Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 15

Leadership Oklahoma City, MAPS, OCG&CC Members Party, Soiree, Women Golfers, Engagement
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: December 14, 2013


Party: More than 250 people braved the winter storm to attend Leadership Oklahoma City's annual holiday party at Leadership Square. The party was hosted by members of the LOKC Alumni Association, presided over by Lisa Synar.

Holiday headbands: Current members of LOKC's adult classes could be identified by the bobbing snowflake headbands they wore.

Menu: Carving stations for roasted pork and turkey were set up as well as tiny desserts on high tower dishes.


Event: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber celebrated the 20th anniversary of the passing of the original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) program in 1993 with a party at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

On the program: At the party, the chamber unveiled the MAPS 20th anniversary celebration video. Speakers were former Mayor Ron Norick, known by some as “The Father of MAPS,” as he was mayor when the MAPS tax passed; former Mayor Kirk Humphreys and current Mayor Mick Cornett; Ed Barth, chairman of the original MAPS oversight committee; and Gerald Gamble, co-chairman of the original MAPS fundraising campaign.

Special appearances: The OKC Thunder Drummers, Oklahoma City jazz musician and police officer Justin Echols and the Stars Band were at the event.

Special purchase: The 2013 MAPS Christmas ornament also was available.

Looking back: MAPS was a five-year, one-cent sales tax that voters passed on Dec. 14, 1993; the tax generated more than $360 million to fund projects like improvements to the State Fairgrounds, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Civic Center Music Hall, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma River, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and a Trolley System.

Seen: At the party were Jane Jayroe Gamble and Gerald Gamble, Polly and Larry Nichols, Marnie and Clayton Taylor, Bob Funk Jr., Meg Salyer, Ed Barth and other chamber staff members and representatives.


Special night: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club members sampled the chef and culinary team's finest foods at the annual members' Christmas party.

Menu/decorations: Tables were filled with meat sliders, sushi and shrimp, duck and other game, beignets, many desserts and a wine bar and the club's famous Brandy Ices. In the ballroom were tall cylinder ice carvings hung with Christmas garlands and white and green flowers and candles were centerpieces.

Special treats: There was a jazz combo playing in one room underneath a special gazebo and a guitarist playing in another room.

Greeters: Country club executives Oliver Boudin, Linda Dowling, Carolyn Harl and Tracy Johnson greeted guests as they arrived and directed them to the food and drink tables.

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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