Oklahoma Events! Helen Ford Wallace
HONORING MORGAN AND DAVID
Party: Morgan Clifton and David Henderson were honored at a Fiesta Wedding Shower in the backyard of Dana and Matt Price. Hosts were Terri Benear, Jessica Bevers, Melinda Cox, Terri Cummings, Libby Denner, Jill Dobbins, Susie Daugherty, Kelly Gentry, Julie Hall, Caroline Hendee, Patti Lane, Tracy Martin, Kelly McLain, Camilla Ostrowe, Dana Price and Lana Raupe. The engaged couple will be married in October in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ambience: Guests social-distanced outside, and hand sanitizer and masks were available. Individual taco dinners were served from The Big Truck Taco Truck and desserts were individually wrapped, themed sugar cookies by The Cookie Princess. The couple played The Wedding Shoe Game after dinner with family members and friends.
WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
Luncheon: Mo Anderson invited friends for a “Girls Getaway,” a destination party (unknown location for her guests) on April 15th. After months of planning, she had to cancel the event, due to the novel coronavirus. Recently Mo invited the same friends over for lunch in her Oklahoma City home and a virtual tour of “What Would Have Been.” Guests were Jane Jayroe Gamble, Nancy Ellis, Judy Love, Cathy Keating, Ann Johnstone and Kirk Hammons.
The virtual journey: A Power Point presentation showed the virtual tour beginning with a van traveling to the Marland Mansion in Ponca City. A party favor (a flower-bedecked straw cowgirl hat) was displayed. There was to be a private tour of the Mansion showing such areas not always open to the public such as The Secret Tunnel, and The Secret Poker Room. The women were also shown where they would have had lunch at the Mansion catered by TS Fork.
Next stop on the Presentation: Mo had also planned to take the ladies to Pawhuska to visit the home of Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Women. They would have had the entire Boarding House for their stay. On the screen she showed the rooms, the Boudoir Room, The Emerald Room, The Butterfly Room, The Ranch Room, The Prairie Room, The Tack Room, where they would have stayed and The Drugstore Room where they would have met for meetings. She showed them their welcome bags on the screen (and in person as she had them available for them at lunch, along with the cowgirl hat.) Many of Ree Drummond’s favorite gift items from her store made the party favor list including a floral kimono, Mercantile specialty coffee and pajamas for movie night. She showed other gifts (also given out at lunch) of a Pioneer Woman cookbook, and Ree’s favorite all -leather tote. The presentation highlighted breakfast at The Mercantile and a tour of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska, showing the church’s 22 stained glass windows. She told them about the massage they missed and about the special dinner at The Mercantile. Another planned surprise was a private performance of “The Swing Dolls, “ from California. There was a brief video from the singers. The virtual trip also showed how the women would have walked to the Constantine Theater for a short private tour and shopped in Pawhuska and had a dinner at Ree’s Pizzeria, Ptown Pizza.
Mo’s philosophy about friendship: And whether the group went in person or met virtually, Mo’s message to the group on the Presentation was the same: “May we always remember that a true friendship refreshes the soul, is a comforting smile, a familiar voice that warms the heart and gives you the freedom to be the person God intended. May we always be friends.”
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GRAND FINALE GALA
Event: The Oklahoma Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society met virtually last weekend to celebrate the Grand Finale Gala. The program featured the silent auction, Fund the Fight mission moment, and this year’s winner of the LLS Man & Woman of the Year, Dr Jordan Morton, and Chad Alexander, on Zoom. They, with 10 other candidates, raised $325,000. to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and help patients with lifesaving treatments.
Auction items: 20 items were auctioned beginning three days prior to the final event. The auction closed the evening of the Grand Finale. There were 200 people registered on the virtual site. On the program was listed a signature avocado appetizer (Avcovid-o Frites) and a signature vodka cocktail (Absolut Quarantini) that you could make at home while watching the festivities.
Other honorees: Boy & Girl of the Year were Jude Starkey and Sammy Davis.
Working out the details: Chairmen included Dr. Mucki Wright, Man & Woman fo the Year Leadership Team Chairman; Lisa Davis and Dr. Jess Armor, 2019 winners and Leadership Team members; Kristi Colclasure, Man & Woman of the Year Campaign Manager, and Kacy Lowe, Executive Director, Oklahoma Chapter LLS emcee for the evening was Jason Ledlow.