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Helen Ford Wallace-Parties, Etc.-March 10
By Helen Ford Wallace
| Published: March 10, 2013
Dinner: 600 people attended the Oklahoma Christian University's Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner in the Gaylord University Center. It honored the 2013 inductees: Bruno Buccolo, Mike Gipson, Gabriela Lancman, Jarred Merrill, Sarah Reese and Damon Sims. The honorees received large banners with their photos and a plaque highlighting their OC accomplishments. Duplicate plaques are displayed in the Stephanie Findley Hall of Honor in OC's Payne Athletic Center.
Keynoter: Brandon Weeden, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, spoke. Weeden played for current OC baseball coach Lonny Cobble at Edmond Santa Fe High School. His brother, Ty Weeden, is on Cobble's OC staff. Brandon spent the day at OC speaking at Chapel for the student body and at a luncheon for OC athletic representatives. He also spoke to the media at a news conference that highlighted his baseball career in the New York Yankees' system, his college football career at Oklahoma State University and his rookie season with the NFL's Browns. He also discussed his foundation through Children's Hospital, which helps children with heart problems.
Event: Author Bob Burke recently was at a reception and book signing event at the University of Oklahoma Law School for his biography on the late State Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala titled, “Opala: In Faithful Service to the Law.”
The Oklahoma Heritage Foundation, the book's publisher, donated proceeds from the event to the OU Justice Marian Opala Scholarship Fund, a scholarship established by Opala before his death in 2010 to benefit law students at OU, where he taught for 46 years.