Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 9

Oscar Party, Twin Baby Shower, High Tea, Birthday Party, Dinner/Ball, Reception
By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2014


Party: Manda Ruffin celebrated her 50th birthday with friends in the Heritage Hills home of Lori and Ty Tyler. It was a surprise dinner party.

Dinner: Sam Salinas, executive chef of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, planned a six-course dinner with wine pairings.

Guests: At the party were Mark Ruffin, Scott Davis, David Leader, Lori and Brent Brewer, Anna Browning and Rick Geren. There was a children’s table and seated there were Caymus Tyler and Tyler Davis-Leader.

Roses: Long-stemmed red roses were in every room.


Event: The Winter Ball for Expeditions in Etiquette classes was held at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club. It was a formal white-tie party complete with a six-course European-style instructional dinner. Carey Sue and Ricardo Vega are in charge of the program, which includes high school students from the metropolitan and state areas. Carey Sue Vega instructed the 75 students on formal dinner etiquette and walked them through some of the challenges of navigating a formal setting. Dinner music was by harpist Jill Justice.

Ball: The dancing began at 8 p.m. Boutonnieres and corsages for the boys and girls were white orchids.

Head of the class: There were 11 high school seniors who have been with the program since fifth grade. They are Evelyn Blount, Scooby Eppler, Emily Darrow, Emily Faulkner, Catherine Harlan, Kelsey Jennings, Mary Alice Kelley, Little Martin, Dillon Noble, Maci Ratliff and Shelby Wilkinson.


Occasion: Barbara and Ralph Thompson were hosts for the reception honoring the fifth annual group of American Fellows who were selected by the Alliance Francaise to go to Chauny, France, for a two-week home stay with their French peers and conduct research on their chosen topics. They are the 2014 Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows.

Flowers/food: On the table were flowers and French and American flags, and the desserts had a French flavor.

Greeter: Karen McChesney, Alliance Francaise d’Oklahoma City president, greeted guests. She teaches French at Mustang High School and she accompanied the students to France.

Guests: At the event were students and their parents, Alliance Francaise board of directors and members, Desa Dawson, director of World Education for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Visionary Oklahoma Women members and former Franco-American Fellows. The students were Genesa Cefali, Erin Melton, Alex Meyers, Caroline Shepard, Samantha Waters, Alexa Lihyaoui.


Luncheon: The annual George Washington Luncheon was held at the Gaylord Center of Oklahoma Christian University. Members of the Oklahoma City Regent’s Council, Daughters of the American Revolution, Edmond, were hostesses.

Theme: Theme was “Military Through The Ages” and speaker was (Ret.) Col. James Wilhite who spoke on “Answering The Call.” He was instumental in setting up a military academy in Afghanistan.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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