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Parties Extra!---March 6, 2008---Pi Beta Phis gather for lunch

by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: May 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm •  Published: March 6, 2008

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Lu Garrison and Katie Alexander check in women for the Pi Beta Phi luncheon “Gathering of the Angels.” ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

GATHERING OF THE ANGELS…The 12th annual Pi Beta Phi Alumnae “Gathering Of The Angels” luncheon was another huge success.

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sorority alum members and their guests had a wonderful lunch of gourmet chicken pot pie and strawberry crepes. There were beautiful table decorations of roses and decorative angel sculptures. There was a gorgeous speaker. There was an auction of fabulous prizes, and a lovely harpist playing preceding lunch.

The entire luncheon was executed in a timely manner from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. And the Pi Phis raised money for CityCare’s Whiz Kids, Celebrations and the national Pi Beta Phi literacy projects.

Carolyn Zachritz played the harp. Beautifully -decorated baskets of prizes, many of them with the angel theme, were raffled off to the crowd. Among the winners were Berta Faye Rex, Jane Harlow, Linda Kennedy Rosser, Lillie-Beth Brinkman. Kay Brezny, Nan Buxton, Lil Ross, Kendra Yandell, Melanie Hanenbaum and Renee Knox.

Miss Oklahoma 2007, Makenna Smith, also a Pi Beta Phi member, spoke about her life and pageant experiences. She was a survivor in a car collision and became an advocate for automobile safety through her program “Seat Belts Save Lives. What’s Holding You Back?”

In 2004 she launched an area safety poster contest for every school in Oklahoma and worked with Oklahoma legislators for bills strengthening penalties on drivers with improperly buckled children.

Leslie Burford was luncheon chairman.

On her committee were Annie Beecher, Hilarie Blaney, Susie Blinn, Kay Brezney, Cristi Bullard, Mary Kay Bullard, Nan Buxton, Nancy Cheek, Katie Davis, Lu Garrison, Aulena Gibson, Carol Hall, Stephanie Hansen, Tricia Harris, Joan Hess, Katie Hubbard, Betty Huckabay, Vikki Kembel, Millonn Lilly, Leslie Lynn, Sarah Lee Parrish, Ellen Lisle, Bette MacKellar, Deanna McSwain, JanEtte Oakley, Mary Ann Osko, Amy Pearsons, Dee Richardson, Linda Rodgers, Anna Rosenthal, Chop Sparks, Marissa Sublett, Kaci Trojan, Margo Ward and Carolyn Zachritz.

Among the other people at the luncheon were Karen Luke, Linda Reece, Barbara Beeler, Ann Mason, Anne Dalton, Joan Gilmore, Kris Frankfurt, Dawn Davis, Lee Sullivan, Sue Goodman, Vikki Kembell, Katie Alexander, Lu Garrison, Chelle Anderson and Amy Sergent.

Miss Oklahoma 2007, Makenna Smith, talks at the Pi Beta Phi luncheon on March 5. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Luncheon chairman Leslie Burford talks with her friend Regan Raff at the party. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Linda Reece, Sue Goodman and Bette MacKellar arrive at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Makenna Smith talks with NewsOk video host Angi Bruss. ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

Pi Phi member Kris Frankfurt welcomes Joan Gilmore and Lillie-Beth Brinkman to the luncheon. ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace.)

Vikki Kemball works at one of the tables at the Pi Phi luncheon. Her job? Collect dues from members! ( Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

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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