Peggy Gandy: Social Scene

Awards Dinner, Heart Ball,
By Peggy Gandy Published: March 4, 2012


Event: Awards of Excellence.

Presented by: The Societies of Oklahoma City University.

Venue: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

Honorees: Tricia Everest was awarded the Oklahoma City University Distinguished Philanthropist Award, which was presented by OCU President Robert Henry. Linda Rodgers, Jane Thompson and Connell Sullivan Branan also received awards. Short videos were shown about each of these outstanding women, who have made a significant contribution to the community through their volunteer efforts. Lisa Reagan Love was master of ceremonies. Societies President Cathy Leichter extended the welcome.

Entertainment: This 23rd annual event was celebrated with an outstanding display of fancy footwork by the American Spirit Dance Company. Directed by Jo Rowan, the talented dance group has received national recognition.

Chairmen: Linda Garrett and Karen Browne were co-chairmen.


What: Annual Heart Ball.

Hosted by: American Heart Association.

Presenting sponsor: Chickasaw Nation.

Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Event co-chairmen: Mark and Barb Grimes.

Decor: Dubbed “Treasures of the Heart,” the evening had a whimsical Treasure Island theme.

Of note: A class of 69 sweethearts was presented by their fathers. Last year's sweethearts numbered 41. Sweethearts are high school girls who participate in educational and social programs and activities. Since the first ball, more than $10 million has been raised.


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