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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 19

Junior League 85th Anniversary Gala, Wedding Showers, Baby Shower, Ribbon Cutting Reception, Spring Picnic,
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: May 19, 2013


Gala: 400 Oklahoma City Junior League members and guests celebrated the 85th anniversary with a party at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. They recognized the past by introducing past presidents and past award winners. They recognized the present with a video about the impact the JL has had on the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. They recognized the future by presenting 85th anniversary gifts to the YWCA and Myriad Botanical Gardens. Accepting for the YWCA was Jackie Steyn and for the Myriad Gardens was Maureen Heffernan.

Co-chairmen: Sara Crooks and Katie Moore were co-chairmen of the event and committee members were Taylor Boswell, Mandi Briggs, Kristen Brown, Peggy Burris, Amna Choudry, Matilda Clements, Dana Culton, Janet Daugherty, Mary Delafield, Katherine Hager, Margaret Hoge, Ashley Jackson, Leah Jackson, Caroline Joyce, Kristi Leonard, Alexis Lux, Macey Panach, Jennifer Privett, Jenifer Randle, Cristi Reiger, Leigh Scully, Leah Sullivan, Kimberly L. Swan, Whitney Tero, Danielle Toussaint, Tracy Washam and Christi Woodworth. Cristi Reiger is league president.

Decorations/menu: Tall vases of roses and green hydrangeas decorated some of the tables and other tables had short vases filled with roses. Cloths were black and white striped. Thinly sliced beef tenderloin Carpaccio and lobster risotto fritter, white asparagus soup and an assortment of desserts of chocolate truffles, pralines, mini creme brulees, strawberry parfaits and mini cupcakes were served to the partygoers. Another group, which didn't come for dinner, arrived at 9 p.m. for the Encore Bash and dancing. Souled Out Band played.

Looking beautiful: For the formal event guests wore long and short dresses including: Karla Wallace, short rose-colored dress with rhinestone straps; Jeary Seikel, white chiffon top with gold slacks; Kay Oliver, navy blue short dress with ruffles; Cristi Reiger, navy blue floor-length dress with chiffon appliqued overlay; Becky Howell, dusty rose silk long dress; Katie Moore, sequined strapless white long dress; Adrienne Nobles, gray silk long dress; Jose Freede, white glittery pantsuit; Miki Farris, black- sequined short dress; Whitney Tero, white rose-patterned ballgown with one shoulder strap.


Cocktails/dinner: A prenuptial event honored Kelsey Quillian and Blake Renegar. Their wedding is set for July. The party was in the home of Terry and Hank Bradley. Co-hosts included Candy and Chuck Ainsworth, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Cheryl and Steve Browne, Patty and Tom Anthony, Susan and Ramsey Drake, Shirley and Pete Everest, Susan and Mike McPherson, Marty and Robert Margo, Barbara and Bill Miller, Randy Polk, Carol Solomon and Jane and Jim White.

Decorations/Dinner: The buffet table was decorated with Hawaiian grass trimmed in flowers. White twinkle lights were in backyard trees, and flowers were around the swimming pool. Tiki torches were on the front drive. Mai Tais, adorned with paper umbrellas, were created by Candy Ainsworth. Spring rolls, Polynesian ribs, crab cakes, chicken skewers and assorted dips were among the menu items.


Event: Madelyn Russell and Blake April were honored at a Mexican Fiesta dinner and wedding shower at Esperanza Club House. The engaged couple will be married in August. Both are recent University of Oklahoma graduates.

Tables/dinner: Tables were decorated with a festive Mexican theme, and a Mexican buffet dinner was served.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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