Parties, Etc. for Sunday, April 8, 2018
WELCOME PRESIDENT- DESIGNATE JAMES GALLOGLY
Party: Members of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents were hosts for a party to introduce new OU President James Gallogly to friends of the university. The event was at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Guests: Among those at the party were Regents Clayton I. Bennett, Leslie J. Rainbolt-Forbes M.D. and her husband, Scott Forbes; C. Renzi Stone, former Gov. Frank Keating and his wife, Cathy Keating; Gov. Mary Fallin and her husband, Wade Christensen; former Gov. David Walters and his wife Rhonda Walters; Barbara and Judge Ralph Thompson, Lee Allan Smith, Gene Rainbolt, Charlotte Lankard, Lil and Bill Ross, Jane Harlow, Chris and Gary Purcell, Barry Switzer, Joe Washington, Will Merrick, Elby Beal, and Caroline and Gabe Ikard.
Occasion: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Spring Dinner was held in OC Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery among art from the OK Collects exhibition. Eighty guests attended the party. A harpist played during pre-dinner cocktails and the dinner. Christian Keesee and members of the board of directors for OCAC were hosts.
Theme: The signature color for the event was violet, which was displayed on the signage, in a Violet Cosmo cocktail, in floral arrangements and take-home macaroons.
Brief program: Board President Keesee and Artistic Director Jeremiah Davis spoke at the dinner. Guests had a Champagne toast to celebrate construction underway for the new downtown Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
Menu: Spring dinner menu items included arugula rocket salad with lemon vinaigrette, petite cut sirloin with red wine sauce and poached salmon with Champagne lemon sauce, medley of vegetables and herbs, creamy mashed potatoes and chocolate Chambord cake.
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Book reception: Ree Drummond was honored at the Best of Books Edmond at a book signing and reception recently. Her new book “Little Ree Best Friends Forever” has just been published. Books sold out and the line of Drummond's fans were out the door and into the parking lot.
Special touch: After speaking about the book and her special friend, she asked the children at the event to gather around and she read the book to them with great joy and answered questions. Then she signed the books with her enthusiastic charm.
Hosts: Nan and Joe Hight and their staff were hosts for the event.
Book signing reception: Barbara Duff-Brannon was honored at a reception at Page Sanctuary Church Fellowship Hall. Her new book “One Life, Many Testimonies: A Legacy of God's Grace and Mercy” has just been published.
A testimonial: Duff-Brannon told the group of friends and family members about how she wrote the book and how much the book and her faith meant to her. Then she got to the work of signing copies with heartfelt messages.
Menu: Oklahoma City caterer Larry Brannon, her husband, served his special lemon squares, brownies, macaroons and cookies, along with punch for the event.
Game time: Marnie Taylor, Notre Dame class of 1979, put on her lucky ND sweatshirt, green jeans, and got out a basketball that belonged to her dad, Jack Brehmer, ND class of 1943, to watch last weekend's finals for NCAA Women's Basketball. It worked. Notre Dame won the finals! “My dad (he died in 2016) would be smiling,” Taylor said. “He was a huge Notre Dame sports fan and loved women's basketball," she added. “The basketball, signed by coach Muffet McGraw, was one of my dad's and now one of my most prized possessions.”
A few facts about Jack: The Fighting Irish fan who lived in South Bend, Indiana, all of his life, except for a couple of years in Oklahoma with Marnie and Clayton Taylor, is buried on the campus of Notre Dame. He was honored as the oldest living Notre Dame fan at the game during the 2012 Oklahoma vs Notre Dame football game. He received the basketball on his 89th birthday.
Party: Jane Jayroe Gamble and Gerald Gamble were hosts in their beautiful new home for Societies of Oklahoma City University honoree reception preceding the 30th annual 2018 Awards of Excellence, which is scheduled for April 26th.
Honorees: Introduced at the party were honorees Susan Edwards, Dulaney-Brown Library Society Award; Cathy Keating, Kirkpatrick-Petree Music and Performing Arts Society Award; Edie Roodman, Norick-Hulsey Gallery Society Award; and Jean McLaughlin, Oklahoma City University Distinguished Philanthropist Award.
The main event: The April 26 luncheon is at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club beginning with a reception at 11 a.m. Jenee Lister is chairman. Societies president is Linda Whittington.
CHOCTAW'S AFJROTC MILITARY BALL
Event: Choctaw High School's AFJROTC's Military Ball was held at the Boren Activity Center. More than 200 cadets, guests and visitors from four AFJROTC units were introduced and they walked through a saber arch and were greeted by a receiving line.
Formal start: Guests stood for the Presentation Of The Colors, the singing of the national anthem, a tribute to POW/MIAs and the invocation. A formal dinner was served and after the cake cutting, dancing began.