MRS. OKLAHOMA SEND-OFF RECEPTION
Party: Friends and family members of Joy Rose Murphy gathered at IAO Gallery for a send-off party for her. She is competing in the Mrs. America 2012 contest in Tucson, Ariz., this week The event is at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
Touched with sparkle: To the reception Mrs. Oklahoma wore a Cachet sequined dress which was sponsored by Dillard's, Penn Square.
Menu: Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres prepared by Murphy's brother, Chef Jonathan Groth, were served at the cocktail party. The menu included lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, beef tenderloin and Portobello mushrooms, watermelon, ahi tuna and jalapeno skewers and crab wontons.
Highlights: Party centerpieces provided guests with a photo card of Mrs. Oklahoma to be autographed during the event. Her crown and sash were on display as well as her outfits for the evening gown and interview competitions for the pageant. Also on display was the hawk costume that she will wear to represent Oklahoma.
There she is: When she went to the stage the honoree thanked her friends and family for their help and then introduced the evening's entertainment.
Entertainment: There was a special performance by Lola & Sparkle, a musical comedy act.
Meeting and greeting: At the party were her daughter, Noelle Kathleen Murphy; her parents, Louise and John Groth, who helped plan the party; Mrs. Oklahoma 2004 Lanae Pierce; Mrs. Oklahoma 2009 Heather Rouba; Mrs. Oklahoma 2010 Alyssa Siler; and Scott Wells, president and general manager of Remington Park.
Dinner: Lucy Beeler celebrated her 90th birthday all day recently. Her children, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Diana and Jeff Beeler and Kay Blake entertained family members at dinner in the Wine Room of the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, and a birthday party was held in her honor at Canterbury Living Center.
Flowers: Several bouquets of roses and daisies decorated the Wine Room and the honoree wore a yellow rose corsage.
HONORING JULIE AND EVAN
Shower: A wedding shower for Julie Ruffin and Evan DeWalt was held at JRB Art at the Elms. The engaged couple will be married in October.
Framed: As the location was at the art gallery with pictures of the couple, the theme was “Julie and Evan, A Picture Perfect Couple.” Guests had their photos taken framed by an empty picture frame.
Special touches: A string quartet greeted guests at the art gallery entrance. Pink and orange flowers, pink and orange napkins, pink and orange beverage containers added to the décor and the bride-to-be wore a pink and orange dress.
Hosts: Janie and Bob Carter, Vicki and Jim Connelly, Gina and Jerry Ellis, Joanie and Blair Holmboe, Kathy and Fred Kempf, Jenne and Curt Knudsen, Teresa and Tom Leutkemeyer, Penny and John McCaleb, Suzy and Paul Merritt, Manda and Mark Ruffin, Jane and Rick Ronck, Carole and Frank Thompson and Leanne and Keith Waddell.
Seen: Drew DeWalt, Barbara and Steve Young, Jane and Mike Webb, Judy and Bob Neville, Andie and Rusty Caston, Jana and Davie Herritt and Joe Ruffin.
HONORING LAURA AND STUART
What: An engagement party was held honoring Laura Lester and Stuart Haggard. They will have a spring wedding.
Who/where: Hosts were his parents, Stacey and Chris Haggard, in their home.
Who else: Party guests included family members and close friends including Linda and Boyd Lester, Jennifer Garey, Elizabeth and Christopher Haggard, Nicholas Haggard, Tyler Morey, Jessica Brown, Robbie Haggard, Crosby Dyke, Shelly Quimby and Lynn Quimby.