UP AND BEYOND
Event: 38th Annual Renaissance Ball.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
To benefit: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The evening: A beautiful evening created by Jim Vallion, who made this black-tie ball appear “ethereally elegant.” The theme “Heaven On Earth” was inspired by the museum's exhibit “Of Heaven and Earth: 500 years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.” A draped canopy of shimmering white gossamer-like fabric covered the entrance to the club. The table in the foyer was draped with cream-colored cloth draped in beige lace with an undercloth of white damask. Cherub epergnes holding large bouquets of mixed white and purple flowers, large candle holders and elaborately decorated pillows graced the top. Pots of lush greenery circled the table. Harpist Jill Justice added celestial music.
Guests dined at tables covered with white crushed iridescent cloths. Chairs were white cane with matching pillows. Centerpieces repeated the white and purple flowers, some in epergnes and others circled around hurricane shades. The same shimmery white cloth was repeated in hangings from the ceiling on one end of the Great Hall to hide the band. These were drawn later in the evening after the seated dinner to reveal the Groove Merchants band.
Added feature: The after-dinner portion of the evening provided an opportunity for additional ticketed guests to join the ball patrons and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and dancing.
Chairmen: Caroline and Guy Patton; Sharon and John Bozalis and Julia and Kirkland Hall were sponsorship co-chairmen. Polly and Larry Nichols were honorary chairmen.
RAISING THE BID
Event: Ace High.
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
What: Benefit dinner and auctions.
To Benefit: Proceeds benefit the cowboy museum's operations and educational programs.
The evening: Food was catered by Head County Catering of Ponca City. Bidding included a chance to be an oil baron for a day. The bid item gave the winner the chance to own the oldest working oil well in Oklahoma for a day and collect the profit from the well on that date.
A fact: To date, 11 million visitors have visited the museum.