On Friday evening, March 4, make plans to enjoy an elegant evening of dining and dancing as the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler (WSL) presents Red Carpet Ball. This annual event is the organization’s largest fundraiser and this year will honor high school senior and junior members of the Junior Symphony League. The Red Carpet Ball will be held at the Harvey Convention Center and begins at 7:00 p.m. The evening will also include casino games and a silent auction.
The 2011 Ball is co-chaired this year by WSL executive board members Letha Bowen and Tricia Wiggs. Founded in 1955, the purpose of the WSL is to support and promote the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO), children’s educational programs and music scholarships, and to encourage music education throughout the community. Mrs. Bowen also serves as the ETSO reception chair and Mrs. Wiggs as a WSL committee member.
As a community volunteer, Mrs. Bowen is involved with the Texas Rose Festival and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. She has also volunteered for Mother Frances Hospital and the Bethesda Health Clinic, and served on the Tyler Cattle Barons’ committee.
“I truly believe that I am abundantly blessed and feel honored to give back to those around me,” Mrs. Bowen said. “My business and sales background have prepared me to offer those skills to non-profit (organizations) in our community. I am happiest when I am being helpful.”
Born in Dallas, Mrs. Bowen has lived in Tyler for 26 years. She is a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and earned her bachelor of business administration degree from East Texas State University-Commerce. Mrs. Bowen and her husband, Chris, have been married 23 years and have one daughter, Claudia, 19, a college sophomore. The Bowens are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wiggs lends her volunteer efforts as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., and is active with the League’s Mistletoe & Magic event. While a resident of Texarkana, Mrs. Wiggs served two terms as president of the Sanderson Garden Club and served as secretary of the Partnership for the Pathways board of directors where she helped create walking and bicycling paths throughout the city. She is also a Master Gardener Intern.
“I believe if every adult gave at least one hour per week to volunteerism, our world would be a much better place,” Mrs. Wiggs said. “Also, if parents are volunteering, it is more probable that their children will follow suit.”
Mrs. Wiggs was born in Dallas and has been a member of the Tyler community for a total of 24 years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University–Texarkana, where she earned her bachelor of applied arts and science degree. Mrs. Wiggs and her husband, Steve, have been married 40 years and are the parents of two adult children, Erin and Robyn. The Wiggs are members of Marvin United Methodist Church where Mrs. Wiggs serves on the missions committee.
Both women agree that Tyler is a wonderful place to live because it’s a culturally rich community and because it has historically had the ability to see the future and plan for the generations to come. “I also love the fact that Tyler is a faith-based community,” Mrs. Bowen said. “It’s one of the most generous cities anywhere, and I’m proud to call Tyler home.”
Mrs. Wiggs reminds us that a world without music would be a very dull world. “After the 9-11 World Trade Center disaster, our country was silenced until our national anthem was played, which united us all,” Mrs. Wiggs said.
For more information about the 2011 WSL Red Carpet Ball, please call 903-596-9154 or visit www.wsltyler.org.