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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Nov. 25
By Helen Ford Wallace
| Published: November 25, 2012
INASMUCH FOUNDATION DINNER
Who/what/where: Edith Kinney Gaylord was honored posthumously at a dinner sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation at the Devon Energy Tower. The dinner was for her induction into The Oklahoma Hall of Fame in Tulsa. Bill Ross is Chairman of the Inasmuch Foundation and Bob Ross is President and CEO.
Why: Gaylord, a former Associated Press reporter, was president of the National Women's Press Club and secretary of Eleanor Roosevelt's Press Conference Association before serving on the board of directors of her family's business, The Oklahoma Publishing Co. Champagne toasts were given by Bill Ross, University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren and Barbara Yalich, longtime friend of Edith's from Colorado Springs, Colo., and a member of the advisory committee of the Inasmuch Foundation.
Menu: The menu consisted of some of Edith's favorite foods, which included stone crab, shrimp, caviar, lamb chops, filet of beef, cheese grits, asparagus and carrots. Green salad followed the entree and dessert was miniature strawberry shortcake and chocolate cakes. Flowers and candles decorated the tables. Party favors were two books: “Franklin and Eleanor,” by Hazel Rowley, (Edith covered Eleanor Roosevelt for the AP during World War II) and “Prairie City,” by Angie Debo (about small-town Oklahoma).
Guests: Lil and Bill Ross, Heather and Bob Ross, Molly and David L. Boren, Louise and Clay Bennett, Christy and Jim Everest, Marianne and Patrick Rooney, Samia and Joe Harroz, Jan and Robert Henry, Becky and Alan Roten, Jeanne Hoffman Smith, Christy Bennett, Mollie Bennett, Tricia L. Everest, Mary and Colin FitzSimons, Myrla and Gary Pierson, Kay Dyer, Kelly Dyer Fry, Molly Ross, David O. Hogan, June Patton, Carole and Ed Kelley, Kathy and Ed Martin, Martha Williams, Karen and Andy Rieger, Sue and Bob Hale, Jody and Joe Foote and Joan Gilmore.
Birthday dinner: Walter Ross recently celebrated his 89th birthday at The Coach House. Hosts were Tom Ross, Julie Ross-Martin, Karen Ross and Susan Ross. They also celebrated David Brown's 17th birthday.
Family stories: The Dyer family and the Ross family have been friends for 60 years, and table talk was about the fun times the families have enjoyed together.
Cake: Hot lava cake was served for dessert.
Luncheon: New honorees of the Societies of Oklahoma City University 2013 Awards of Excellence were introduced a luncheon at The Coach House.
Honorees: Honored were Janie Axton, Kirkpatrick-Petree Music of Performing Arts Society Award; Marnie Taylor, Dulaney-Browne Library Society Award; Charlotte Richels, Norick-Hulsey Gallery Society Award, and retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, OCU Distinguished Philanthropist Award.
Training: 50 sustainer, active and provisional members of the Oklahoma City Junior League attended a training session in the home of Christi Coyle. It was called “Small Bites” and there were tips about entertaining, flower arranging and recipes.
Menu: Chicken lettuce wraps, tomato, basil, mozzarella skewers, chicken pasta with pesto sauce, pine nuts and Brie in phyllo puffs were served. Information booklets were given to the guests.
More fun: A Mackenzie Child's platter and Ina Garten cookbook were raffle items, and Linda Garrett was the winner.
Seen: Betty Jane Garrett, Linda Slawson, Valerie Aubert, Cristi Reiger, Kristen Brown, Betsy Mantor, Kristi Leonard and Wenda Mounger.
YSOC'S 40th ANNIVERSARY
Reception: Youth Services for Oklahoma County (YSOC) celebrated 40 years of “Changing Young Lives” at a “Where Were You in '72” reception at the agency's Family Junction Youth Shelter. YSOC provides counseling and behavioral and educational programs for children and families in Oklahoma County.
Short Program: YSOC CEO Debbie Forshee welcomed guests and Betsy Mantor, YSOC's vice chairman of the board of trustees, spoke briefly about the agency's work.
Seen: State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn and several of the YSOC's current and former board members were at the party. There were also community leaders, program graduates and YSOC staff members.
RECEPTION AT THE GIFT SHOP
Book signing/reception: Judy Savage and her pet therapy dog, both Mercy Hospital volunteers, were honored at a book signing party set up in front of Mercy's gift shop in the lobby of Mercy Hospital. Judy has written her first book called “Rossi the Approval Poodle,” which gives five rules for living a happier and healthier life.
Prints charming: The book was autographed by Judy and then given Rossi's paw print stamp of approval. Rossi, a black standard poodle with bouffant hair, accompanied Judy to the party.
Giving back: Proceeds from the book sale will benefit children-related projects at Mercy Hospital. The book is a self-improvement book for children and depicts pictures of the poodle interacting with people throughout it.
More signings: Judy and Rossi also will be at book signings at Full Circle Book Store, Keedo's Children's Store, Integris Baptist Medical Center and BC Clark Penn Square.
Event: Members of the Oklahoma Art League met at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to present to the museum the painting by early Oklahoma artist Nellie Shepherd. The gift was made possible by a donation from the club's projects fund, contributions from individual OAL members and assistance from Joy Reed Belt. It was the 95th painting given to the museum since the group was founded.
Tour: Club members toured the current collection of the American Moderns exhibit following the meeting.