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by Helen Ford Wallace Published: February 8, 2009

→What, who: Dinner, dancing and unveiling of a Lee Allan Smith statue. Gov. Brad Henry designated Jan. 30 as Lee Allan Smith Day in Oklahoma. Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed Lee Allan Smith Day in Oklahoma City. There are two statues for the honoree: one at State Fair Park; the other at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.

→Where: Centennial Building at State Fair Park was converted into an elegant room with white leather sofas and chairs, chandeliers, tall glass centerpieces filled with yellow orchids and topped with chocolate brown lampshades. Candles and orchids were on the dinner tables.

→Giving tributes: Ed deCordova, Tom McDaniel, Clay Bennett, Mike Anderson and master of ceremonies Barry Switzer.

→Also: Tom McDaniel announced the creation of the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s Lee Allan Smith Oklahoma Legacy Award, honoring a person who exemplifies the spirit of Oklahoma’s people and promotes the community.

→Celebration: A party honored Karen Browne and Kathy Walker, two of Oklahoma City University 2009 Women of Distinction honorees.

→Hostesses: Friends of Browne and Walker who gave the party were Gene Barth, Annie Bohanon, Cheryl Browne, Ann Hoover, Sue Ann Hyde, Karen Luke, Polly Nichols, Lela Sullivan and Carol Troy in the Troy home.

→Setting: One of January’s snowy and icy days. People had been housebound several days and, although it was slick on the streets, no one missed this party that featured lovely springlike flowers of white roses, irises, tulips and hydrangeas, and the pretty honorees.

→Party: The tea honored past and present Byliner Award honorees prior to the 51st annual Byliner Awards dinner, held Feb.
by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
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...
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