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Sunday Morning Extra with Helen Ford Wallace: Bachelors Club issues invites

Erika Mattison. [PROVIDED PHOTO]
Erika Mattison. [PROVIDED PHOTO]

Bachelors Club members invited 29 young women to be debutantes for the 74th annual Christmas Ball. BC members arrived at the women’s homes by limousine on Thanksgiving Day and presented them with an invitation and roses and toasted them with a glass of Champagne. They will be presented at the ball on Dec. 22 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Debutantes will be escorted by Bachelors Club members. Souled Out Band will play and the evening will end with a late breakfast.

Citizens Caring for Children will be the recipient of the proceeds of this year’s ball and that nonprofit group was designated by club president Sam Jackson. Also this year, two nonprofit organizations, Transition House Inc., and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will receive gifts of $10,000 each in honor of Judy Lehmbeck, who has organized the ball for the last 28 years. Last year was her last one as ball chairman. Taking over for Lehmbeck this year is Erika Mattison. Mattison worked in corporate events for nine years and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and son.

The debutantes who will make their debuts are: Ellie Suzanne Baze, daughter of Mindy and Cory Baze; Elizabeth Catelin Beall, daughter of Apryl and Keith Beall; Langley Bennett Branan, daughter of Connell and Cliff Branan; Chloe Bea Brown, daughter of Mindy and Paul Brown and Liz Muckleroy; Natalie Margaret Chansolme, daughter of Jenny and Dave Chansolme; Claire Alexander Chesher, daughter of Mary and David Chesher; Claire Ansley Corley, daughter of Jaquita and Clint Corley; Ellen Thompson DeGiusti, daughter of Elaine and Tim DeGiusti; Madeline Lane Gee, daughter of Melanie and Mark Hanstein and the late Matthew Gee; Megan Kathleen Gold, daughter of Kathy and Mike Gold.

And Lilly Ann Hansing, daughter of Carolyn and Richard Hansing; Claire Virginia Jackson, daughter of Mary Anne and Paul Jackson; Haley Rose Karchmer, daughter of Hilary and Don Karchmer; Chandler Lynn Keller, daughter of Julie and Lance Keller; Jillian Park Kim, daughter of Christina Kim and Russell Kim; Lyvia Lee Lauderdale, daughter of Mary Jane and Mike Lauderdale; Sophia Louise McCasland, daughter of Veronica and Lance McCasland; Anna Marie Medley, daughter of Diane and Daniel Medley; Carlotta Jacqueline Maria Melton, daughter of Courtney and Tim Melton; Caroline Noel Moock, daughter of Susie and Chris Moock; Victoria Ann Murphy, daughter of Patricia and Mike Murphy; Margaret Rose Naifeh, daughter of Libby and Todd Naifeh; Ashton Riley Niemann, daughter of Gwen and Alan Niemann; Katelyn Anne Parkinson, daughter of Breena and Andrew Parkinson; Ashely Elaine Raupe, daughter of Lana Raupe and Steve Raupe; Anne Kathryn Remondino, daughter of Denise and Bob Remondino; Reina Vestina Ruffin, daughter of Manda and Mark Ruffin; Olivia Grace Utz, daughter of Jill and Todd Utz, and Anne Alley Watts, daughter of Cindy and Jeff Watts.

The Bachelors Club of Oklahoma has raised $935,000 for local charities by having the annual Christmas Ball. It was founded in 1938 by a group of young men who wanted to promote social and philanthropic and leadership endeavors in the Oklahoma City area. The debutante presentation began in 1945.

Helen Ford Wallace

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for... Read more ›