A HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
Dinner: In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Jan and Richard Smith were honored at a dinner by their three sons and daughters-in-law. Hosts were Melissa and Preston Smith, Aubri and Spencer Smith and Casey and Martin Smith.
The buzz: A gold and white theme was used with gold overlay tablecloths, white china, gold chargers and gold-rimmed wine glasses. White hydrangeas, peonies and calla lilies were the centerpieces. Guests wrote their favorite Bible verse on decorated sheets of paper which were put in a new Bible, then presented by the hosts. Different stages of their lives together were represented by displays of Richard's original M.D. bag and brain model, ostrich eggs, a glider airplane, teatime with the grandchildren, motorcycle, Czech cut-glass perfume bottle collection, violin, banjo and oil paintings.
Video: A running video of pictures from 50 years was shown to the 180 guests.
Music: Kyle Dillingham played the fiddle for the couple and then his band, Horseshoe Road, played the rest of the evening.
Testimony: After toasts and introductions, Jan and Richard spoke of the secret to their marriage: “A marriage united and built around God's love, open honest communication, holding hands, saying I love you and being kind to each other.”
Menu: Prime rib, crab cakes, a whipped potato bar as well as wedding cake were served. Guests took home gold M&Ms with the Smiths' names on them.
The next day: The Smiths entertained 40 out-of-town guests and relatives for brunch.
Seen: Kay and Gates Oliver, Sharon and John Bozalis, Mary and Gary England, Kay and Mike Smith, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Sherry and Gary Strebel, Cheryl and Tom Hewett, Andrea and Johnnie Jones, Anne and Barry Gray, Jody and Larry Kerr, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Betty and Hershal Crow, Clara and Chuck Engles, Sandra and Emory Reynolds, Elizabeth and Stan Alexander, Sandy and Bob Reichert, Deb and Mark Johnson, Judie and Brad Duncan, Jerry Johnson, Dianne and Gerald Smith, Marian and Jeff Jacobson.
Event: Susan and Peter Hoffman were hosts for a dinner party in their home for the Prix de West artists and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum board members. The dinner followed the Prix de West Preview Party.
Party-goers: Guests included Jeanetta and Everett Dobson, Cathy and Frank Keating, Larry Nichols, Chris and Whitt Lee, Kathi and Chuck Schroeder, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, Alison and Scott Calhoun, Russell Case, Len Chmiel, Jeremy Lipking, Josh Elliott and Sherrie McGraw.
HONORING YVONNE KAUGER
Dedication/reception: Bobbie Burbridge Lane donated a life-sized marble statue of the biblical “Ruth” by R. Romanelli Fiernze, 1911, to Oklahoma City University. It was from the Burbridge Foundation's Collection of Art and the plaque read, “In honor of Mrs. Lane's best friend/sister of 50 years, Justice Yvonne Kauger.” “I am giving the art to OCU to honor people for their help, strength, courage, influence, teaching ... but mainly unconditional love, which has made it possible for me to do in my life what I feel God has asked me to do.” Lane honored Kauger because of her help with projects such as Lane's work with families and divorce, drugs, pornography and feeding and re-energizing seniors with the Senior Follies and Mobile Meals. “I am as sure as I possibly can be that, the unconditional love and the strength of her standing by my side, has been paramount all these years of accomplishing my projects. She put a steel shaft up my back when I needed it,” Lane said. Sixty friends gathered to hear about the honor. Mike Anderson gave the history of Ruth.
Surprising Bobbie: Robert Henry was master of ceremonies for the dedication and following the presentation surprised Bobbie by conferring on her an OCU Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, complete with cap and gown.
BOOMERANG AWARDS DINNER
Clubhouse: Members and guests at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Boomerang Golf Tournament celebrated their “birdies and eagles” at a dinner where winners were introduced.
Nineteenth hole: Guests were greeted with “Boomerang” cocktails with illuminated ice cubes.
Shotgun start: The menu featured a beautiful strawberry and white asparagus salad with strawberry sorbet; the entree was filet of beef with spring vegetables and potato puree and garlic crisp. For dessert there was a chocolate ganache bar with fleur de sal and vanilla lime mascarpone cream.
Summer rules: Black chandeliers hung above the tables and black and silver linens were used on the tables along with glass chargers.
Playing through: As dessert was served, the Jam Wow Band played an upbeat dance set and light show.
Great swings: Winners of their particular flights were Cooper Johnson and Paul Brunner, Oakmont flight; J.P. Dick and David Bohnert, Merion flight; Nick Bentley and Trey Homsey, Muirfield Village flight; Jon Virostek and Steve Oden, Pine Valley flight; Steve Raupe and Kelly Milller, August National flight; Michael O'Neil and Daniel O'Neil, Pebble Beach flight; Robert Northwood and David Cherry, Crystal Downs flight; Shea Samara and Mike Holzer, Prairie Dunes flight; Michael Nichols and Court Roueche, Shinnecock Hills flight; Todd Currie and Grant Stewart, Seminole flight; Don Haskins and Will Farmer, Cypress Point flight; Cary Amundsen and Mark Hagan, Medinah flight; Paul Kloberdanz and Jeff Ringwald, Fisher's Island flight; Carl Milam and Kurt Fleischfresser, Winged Foot flight; Mike Biddinger and Brad Krieger, Sand Hills flight; Calvin Turner and Jimmy Melton, Pacific Dunes flight; Brandt Vawter and Matt Whitaker, Oakland Hills flight.
Party: A kitchen and recipe shower honored bride-to-be Alexis Hefner. Hostesses were Beckie Potts, Andrea Ethington Jones and Lisa Munz.
Gifts/guests: Among the gifts were china, crystal and service pieces and recipes from guests who included Nora Sams, Maria Wallace, Betsy Felton, Sue Homsey, Fran Troiani, Pat Broadfoot, Olivia Jones, Joan White, Tracy McFall, Robyn Martin, Victoria Woods, Kellie Hefner, Brooke Sanderson, Susan Burckart, Julie Solheim, Ciara Munz, Kylie Munz, Mia Solheim, Iman Berglan, Lynn Coury and Gabrielle Hefner.
Wedding: Alexis Hefner and Blake Burckart will be married in July.
COCKTAILS ON THE ROOF
Occasion: During the 2013 deadCenter Film Festival, the opening party was at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. “Cocktails on the Rooftop” was sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation. Guests to the film festival enjoyed live music and mingled with the filmmakers.
Event: Ben Dodson was host at Dodson Galleries for the artist's reception featuring several small works by artists from the 2013 Prix de West Invitational.
Party: Junior League members met recently for a reception honoring two community groups that are recipients of the 85th year anniversary gifts from the League. Representatives from the Myriad Botanical Garden Foundation and the YWCA were on hand for the presentation.