For 58 years, the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler (WSL) has raised funds and provided volunteers to support the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and music education within our community. With a membership of more than 700, the organization is a strong force for bringing the cultural and civic value of symphony music to Tyler.
On Friday, February 28, 2014, the WSL will hold their annual Women’s Symphony League Ball, A Winter’s Dream. The ball, which is the WSL’s principal fundraiser, includes dinner, dancing, casino games, and the presentation of the Junior Symphony League. Under the direction of co-chairs Beth Whitney and Kristen Seeber, the event promises to be a spectacular and festive occasion.
“Tyler is unique in that it has such an outstanding symphony for a community its size,” Mrs. Whitney said. “Funds raised through the Women’s Symphony League Ball directly contribute 20 percent of the East Texas Symphony’s annual budget, allowing the symphony to continue to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community.”
Outside of her service to the WSL, Mrs. Whitney is a member of the Gertrude Windsor Garden Club, the Tyler Junior Garden Club, and the Pi Beta Phi Tyler Alumnae Club. She has also served as president of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., co-chair of the 2013 Zone IX meeting of the Garden Club of America, co-chair of the Texas Rose Festival Coronation, and administrative assistant to the 2012 Texas Rose Festival President.
“I believe you are not what you have, but you are what you give,” Mrs. Whitney said. “It is this belief that motivates me to give of my time through volunteer service.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Whitney has resided in Tyler for 27 years. She is a graduate of Memorial High School in Houston, Texas, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mrs. Whitney and her husband, Clayton, have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two adult sons, Russell and Stewart, and daughter Claire, a senior in high school. The Whitneys are members of Christ Church where Mrs. Whitney is a member of the Altar Guild and the Membership Committee.
“Tyler is such a generous and vibrant community. Its size allows it to address community needs in ways that larger cities cannot. Tyler has always been a champion of the arts, which greatly adds to everyone’s quality of life,” Mrs. Whitney said.
For more information about the Women’s Symphony League Ball, A Winter’s Dream, visit wsltyler.org or call 903-596-9154.