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Larry T. Byrd Gordon’s Band plays as First Ladies Gather for Gala

by Helen Ford Wallace Published: March 30, 2009
A BEAUTIFUL PARTY
Gov. Brad Henry and his wife, Kim Henry, were at the formal dinner dance at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

The 450 guests at the 2009 First Ladies Gala loved seeing all the hostesses enter the party at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

The women, Kim Henry, Cathy Keating, Rhonda Walters, Donna Nigh and Molly Boren, looked beautiful in their formal dresses. They were introduced prior to dinner and took their seats at tables which had  veritable flower gardens decorating them.

The gourmet dinner, catered by 61 Hundred Catering, featured a grilled beef tenderloin and a candy striped marlin with appropriate sauces.  There was a three course dessert of strawberry stuffed with a cream cheese mousse, lemon tart and berries and chocolate cake.

Judge Robert Henry introduced board members.

After dinner the Oklahoma City University Spirit Dances, dressed in lab coats and safety glasses, passed out 3-D glasses to everyone. Then the guests took a five minute virtual tour of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s past, present and future.

The video, which included a trip through blood vessels in 3-D, culminated in a fly-around of OMRF’s soon to be built new research tower.

Then the First Ladies and their husbands hit the dance floor for the first dance. Larry T. Byrd Gordon’s Band played.

Proceeds from the party will benefit OMRF.

One of the table centerpieces at the First Ladies Gala.

Adam Cohen, Lisa Day and Mike Fina were at the party.


Malinda Berry Fischer and George Lang.

Norris and Betty Price arrive at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.


Pictures of the First Ladies, including this one of Molly Boren,  decorated the hallway.

Before dinner, Barry Switzer’s pocket television had a few viewers gathered around as OU Men’s basketball was playing.

Peggy Gandy and David Tarpenning were at the event.
Lee Allan Smith and James Pickel were at the party.


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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