Parties, Etc. for Sunday, April 22, 2018
SALUTE TO STOOPS
Party to remember: From the video invitation listing all things good about Bob Stoops and highlights of his career and the University of Oklahoma football program, to the unveiling of the Stoops statue, to Toby Keith on stage, the “Salute to Stoops” event at the Bennett Event Center at the State Fairgrounds was spectacular!
Forever crimson and cream: The 1,200 guests dined in a room filled with beautifully- appointed tables. Tablecloths and napkins were red and white and white flower bouquets were in red vases. Party favors on the tables were Stoops bobble heads and white Stoops-autographed OU visors. OU Bedre candy bars were passed out as guests left the event center.
Preserving a legacy: There were football signals everywhere, from the football “picks” holding tomato and mozzarella for the salad, to huge glass containers filled with footballs at the front door and vases filled with oranges representing the Orange Bowl. During the cocktail hour, championship trophies were displayed, along with banners from the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Special touches included viewing arrangements for guests to watch some of the highlights of big games.
Stars on hand: Mascots Boomer and Sooner were at the party as well as The OU Marching Band, student organization Ruf/Nek members, The OU Cheer Squad and Pom Squad. Emcees Sherri Coale, Dusty Dvoracek and Toby Rowland were important players on the program as well as Clarke Stroud (in referee uniform) who refereed the “Shout Outs” (tableside chats), from special people in Stoops' life. OU President David L. Boren, Barry Switzer, Lincoln Riley, Clay Bennett and Joe Castiglione gave brief, distinctive remarks. OU president-designate James Gallogly was introduced. There were many standing ovations as people cheered, applauded and shouted out “Boomer Sooner.”
The loyalty factor: The center was filled with football players and friends of the Stoops family. The famous “Big Tex” from the Texas State Fair also made a video appearance honoring Stoops. Among the crowd on this spectacular adventure were Sam Bradford, Rufus Alexander, Jammal Brown, Ryan Broyles, Bubba Burcham, Dvoracek, Chris Hammons, Tommie Harris, Dick Ellis, Quentin Griffin, Joe Mixon, Trent Smith, Billy Sims, Joe Washington, Gabe Ikard, Clint Ingram, Landry Jones, Teddy Lehman, Seth Littrell, Curtis Lofton, Dane Zaslaw, Torrance Marshall, Trey Millard, DeMarco Murray, Rocky Calmus, Josh Norman, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Steve Owens, Jordan Philips, JD Runnels, Zack Sanchez, Dewey Selmon, Greg Pruitt, Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker, Clendon Thomas, Dede Westbrook, Adrian Peterson, Jason White, Samaje Perine, Blake Bell, Roy Williams, Trent Williams, Steve Zabel, and many, many others.
Taking a bow: “I love my players,” Stoops said. He thanked everyone from his beautiful wife Carol and his family, Mackenzie, Drake and Isaac Stoops, who appeared on stage with him when his statue (brought up from Norman and returned for permanent placement on the OU campus the next day) was unveiled, to Boren and Joe Castiglione and the fans, donors, coaches, staff and supporters. “It was fun. I had a ball. It has been great,” he added enthusiastically. Carol Stoops gave her own words of appreciation to the crowd. “This state is very special. I appreciate everyone in this room," she said.
Perfect entertainment: Toby Keith. After all was said and done, Toby, one of Stoops' biggest fans and one of Stoops' favorite music artists, took to the stage with a special concert to honor his friend and Oklahoma football.
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Dinner: Jeanne Hoffman Smith entertained at dinner honoring poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and playwright Chris Abani, of Chicago, before his appearance at Oklahoma City University's Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series through the Center at the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. She invited 35 ISFL committee members to her home to meet the Nigerian-born writer. This is the 20th year for the poetry sessions.
Menu/flowers: Single-stemmed lilies in a row of vases sat on the piano and the hostess served pulled chicken and pasta from a recipe from author Pat Conroy's book. She also served chocolate cookies, which she has every year.
A little background: Smith began her lifelong interest in poetry as a child when her grandfather gave her 5 cents to memorize a verse. Also, her mother, a pianist, traveled the state with Poet Laureate of Oklahoma Jenny Harris Oliver, when she recited poetry across the state.
AN EVENING WITH LEE CHILD
Event: Author Lee Child was the guest speaker for Literary Voices, the signature event of the Library Endowment Trust. The event was at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Award: Susan McVey was presented the Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award.
Committee: Gail Huneryager was chairman and Roberta Fields and Heather Ross were co-chairmen. Huneryager introduced the speaker. Committee members were Brian Alford, Catherine Armitage, Tina Beal, Robert Clements, Rita Dearmon, Teresa Cooper, Karen Delaney, Julie Hall, Sue Ann Hyde, Karen Mayfield, Penny McCaleb, Steve Payne, Mary Price, Crystal Stasyszen, Suzy Sultemeier, Jill Trauschke and Kathy Williams.
Fast facts: Best-selling author Lee Child attended law school and was a television presentation director for 18 years. He created the Jack Reacher series which has been the inspiration of a couple of dozen books and several movies. His real name is James “Jim” Grant but he is primarily known by his pen name Lee Child.
THANK YOU, DESIGNERS
Occasion: Local designers for the Symphony Show House were honorees at a thank you party at Expressions Gallery. Members of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League were hosts. The Show House located at 3115 Dutch Forest Lane, Edmond, opens to the public May 5.
Menu/music: Guests were treated to gumbo, bruschetta and beef tenderloin sandwiches, along with cheese, fruit and coolies. Sam Kahre played the cello. At all the Show House parties, guests are treated to excellent food, (all the OCOL members are great cooks,) and beautiful music (the symphony players are wonderful musicians).
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Cookout: Members of Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae were hosts for Family and Friends Night at Camp DaKaNi. Millicent Gillogly, president, planned the menu of roasted brats, hot dogs and smores. The group played indoor games as they were moved indoors because of rain. Co-chairmen were Gillogly and Bev Woodrome.
Speaker: Oviya Selvakumar talked about her camp experiences. She attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University's week-long STEM camp. Alpha Gam's focus this year has been family fun and opportunities for middle school girls to attend camp.
Event: The William Rives Chapter of Colonial Dames 17th Century met for a luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Etta Reid gave a talk about Penelope Barker and the Edenton Tea Party.
Other business: Kristen Ferate, president, opened the meeting and Pat Patton, chaplain, gave the benediction. Tea pots were filled with spring flowers.