Party/place: Integris Health's R. Murali Krishna, M.D., his wife, Sam, and Bruce and Donna Lawrence hosted a welcome reception for Molly Ross, recently named executive director of the Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. The event was held in the Krishna's home with catered Indian food and live entertainment.
Cause to celebrate: The gracious and beautiful honoree thanked guests for attending and shared with the group her ideas around expanding the Mind/Body Therapies Center to include massage and acupuncture and continue with the current services of healing touch, children's yoga and the annual speakers brought to Oklahoma City and the Crowe and Dunlevy Library.
The finale: Kelly Dyer Fry, editor/vice president of news, The Oklahoman; Krishna; state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commissioner Terri White; and local attorney Reggie Whitten announced they are exploring a project to build a metro center for emotional wellness and substance abuse treatment. Fry said she hopes “the Oklahoma Standard can be something we do every day for every Oklahoman because there is an addiction tornado that is devastating our homes and families.”
The crowd: At the event were Nancy and Tim Johnsen, Avilla Williams, Ann Felton and Bob Gilliland, Lil and Bill Ross, Becky and Alan Roten, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Patti and Dr. Mark Mellow, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Terry L. Cline, White, Reggie Whitten, Polly Nichols, Kathy Walker, Jane and David Thompson, Barbara Thompson, Mary and Jim Richard, Anne and Barry Gray, Marshall Snipes, Joan Frates, Sarah Yoakam, Annie Bohanon, Anne and Dick Workman, Phyllis and Roger Strong, Carol and Sam Gann, Paula Love, Erin Fitzgerald, Sandy and Art Cotton, Grace and Patrick Ryan, Whitney and David Hooten, Debby and Michael Hampton, Randy Stafford, Katherine and Jim Buxton, Lynn Hardin and Joan and Coler Yoakam.
Event: Kylie Beal and David Gutzman were honorees at a tabletop couple's shower and dinner buffet in the home of Cindy and Jim Hazelwood. Co-hosts were Diane and Dr. Bob Cooke, Kim and Brooke Harry, Barbara and Abraham Essaili, Adelaide and Bill Liedtke and Cindi and Mike Shelby. They gave the couple a Mary Jurek Design vase filled with flowers.
Ambience: Coloful paper lanterns hung on tree branches and paper Mexican banners with the bride and groom's names created by Erin Hazelwood decorated the outdoor fireplace mantle, along with a lighted state of Texas wall hanging, a gift to the couple from her parents, Tina and Elby Beal. Greg Northwood played the guitar.
Menu: Mexican street tacos were served with Mexican beer, frozen margaritas in mason jars, chocolate and white Texas sheet cakes and chocolate hazelnut macaroons from EE Macaroons.
Guests: Bette Jo and Frank Hill, Penny and John McCaleb, Vicki and Jim English, Kathy and Hal Brown, Wendy Simpson, Mary and Bill Price, Eileen Everett, Sody and Robert Clements, Pat Gallagher, Doug Parr, Julie and Brian Tibbs, Tina and Elby Beal, Rev. Patrick Bright, Debbie Konieczny and The Rt. Rev. Edward Konieczny, Dennis Gutzman, Mary Fleske, Chris Beal, Barbie and John Moon, Diana and Steve Fleske, Amanda Essaili and Stacey and Mark Tayar.
Wedding: The couple plans to be married in August in Park City, Utah.
SHOWER FOR JENNIFER
Occasion: A group of Casady School mothers from the Class of 2000 who are in a birthday club entertained at a garden dinner and wedding shower for Jennifer Schopflin Brown, who married Cooper Brown in March. The party was in the home of Marilyn and Bud Meade. Cooper Brown's mother, Beccy Fike, is a member of the group.
Hostesses: In the hostess group were Marilyn Meade, Jill Adler, Kathy Alexander, Tina Beal, Saundra Farha, Linda Garrett, Millie Hightower, Patsy Homsey, Lexy Huffman, Betsy Hyde, Betty Kay Karim, Bonnie Naifeh, Leslie Regens, Leslie Samara and Shelley Swisher. They gave the honoree a crystal compote.
Seen: Among those at the party were Fike, Paula Schopflin, Chris Harrison, Carol Ricks, Annie Brown, Kristi Leonard, Elizabeth Haggard and Nicole Tobin.
Dinner: Darlene and Larry Parman and Cindy and Bob Barnard were hosts for a dinner that Myra and Lew Ward purchased at the Alzheimer Association Memory Gala in April. Held in the Parman home, the event featured Barry Switzer and Pat Jones who entertained the Ward's guests with stories about their years of coaching football.
Decor: Vases of orange and red gladiolas filled the home representing both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
Menu: Shrimp, tenderloin of beef, risotto and lemon raspberry cake from Ned's Catering.
Special treat: The Wards gave the hosts and special guests bottles of wine from their daughter and son-in-law's vineyard “Hidden Range” in Sonoma County.
Meeting and greeting: Shirley Blaik, Carole Drake, J.B. Baker, Barbara and Gunnar Anderson, Kay and Dan Dillingham, Suzy and Lew Meibergen, Lee Allen Smith, Scott Parman, D'Arline McCubbin, Sandy and Stewart Meyers and Lee Thompson.
LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE
Luncheon: A “Live, Laugh, Love”-themed ladies luncheon was held recently at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club during the Mid-Continent Oilmen's Golf Tournament. It featured an Italian bistro decor with black and white tablecloths and wine bottle candelabras and potted herbs. Red and black balloons floated on the ceiling.
Drinks/food: Champagne cocktails were served and lunch was a pasta salad with chicken with Italian cream cake for dessert.
Entertainment: A “Jeans 101” fashion show from Liberte on Classen Curve was held and the ladies were entertained by comedian Dewey Been Jr.
Who/what/where: Family members of H. Rozelia Tankersley Richardson and Luther Richardson, who died in 2006 and 2007 and who had been married for 62 years, met in Oklahoma City for a family reunion. The festivities started with a joint birthday celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. A banquet was held at the Crossings Church Pavilion.
Why: The eight sisters and brothers promised their parents they would get together each year and they have honored those wishes at various venues in the United States.
How: A special feature of the reunion was a Shakespearean play directed by Carmen L. Shippy. A 45-minute version of “The Merchant of Venice” was staged for the grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews. “We wanted them to do more at this reunion than just play and sit around in hopes this would encourage them to do more with their lives and start at an early age to learn to present themselves properly,” Shippy said.
ART OF CRUISING
Special event: The Art on Royal program of the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships featured Oklahoma City's Desmond Mason as one of four invited artists on the “Mariner of the Sea” cruise ship. He and his wife, Andrea Mason, went on the 10-day cruise from Singapore to Saigon, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, ending in Shanghai, China. Desmond brought several pieces of art with him. Oklahoma City residents were also on the cruise.