Charleston’s West Side and Harold Hayslett, a World War II veteran and violin maker.  The heroes, as well as the model,s walked down the runway.  Three models did a special tribute for Helen Lodge, wearing furs from House of LUXE.  Models showed off clothes from 20 different retailers, including Tony the Tailor, Two Eighteen, White House Black Market and Heidi Dylan, a boutique downtown.





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We thank all of our models and we thank our retailers very much:

RETAILERS:  Heidi, Buckle, Charlotte Russe, Virginia Lee, Morgan Rhea, Kin Ship Goods, Charleston Department Store, Francesca's, University Girl Apparel, Initialed Life, New York & Company, Charlie Boutique, Kelly's Mens Shop, Geraniums, Two Eighteen, White House Black Market, Ivor's Trunk, Tony the Tailor, House of Luxe, and The Boutique by B.Belle Events.

At the WVSL FALL MEETING at Edgewood Country Club September 10 , Officers and Committee Chairs were introduced (check Committee Chairs link to left), and the Events for the 2015-2016 year were described by President Morgan Robinson (check the WVSL Events Link to left).  This year's theme, which will carry over into the events and Symphony Sunday, will be to Celebrate Heroes. Major events to raise $100,000 for the WVSO include the October Fashion Show, the December Children's Tea, the Februry through March Symphony Raffle, the May Symphony Gala honoring Maestro Grant Cooper, and the June Pinnacle Party and Symphony Sunday.  Our roster, "The Full Score," and other communications will be distributed electronically to allow more money to go to the WVSO. Those willing to help with Young People's Concerts, please contact Laura Lee Albert.

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Past events from 2014-2015 are highlighted below:




Shiva Shafii, Maestro Grant Cooper, Corey Zinn and Amanda Colebank posed on the Capitol steps in their best Greek attire, prior to the West Virginia Symphony League’s annual Bayer Symphony Sunday — : “Greek Serenade.” - This was featured before the event in the paper: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150531/GZ05/150539988#sthash.wN6gixW6.dpuf

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At the WVSL Spring Meeting at Edgewood Country Club on May 12, the new WVSL officers for the 2015-2016 year were installed.  These included:

President Morgan Robinson

President Elect Ruth Joseck

Vice President  Ann Urling

Treasurer Sandy Call

Secretary Lisa Bolles




In addition to the very succesful "Fashion at the Apollo" Show at the University of Charlestonon February 5, WVSL events for the 2014-2015 year included the West Virginia Symphony League Young Peoples Concerts (Laura Lee Albert and Helen Epps) and the Symphony Gala on March 20 at the Four Points by Sheraton, honoring Dr. Edwin H. Welch and Dr. Janet Welch (organized by Tanya Law, see the invitation images below).




Symphony Sunday 2014 was Sunday, June 1!


For pictures of Bayer Renaissance Symphony Sunday, June 1, see the Photo Gallery!

The WVSL held its Spring General Membership Meeting at Berry Hills Country Club May 28, 2014.  New officers were installed.  Missing from the picture below is the new President-Elect, Morgan Robinson.  More pictures are here.



Applause Fashion Show sold-out success!

The West Virginia Symphony League hosted its “Applause” Fashion Show Thursday night, May 1, at the Kyle Furniture building in Charleston.  All earnings from the event  support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, currently celebrating its 75th anniversary.  Thanks to so many hosts, sponsors, donors and helpers listed below!

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Pictures: Charleston Daily Mail/Craig Cunningham 5/01/14.   For names and more, see http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140501/DM01/140509893/1420

#"APPLAUSE"  to our lovely emcee Kallie CartElizabeth Noreika and everyone from WCHS & WVAH TV for helping to make the 2014 Fashion Show a smashing success!  http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/140501_25123.shtml
... from JoEllen Bursinger Zacks

Let's hear some #"APPLAUSE" for Cathleen MoxleyAmanda Barren Wsaz and all of our friends at WSAZ NewsChannel 3 for bringing style and grace to the 2014 West Virginia Symphony League Fashion Show! http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/Dozens-Walk-the-Runway-in-the-Symphony-League-Fashion-Show--257611951.html  ... from JoEllen Bursinger Zacks

Shop Sat. and Sun., May 3 and 4 at Doncaster to benefit the WVSL with this.  The show might be over, but fundraising for #APPLAUSE continues through May 11. Lisa Holley is generously donating 10 percent of sales from her Doncaster Apparel trunk show to the West Virginia Symphony League. The trunk show ends tomorrow but online sales through May 11 will be added to the fashion show proceeds. Thank you, Lisa!


