Sunday Morning: Helen Ford Wallace: March 24
HONORING THE CHAIRMEN
Occasion: Cathy Keating and former Gov. Frank Keating were honorees at the special evening recognizing them as the 2019 Campaign Honorary Chairmen of the Allied Arts. Board members were hosts for the party at the BOK Park Plaza venue.
The Keatings: They were honored for their contributions to the arts and their careers in public service. The focus of the evening was to acknowledge them for their dedication to the betterment of Oklahoma. The party also thanked guests for being leadership donors to Allied Arts.
Surprise: The program featured a surprise performance by the Keatings’ granddaughter, Catie Leonard, who sang “Many a New Day” from the Broadway Musical "Oklahoma!" Leonard performs with Allied Arts member agency Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.
Program: During the program, guests enjoyed music from Gene Stroman and the Fleener Brothers with the Rodeo Opry. Additionally, the food was by Kam’s Kookery, the event décor was by Eventures and flowers were by New Leaf Florist. Party favors were provided by Haley’s Kitchen.
HONORING RED TIE WINNER
Dinner: Mary Deane Streich was honored at a dinner in the Wine Room of the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Lela Sullivan, Polly Nichols and Karen Browne were hostesses. Streich was the 2019 recipient of the Jim Vallion award presented at the Red Tie night on March 9 and some of her life long friends met to pay tribute to her for that special accolade.
Friends: At the party were Carolyn Howell, Marty McCharen, Rindy Hyde, Carol McPheters, Wendy Huff, Linda Garrett, Brooke Murphy and Emily Remmert. They shared stories about the honoree’s life.
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Flowers: A large bowl of red peonies, yellow roses and forsythia decorated the table.
TALKING ABOUT THE IMPRESSIONISTS
Coffee: Dr. Erin Duncan-O’Neill, University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts professor, gave a lecture on Impressionists and Impressionism at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Linda Garrett is chairman of the ARTisans Lecture series.
About the speaker: She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has a BFA degree in art history at the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s of education degree from Arizona State University, Phoenix, and a PhD in art and archeology from Princeton University. She speaks French, Spanish and German.
Hostesses: Sarah Hogan, Sody Clements, Marilyn Meade and Mary Price were hostesses and other members speaking at the podium were Janie Deupree and Julie Hall.
Proceeds: ARTisan Lectures donations and member dues are used for scholarships for students pursuing art or art history degrees at OU. Dr. Duncan-O’Neill works with Dr. Bette Talvacchia, director of the School of Visual Arts at the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, which is led by Dean Mary Margaret Holt.
P.E.O. FOUNDERS DAY LUNCHEON
Luncheon: Hundreds of P.E.O member from 18 chapters in the Oklahoma City area celebrated the founders of P.E.O. and the 1869 founding of the organization at a luncheon at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club. Long time members were also recognized. Members of P.E.O. Reciprocity Group, representatives from each chapter, were hosts. Sue Francis is the president.
The program: Chapter CK members gave the program “Our Founders-Fabulously Fashionable,” and it was a modern-day fashion show featuring members modeling contemporary clothing that might have been worn by the founders today.
Honorees: Yellow roses were given to members who have been active for 70, 60 and 50 years. They were Joan Hambrick and Jean Webber, 70; Henri Close, Janet Eselin, Betty Wheeler and Jean Wilson, 60; and Patty Hicks, Judy Alexander, Helen Lawson, Elizabeth Wilson and Linda Croak, 50.
STATE CONFERENCE MEETING
Event: The 62nd annual state conference of Oklahoma Society Colonial Dames 17th Century was held at the Courtyard Marriott. Special baskets for Women Veterans were presented.
Program: Dr. Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma History Center, was guest speaker.