Parties, Etc. : Sunday, March 25, 2018: Helen Ford Wallace
HONORING THE HONORARY CHAIRMEN
Allied Arts event: Polly and Larry Nichols were honored for their leadership as 2018 Allied Arts Honorary Chairmen.
The purpose: Allied Arts members were hosts. President/CEO is Deborah McAuliffe Senner. The focus of the evening was to acknowledge the Nichols for their dedication to elevate the arts which goes with the Allied Arts' purpose to make sure the arts are available to everyone. The party was also to thank the 200 top donors and guests for being leadership donors.
The view: The event was held on the top floor of the Devon Tower with spectacular panoramic views. Guests were treated to a rooftop tour on the tower, known as the highest point in Oklahoma.
The program: Aimee Harlow introduced the honorees and Addison Starling, the Nichols' granddaughter, presented them with flowers. Deborah McAuliffe Senner gave remarks about the Nichols. Allied Arts board chairman Tricia Everest and the 2018 campaign co-chairmen Aimee and David Harlow updated guests on the progress of the annual campaign.
The music: Savoy Trio played during the evening and Allied Arts staff member Laura Cunningham and her OKC string quartet also played.
Breakfast: Members of the U.S. Grant High School class of 1958 met for breakfast at OK Country Café. They talked about the upcoming 60th “Big Top” reunion set for April 13 and 14 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. This group has been meeting monthly for breakfast for many years and have stayed organized by class members Judy and Larry Warner, who are also organizers for the reunion.
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The main event: The reunion features a meet-and-greet social mixer on Friday and a buffet dinner on Saturday. To date, more than 100 reservations have been made for this class. A video will be shown and the great music from the 1950s will be played.
Inaugural award: Jim Vallion was honored at the 2018 Red Tie Night event and was presented with the inaugural "James Vallion Philanthropy Award." Paula Love gave him the award at the beginning of the evening. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. Scott Davis and David Leader were co-chairmen of Red Tie Night. Cher Golding is executive director of the Ok AIDS Care Fund which Red Tie Night benefits.
In the community: Vallion was instrumental in creating the first Red Tie Night and was a founding board member for the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. The honoree, owner of Trochta's Flowers & Garden Center, has been caterer and decorator for almost every major civic event in Oklahoma City, including Renaissance Balls, the first Decorator's Show House Gala, the first western Heritage Award dinner, the first Children's Charity Ball. He coordinated events for the late Gov. Henry Bellmon, former Gov. Frank Keating and the University of Oklahoma President President David L. Boren (although Vallion is an avid Oklahoma State University supporter.) He has provided creative services for numerous Heart Balls, Beaux Arts Balls, Winter Balls, Broadway Balls, and Ballet Balls. He was chairman of the floral arrangements for the Murrah Federal building bombing memorial service.
The award: The award itself was designed by local artists Rick and Tracey Bewley and the team at MTM Custom Awards.
HONORING THE SPEAKER
Dinner: Dr. Zuhdi Jasser was honored at a dinner by the OKC Town Hall board of directors recently at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club. Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, lectured the following day to members of Town Hall on the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution. Hosts for dinner were Ann Carlson, Dr. Earl Miller, Dr. Richard Smith and Peter Vitali. Alan Webb is Town Hall president.
Seen: Among those attending were Patti and Bill Birchall, Sharlene Branham, Karen and John Gray, Carolyn Bean, Carleen and Jerry Burger, Sue and John Francis, Rose Lane, Joe Kernke, Jeanne Anne Van Horn, Judy and George McDowell, Mary and Bill Price and Kay and Clark Musser.