"Viola" watercolor by Jeff Pierson. 
Photography:  Ladies - Lauren Stonestreet  |   Gents - Chris Gosses

A Champagne reception was hosted by the Bridge Road Bistro, with service courtesy of Men in Black and Honorary Hosts.  Emcee of the Applause Fashion Show was Coach Kidd of Electric 102.7.  Applause: The 2014 Fashion Show was hosted by Kallie Cart of WCHS-TV.  An "In the Bag" Silent Auction was held, with bag and bag prize donors listed below.  Twenty Pop Up Shops (listed below) were enjoyed by all during the Champagne Reception and After Party.  A cast of more than 100 presented the largest fashion show ever staged in West Virginia, featuring

Apparel and Accessories from:

The Boutique by b-belle events  Macy's
Berry Hill's Pro Shop                     Nellie Rose Textiles
Buckle                                             Nikki Butler Designs
Cache                                              Oliverio's
Charlie Boutique                            Penny Fiorivante
Chicos                                             Ramsey Eye Care
Collage                                            Ranch Dressings
Dartanya                                         Savvy Chic Boutique
The Dressmaker's Closet             Shabori
Fit For a Queen                              Store 218
Francesca's                                    Talbots
Geraniums                                      Tees 4 Teena
The Greenbrier                               Tony the Tailor
Gurkees                                           University Girls Apparel
Indie Sparrow                                 Village Collection
Ivor's Trunk                                     White House Black Market
Kelleys' Mens' Shop                      Worth

Bride Road Bistro
West Virginia Commercial Real Estate


Capitol Conference Center
Turner Medical Spa
WesBanco Bank


Bearing Distributors, Inc.
Mountain State Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Smith Company Motor Cars
Summit Community Bank
Liz and Louise Weisberg


Charles Ryan Associates
Helen Kesari, Realtor
Real Estate Central, David & Christina DiFilippo
Stella & Dot-Melissa Orders Independent Stylist
Thomas Health System
United Bank
Christie Werkman and Lida Widdecomb, Old Colony


Charleston Blueprint
Ellen Clark
Sandy Dingus, Drug Testing Centers of America
Johnstone and Gabhart LLP
Laurel Kirksey
Melissa K. Marland
Melissa G. Rubin
Danielle Snidow, Uncork and Create
Grace Vandecruze, Worth New York
Shirley Walker and Armelia Pannell
Barbara K. Warren


Coal River Energy
Mary Linda Veleso


Backstage Bodywear, Bead Unique, Charles Jupiter Hamilton, Contemporary Galleries, Dan Riffle Woodworks, Dartanya, Debra Davis Designs, Doncaster, Gurkees, Ivor's Trunk, J. Q. Dickinson Salt Works, Kelley's Men's Shop, Morgan Richards Design, Nellie Rose Textiles, Nikki Butler Designs, Ramsey Eye Care, Squatty Wing, Stella & Dot/Melissa Orders, Tamarack, University Girl, Village Collection, Wendy Wassink Portraits, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Yarid's.


