BIRTHDAY PARTY IS 40
Birthday party: Friends who share January birthdays met in the home Heather and Bob Ross. They have been celebrating together for 40 years. The group met in 1974 in the home of Betty Jo Law. This year the group returned to Betty Jo's former home, which is now the Ross home. The party has been hosted by many people through the years and in this year's hostess group was Lelah Craig, Ginny Greenberg, Jamie Farha, Heather Ross, Lil Ross, Molly Ross and Martha Williams. Betty Jo Law was honorary hostess.
Birthday treats: Cookies and petit fours with “40” of them were served to the guests. Rosemary Scalpone's birthday was on the day of party, so guests sang to her.
Others seen: Dannie Bea Hightower, Linda James, Susan Hoffman, Caroline Gist, Jane Crain, Sally Lamprich, Charlotte Ream Cooper, Kathy Walker, Liz Coe, Todis McDonald, Meridith Cassidy, Julie Wells, Stephanie Watts, Patty Jones, Mattie Perryman, Cynthia Meyerson, Terry Bradley, Susan Edwards, Carol Hall Gann, Brenda McDaniel, Patti Leeman, Joan Payne, Melba Rhinehart, Sandy Shapard.
HONORING SIMONE AND CARL
Party: Simone Taylor and Carl Anderson IV were honorees at a pre-wedding party in the home of Patty and Rick Ruffin. Co-hosts were Melody and Jim Brown, Janie Law, Penny and John McCaleb, Becky and David McCubbin, Claudia and Jim Robertson, the Ruffins, Jane Webb, Leanne and Keith Waddell and Tina and Glen Webster.
Food/flowers: Included on the menu was grilled shrimp, chicken and bacon-wrapped jalapenos, risotto with asparagus and saffron, green salad and heart-shaped sugar cookies with the couple's initials. Large planters of cyclamen and sweet William greeted guests as they arrived, and the buffet table was filled with red crystal vases with red roses and greenery. Hearts of red, pink and white roses on moss were framed in silver boxes.
Guests: At the party were Claire and Carl Anderson, Elaine and Christopher Anderson, Gloria Duffner, Chris Duffner, Stevie and Tom Taylor, Gayla and Gary Purdum, Elizabeth and Chris Haggard, Annie Bohanon, Henry Browne, Billy Bozalis, Brenna and Ross See. Jan and Jarrett Mankin, Beth Myers, Pat Northwood, Mary Blanton, Kathy and Hal Brown, Holly and Philip Wilson, Terri and Andy Hubbard, Ashley McCubbin and Justin Henry, Bev and George Dahnke and Daniel Reineke.
FOUNDERS DAY LUNCH
Occasion: Members of Kappa Alpha Theta alumni met for a founder's day luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Thetas honored for 75 years were Patty Jones, Genevieve McCalla and Elizabeth Milam. Fifty- year Thetas honored were Sherry Conger, Rindy Hyde, Marty McCharen, Brooke Murphy, Nancy Powell, Ann Ryan and Toni Glenn. A slideshow presentation on each honoree was shown. Yellow orchids decorated the tables.
On the committee: Committee members were Anne Looney, Barbara Thornhill, Mary Lynn West, Susan Sigmon and Judy Phillips. Phillips was in charge of the program which honored Theta-of-the-Year Kim Joseph.
Program: Active members from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University told about the year's highlights. There was also a video about the honorees and they received black and gold pansy pins. The pansy is the sorority flower.
Seen: At the luncheon were Kathy Walker, Sue Ryan, Sandy Trudgeon, Adelaide Liedtke, Betsy White, Karma Robinson, LeAnn Lienhard, Ann Caylor, Sally Blake, Ann Byrd, Martha Bradshaw, Elizabeth Prosser, Jennifer Bentley, Christen Conger, Mary Margaret Ledbetter and Claire Edelmaier.
Reception: The grand opening of the new African American Exhibit was held at the Oklahoma History Center as part of special events to celebrate Black History Month. Bruce Fisher was the master of ceremonies at the program following the VIP reception. Bob Blackburn, Gen. Tom L Daniels, Andrew Young and former Gov. David Walters were speakers.
Entertainment: Entertainment included the “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” Radio Play featuring the Loving St. James Baptist Church Praise Team. The All Funk Radio Show also performed.
Guests: About 600 people attended the reception and many of them toured the gallery.
Exhibit: The exhibit includes a reconstruction of Clara Luper's living room, a Richard Lewis Barber Shop and Soul Boutique portion, and a business sign from Walker's Hardware Furniture and Variety Store.
Event: Dinesh D'Souza was honored at a reception given by Gray Fredrickson, Denise Castelli and Carol Hefner in the beautiful Gaillardia home of Denise and Tom Castelli. D'Souza is shooting his film “America” in Oklahoma.
Party favors: Guests received autographed copies of D'Souza's last film, “Barack Obama's America: 2016.”
At the party: People at the party enjoyed a lavish buffet and candid conversation with the honoree. Those attending included Gerald Molen, Karen and Kelsey Fredrickson, John Sullivan, Joey Root, Xavier Neira, Shawnee Brittan, Joanna Champlin, Linda Haneborg, Jennifer Bullard, Don and Marsha Swift, Mark Costello, Cathy Costello, Pam Pollard, Lance McDaniel, Paul Sechrist, LeAnn Harmon, David Leader, Heather and Jeff Cline, David Hannon, Marion Paden, Mark Mann and Kathy Bentley.
What: Members of the Oklahoma Society Daughters of the American Revolution were at the state Capitol for Colonial Days with area fifth-grade history students. The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in conjunction with teachers who have participated in the Colonial Williamsburg Teaching Institute brought history to life with historical interpreters and re-enactors in costume with colonial games and activities for Living History Day.