PARTY FOR LEIGH AND NICK
Party: A cocktail reception honored Leigh Hefner and Nick Bentley at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Guests wore cocktail attire and danced to Dave and the Wavetones. The couple were married in a small family wedding at St. Edward the Confessor Chapel at Casady School, which they both attended.
Theme: The country club was decorated in a wintry forest theme with white flowers and glittering branches and with the tables holding twig and moss nests with bird eggs signifying “New Beginnings.”
Leigh: She wore a strapless champagne gold dress with a flared tulle skirt.
Special touch: Nick surprised Leigh with a special song during the party.
Mr. and Mrs. Bentley: They will live in Oklahoma City where both are involved with their family businesses.
THE BRITISH WERE HERE
Dinner: Anna Somers Cocks and Desmond Shawe-Taylor, two members of the London art community, were in town recently as part of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center lecture series. They talked in the Chesapeake Blue Room and were entertained afterward at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club at a dinner given by Mary Ann Prior and Ghislain d'Humieres. Shawe-Taylor is Collection Manager for H M Queen Elizabeth II and Cocks is founding editor and CEO of The Art Newspaper.
Other activities: The honorees visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum in Norman. They went to the Philbrook and the Gilcrease Museums in Tulsa, spent the night at the Price Tower in Bartlesville and visited the Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Ark.
HONORING LESLIE AND DUSTIN
Occasion: A party honored Leslie Fretwell and Dustin Hester, who plan to be married in April. Hosts were Pam and Bill Shdeed, Lynn and Dr. Ron White, Phyllis Stough, Lois and Dr. John Salmeron, Ellie Roberts and Marilyn Smotherman in the Shdeed home. The women are in a Friday Lunch Bunch with Leslie's mother, Barbara Fretwell.
Guests: Among the guests were Ann and Howard Hopps, BJ and Randy Von Netzer, Susie and Chip Morgan, Debby and Paul Dudman, Anne and Ed Dalton, Leon Hester, David Fretwell.
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.