Mike Hackl, Host-in-Chief
Scott Amburgey, State Farm Insurance; Frank Baer, III, Commercial Insurance Services; Harry F. Bell, Jr., Bell Law Firm; Andrew Byrd, Mannion and Gray, Attorneys at Law; Joseph Deacon, Deacon and Deacon insurance Agency; W. Henry Jernigan, Dinsmore & Shohl, PLLC; Duke Jordan, Great Expectations Realty; Alex Hall, Alpha Architects and Engineers; Brian Hicks, Alpha Natural Resources; Robert Kiss, Cabinet Secretary, WV Department of Revenue; Bob Lagg, Mardi Gras Casino; J.B. McCuskey, WV House of Delegates;  Michael Moore, Moore and Biser Law Group; Eric Nelson, WV House of Delegates; Dale Oxley, Modern Home Concepts; Tim Quinlan, City National Bank; Doug Skaff, WV House of Delegates; Jim Strawn, Highland Hospital; Justin Tallarico, Power Parts Supply, LLC; Chip Urling, Image by Design, LC; Eric Waller, Patriot Coal; Thom Woollredge, McKinley & Associates; Steve Woomer, Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates, PLLC.

The West Virginia Symphony League
Applause Fashion Show Committee

Co-Chairs:  Crystal Good     Ann Urling     JoEllen Zacks

Ellen Archibald, Jamilah Clark, Adam Cunningham, Jan Wood Cunningham, Donna Edmondson, Penny Fioravante, Debra James, Laurel Kirksey, Melinda Kiss, Cara Knechtly, Lia Marcum, Melissa Marland, Holly Martin, Sara McDowell, Alana Minear, Josie Moore, Shelia Neal, Marisa Pedro, Stephanie Reese, Ben Robinson, Morgan Robinson, Leigh Ann Strickland, Yolanda Tam, Barbara Warren, Dee Watters, Lisa White

Lisa Lopinsky, VP of Development WVSO
Samuel Settle, Development Manager, WVSO

THANK YOU Food and Beverage Sponsor, Bridge Road Bistro; Host Sponsor, West Virginia Commercial Real Estate; Event Designer, B. Belle Events; Creative Sponsors Kikki Butler - fashion guide insert, Charming Charleston - marketing and social media, Chris Gosses Photography, Greg Henshall Photography, InsideOut Creative - logo and program, Donna Edmondson Photography, Jeff Pierson - "Viola" muse, Mixxed Media, Robinson Design - website design and video invitation, Lauren Stonestreet - Elle Effect - photography, Mark Wolfe - Boys are Back promotion; Media Sponsors, Electric 102.7 | WCHS-TV Channel 8; Cleanliness Sponsor, Kanawha Services; Beauty Sponsors, Erica Burdette-Glamour Puss, MAC, Macy's, Salon 405, Salon 712, Salon Indigo, Sephora, Turner Medical Spa, Visions Day Spa; Meet and Greet Event Sponsor, Smith Company Motor Cars; Logistical Support and Sponsorship, Party King | Mike Neal; VIP Swag Bags, Charleston Town Center, Sephora; Transportation Sponsor, Smith Company Motor Cars.

VERY SPECIAL APPLAUSE TO Krista and Josh Brogan, Fashion Coordinators, Adam Cunningham, Male Model Coordinator, Coach Kidd and Morgan Robinson:  Electric 102.7, Sandy Call, Bridge Road Bistro, Montana Dawson, Fashion Coordinator, Amanda Easter, InsideOut Creative, Chip Urling, Image by Design, Mike Hackl, Men in Black Bartending, Lisa Lopinsky and Samuel Settle, WVSO Development Office, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, Lia Marcum, West Virginia Commercial Real Estate, Lisa McCracken, Charleston Town Center, Jeremy Nelson, Smith Company Motor Cars; and to our many volunteers:  Sara McDowell, Leigh Ann Strickland, Mike Neal, Ellen Archibald, Janice Lessley, Melissa Marland, Ilene Beckett, Jarve Currence, Athen Christodoulou, Elder Beerman, Carolyn James, Kevin Woodford, WV Air National Guard, Dee Watters, Holly Martin, ED Childhood Language Center, Scott Van Brocklin, Shelia Neal, Tara Martinez, ED, WV Women's Commision, Beth Wolfe, Director of Recruitment, Marshall University, Chip McDowell, Tracy Britt, Olivia Lim, Leigh Ann Watts.

