Luncheon: Members of the Annie Oakley Society and guests met at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for a luncheon and to honor Nadia Comaneci with the Annie Oakley Society Award.
Society's mission: “To honor and raise awareness of outstanding women in all walks of life who exemplify the character, perseverance and moral fiber in the tradition of Annie Oakley.”
A word from the honoree: Nadia, a former Olympic gold medalist gymnast who earned the first perfect 10 ever, international philanthropist, and first athlete to win this award, noted in her remarks, “I finally found the bull's eye of success in pursuing my passion. Annie Oakley defied the norms of the day and followed her passion” and “My life story is a lot like hers (Annie Oakley). No one knew her life was about to make history.”
Code of the West: Cathy Keating and Lynn Friess, society chairman and co-chairman, gave a tip of the cowboy hat to their luncheon sponsors. Luncheon Chairman Judy J. Hatfield presented Nadia with her award. The printed program ended with “Until Next Year ... Aim High.” The consensus of the program speakers was that “we must continue the code of the West in the hearts of young people.” Entertainment was by young dancers from Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.
Latest buzz: Chuck Schroeder gave the crowd an enthusiastic update about the museum's master plan.
The scene: Burlap cloths and hot pink chargers and napkins tied with a strand of pearls were on the tables. Centerpieces were tall silver vases filled with roses, peonies and tulips. At each end of the room was a sagebrush bush tree with ribbons holding flowers, flower vases with peonies, tulips, anemones and bows.
Takeaway treats: Western bandana-style handkerchiefs were given to the guests.
Seen: Bart Conner, LaDonna Meinders, Tricia Everest, Jo Carol Cameron, Judy Love, Terri Cooper, Kris Frankfurt, Sally Starling, Polly Nichols, Karen Browne, Barbara Brou, Lela Sullivan, Susan Hoffman, Sue Ann Hyde, Barbara Durrett, Brenda McDaniel, Michael Meyers and Jo Rowan were at the event.
BRING A BOOK/BEST WISHES
Occasion: Martha Burger honored Lisa Putt at a brunch. The honoree recently retired from the Willis Group, a local consulting firm.
Gifts: Guests brought books and best wishes for Lisa.
Menu: The hostess served fruit, egg casserole, quiche, cinnamon rolls and cookies.
Party-goers: Melissa Cory, Meg Salyer, Lisa Boevers, Kathy Haney, Kelly Dyer Fry, Linda Kissler, Debby Hampton, Barb Crandall and Barb Denny.
FOR THE WOMEN
Event: While the men were playing golf in the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club 2013 Boomerang Member-Guest Tournament, the women had a Friday luncheon in the home of Leigh Ann and Paul Albers.
Other events: For 100 club members and 100 guests, there was a party on the golf plaza, a Thursday pool party with a beach ball theme, the Friday luncheon featuring a cooking class with pastry chef Toni Gullet and the Saturday event featured an all-black-and-silver theme with the Jam Wows Band.
Party: The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club pool party during the Boomerang Member-Guest Tournament featured a beach ball theme.
FOR THE PATRONS
Party: The deadCenter Film Festival Patron Party was held at Vast Restaurant in the Devon Tower. Three hundred people attended including sponsors, volunteers and filmmakers.
Decor: Party decor featured London in the 1960s and it was the setting for the Festival's Kickoff film, “The Rolling Stones-Charlie Is My Darling.” Guests presented their Pan Am plane ticket at the check in desk and a “lips” sofa and vintage poster of the Rolling Stones in the entryway greeted them. One room was decorated with an enormous Union Jack flag light board, a London telephone booth and photo booth. In the main party room, banners of English flags hung from the ceiling and full-size flags decorated the cocktail tables.
Very British: In the “English Tea Room” section, vintage English tea tins and memorabilia were set around. English tea sandwiches, scones and other traditional English treats were served. Waiters passed fish (ceviche on a spoon) and chips (cones of french fries). Signature drink was the “Satisfaction Fizz.”
Go-go's: The Thunder Girls were go-go dancers and danced to '60s music on platforms. Guests wore 1960s styles.
Prix de West Brunch
Event: The ninth annual Prix de West Brunch at JRB Art at the Elms honored sculptor Shirley Thomson-Smith. Joy Reed Belt was the hostess.
Decor: Colorful paintings were hung throughout the gallery, and hydrangeas and sunflowers, peonies and roses decorated the room.
Menu: Ham croissants, egg casserole, sausage, bacon, potato fries, fruits and cheese and pound cake was served for brunch, along with mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Seen: Steve Smith, Pat and Jay Edwards, Kent Frates, Laurie and Jim Keffer, Shirley Thomson-Smith, Meg Salyer, Dana and Randall Shadid, Betty Crow, Kaye Adams, Judy Kelley, Carolyn Stuart.
Reception: Members of the Ballet Oklahoma board or directors and honorary board members met at Deep Fork Grill following a board meeting to welcome new executive director Shane Jewell.
Seen: Nancy Hyde, Diana Hampton, Phil Clayton, Scott Davis, Sandra Kirk, Lea Morgan, Jeanette Elliott were among the people at the party.
URBAN PIONEER AWARD
Occasion: The 16th Street Plaza District Association members honored Chip Fudge at a luncheon at Oklahoma City University. He was the recipient of the 2013 Urban Pioneer Award for adding Film Row to historic preservation sites in Oklahoma.
Previous honorees: This is the ninth year for the award. Honorees have been Tom McDaniel, Lou Kerr, Meg Salyer, Mark Funke, Mike Turpen, Ann Simank, Steve Mason, Bill and Bob Ross and Wayne and Michelle Coyne. Kristen Vails is executive director of the 16th Street Plaza District Association.
Seen: Shannon, Elizabeth, Taylor and Jo Fudge and Walker Milligan were at the event. Jim Roth was master of ceremonies and Bob Blackburn presented Chip Fudge with a plaque. Also attending were executives and employees from Chip's company, Claims Management Resources. Blackburn noted in a press release in part that “through his entrepreneurial efforts, Chip Fudge has added Film Row to the string of historic preservation milestones in Oklahoma City history. The impact of his vision and commitment has already made a difference in the life of his hometown.”