Parties, Etc. for Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
CELEBRATING 50 DAYS
Unique birthday: Lori Burson's friends got together, coordinated by Manda Ruffin, to celebrate 50 days prior to her birthday, beginning in December. They will celebrate until Jan. 26, which is Lori's 50th birthday. David Leader hosted the first event at Stella's Restaurant. Judge Chanda Graham sang "Happy Birthday" to Lori and Stella's patrons and guests received a glass of Champagne to help celebrate the “50 days of Lori.”
Each day: Her friends selected a day honoring her with one-on-one time. “The goal is for 50 friends to consecutively celebrate Lori's birthday within 50 days in a row. It is such an honor to be a friend of a lady with unbelievable character in so many facets, most especially as a loving friend,” Ruffin said.
Among the 50 friends: Celebrating with Lori this month are Rufffin, Gena Timberman, Rhonda Bratton, Sheryl Pribyl, Becky McCubbin, Scott Davis, Kathy Williams, Leader, Jeanette Elliott, Tiffany Talton, Kyle Muse, Sandra Kirk, Shellie Holt, Rachel Thetford, Ana Browning, and Paige Shepherd.
IT'S THE SEASON
Cocktails and Candy: Elyse Hatcher and Amy Bankhead hosted their annual party, “Cocktails and Candy,” at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Guests brought unwrapped toys to donate to the Candy Cane Village, which provides disadvantaged children with a birthday gift throughout the year or a Christmas gift.
At the party: Some of those friends celebrating the season were Kristen Brown, Jane Helms, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Bebe MacKellar, Leslie Russell, Mary FitzSimons, Libby Naifeh, Suzanne Peck, Denise Parsons and Amy Maguire.
How sweet it is: The candy table was filled with various colorful candies. Guests were encouraged to take candy home in cellophane treat bags. The tables also were decorated with fresh bouquets of roses, holly and peonies designed by New Leaf Florist. Besides candies, guests also had shrimp cocktail shooters and finger sandwiches.
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Ho ho ho: Santa and Mrs. Claus made a guest appearance and posed for photos with the partygoers.
Occasion: The 2017 Mercy Gala was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Co-chairmen were Nicole Dell'Osso and Tallie Valentine. About 400 guests attended the party.
Decor: The theme was snowflakes and party planners used decorations of purple, silver and white.
Dinner: Along with the seated dinner, the gala featured cocktails, a raffle, a silent auction, a fundraising appeal and entertainment from Christian Pearson and Souled Out.
The talley: The event raised $265,000 for the Mercy Care Fund and other projects of the Mercy Health Foundation, including Project Early Detection, a program of Mercy Hospital which provides free breast health services to uninsured, underserved and economically-challenged women in central Oklahoma.
Christmas cheer: Amy Maguire was hostess for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Christmas event in her home, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
The purpose: Kappa presented a check to Heather Johnson, executive director; and David Gilliland, the special products coordinator, for $11,000 for the sale of the Premier Card for Payne Education Center. Becky Brewer was the Kappa chairman for the sale of the Premier Card.
Kappa of the Year: The Kappas also announced their Kappa Woman of the Year. She is Dr. Kay Goebel. She is a psychologist and has been a community volunteer in various areas for many years. She is the past board president for Girl Scouts and continues to serve on the board. She will be presented at the OKC Panhellenic Luncheon April 4.
Event: A Homestead Social Appreciation Party was given for the largest donors of the Harn Homestead Social fund-raiser which was held in September. It was held in the home of Amber Brock and David Kallenberger.
Food/flowers: Kallenberger provided food for the occasion, which included cheese and fruit trays, vegetable trays, meat and pate dishes, shrimp; and trays of cookies shaped like the Harn Homestead logo, cowboy hats, sheriff badges, cowboy boots and all things from the homestead. Red and white roses and white mums with Christmas greenery decorated the tables.
Oklahoma Art League lunch: A special luncheon was held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for members of the Oklahoma Art League. The tables were decorated with white angels. Linda Paul, Tulsa, played the harp.
Guests: Staff from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art were invited guests. At the event were Michael Whittington, president and CEO; Michael J. Anderson, PhD, director of Curatorial Affairs; Francesca Giani, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Roja Najafi, PhD, curator. Other guests were Connie Schlitter, Allison Lindsay, Persia Allen, and Donna Rinehart-Keever.
HOLLY JOLLY GATHERING
Christmas event: Members of the United Way of Central Oklahoma Women's Leadership Society had their annual get-together, the Holly Jolly Gathering. It was in the home of Jane Jayroe Gamble. Judy Love and Alice Hager are co-chairmen of WLS. Guests were asked to bring coat and blanket donations that were distributed to several United Way Partner agencies.
The group: WLS is a group of United Way leadership givers.
Brunch: Judy Hatfield invited a few church friends from Oklahoma City Community Church for holiday brunch at the Carnegie Center. She served quiche, green grapes in the form of a Christmas tree and mozzarella ball basil tomato salad.
RINGING THOSE BELLS
Occasion: Members of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City rang bells for the Salvation Army this year. Among the volunteers were Jeff Simpsen and Terri Cooper, both past presidents of Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29.
NOW THAT'S A CHRISTMAS APRON
Event: Rawsie Boyles was one of the hostesses at a recent holiday party and wore the long apron her dad gifted her a long time ago. It was festive and beautiful and it was a lovely tribute to family and Christmas.
From me: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! — Helen