Twenty Purse Donors (Charlie Boutique, Charlotte Russe, Dressmaker's Closet, Eggplant, Geraniums, Ivor's, Debra James, House of Luxe, Josie Moore, Kelley's Men's Shop, Macy's, Salon Indigo, Stella and Dot/Melissa Orders, Stray Dog Antiques, Talbots, The Consignment Company, Tony the Tailor, Village Collection, Yarid's, JoEllen Zacks) contributed to the "In the Bag Silent Auction Donors."  We thank them and the In the Bag Prize Donors (Adventures on the Gorge, Alzheimer's Association, Art Emporium, Blues BBQ, Charleston Town Center, Don & Connie Bowes, Bridge Road Bistro, Cakes by Appointment, Center for Dermatology & Skincare, Collage, Cook Jewelers, Cornucopia, Crayon Lacing, Deborah Davis Designs, Donna Edmondson Photography, Ellens Ice Cream, Embassy Suites, Fiesta Farms, Penny Fioravante, Four Points by Sheraton, Edgewood/Sugarwood Golf Lessons, Debra James, Jeff Charles iFitt, Joe's Fish Market, Laury's Leonoro's, Lifespring Yoga, Nail Pizzazz, Paterno's, Petit Jewelry Design, Pies and Pints, Jeff Pierson, McCormick Jewelers, Purple Onion, Ramsey Eye Care, Salon Indigo, Smith Company Motor Cars, Stella & Dot Melissa Orders, Sugar Pie Bakery, Syrra Salon, The Wine Shop, Tops Off Barber Shop, Turner Medical Spa, Uncork and Create, University Girl Apparel, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, White House Black Market, Woomer, Nistendirk and Associates, JoEllen Zacks, YMCA).  Thank you VERY MUCH!


The donors listed were known as of April 18, 2014.  The West Virginia Symphony League gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions that were received after the posting of these contributions or which were inadvertently omitted.  They will be posted soon.  Please send donor and other additions and corrections to the wvsl.org webmaster at scifinerd@gmail.com for anything we may have omitted or misspelled. Corrections will be posted immediately.

More on the West Virginia Symphony League Fashion Show at wvfashionshow.com, on Facebook here at charming-charleston.com, and on twitter@wvsymphleague. Share the news on your social media with #wvslapplause!!!

2014 Dancing with the Stars Results

People's Choice Award: 
Nikki Orcutt and Cameron Martin dancing Hip Hop; "Who Runs This?"

Judges High Score Award:
Dr. Chafik Assal and Angel George dancing Swing/Jive; "Doctor Love"

Iris Riggs Congeniality Awards:
Courtney Persinger and Matt Osbourne

There was great fun by all!  Pictures are here.  Dancing with the Stars was brought to you by: The West Virginis Symphony League,Tthe West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Bridge Road Bistro, Proud Eagle, Inc., and North Central Distributors.

The West Virginia Symphony League thanks our GOLD SPONSORS:  Appalachian Power and Calvin Broyles Jewelers; our SILVER SPONSORS:  Fahlgren Mortine, Mardi Gras Casino, Moses Auto Group, Mullen Plumbing, One Stop, and the West Virginia Lottery; our SUPPORTING SPONSORS:  American Technology Rentals, and White Oak, Photographer; and our RECEPTION SPONSORS:  Proud Eagle Inc, The Bistro, and North Central Distributors.

Helen Lodge honored by award!  See news!

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West Virginia Symphony League, Belle Manjong President 2013-2014
(304) 382-6200     belle@bbelle-events.com
One Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301 or PO Box 2292, Charleston, WV 25328
Clay Center Tickets: (304) 561-3570, WVSO Executive Receptionist: (304) 561-3552



On March 18, the Charleston Area Alliance honored Helen Lodge, with the "Arts to the Max" Award in their "We love our Community" Awards.  WVSO and WVSL friends attended.


And of course Maestro Grant Cooper came to honor Helen!



The Teddy Bear Tea was a wonderful event!

Teddy Bear Tea

The West Virginia Symphony Gala, Diamonds are Forever, was an elegant evening honoring Patrick Bond and celebrating the McClaugherty legacy!

Presented by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and the West Virginia Symphony League, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.

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