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Helen Ford Wallace; Parties, Etc.: Nov. 11

Volunteer Recognition Dinner, Birthday, Dinners, Book Reception, Halloween Party
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: November 11, 2012


Event: Ann Felton Gilliland and Robin Marsh were co-hosts for the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity 19th annual Volunteer Recognition dinner at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. It was also the group's 25th anniversary and celebration of the 700th house to be built.

People: 600 people attended the event and there were three large video screens for video presentations. This was an event to recognize all volunteers and to recognize people in various categories of volunteers.

Entertainment: Marty Summer and Glenn Sulley from the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry performed.

Honored: Jim McKay was awarded the Inspirations Award. Also honored were Aaron Bastian, CEO of Oklahoma Fidelity Bank and his staff from Wichita, Kan. BP Petroleum was the underwriter and sponsors were Hall Estill and the Aldridge Foundation.


Dinner: Five lawyers were inducted into the Order of the Owl Hall of Fame at a dinner. The event, in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, honored University of Oklahoma College of Law graduates for outstanding accomplishments in their legal careers.

Honorees: The Hon. Thomas R. Brett, James T. Comfort, William T. Comfort Jr., J. Hugh Roff Jr. and the late Alma Bell Wilson.

On the program: Law school Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. and OU President David L. Boren were speakers.

OU Chant: Corie White and the OU Law Class of 2015 led the crowd in the OU Chant.

Table manners: The menu and decor had a Mediterranean theme. Tables featured gold tablecloths and purple napkins. Flower centerpieces included plants, purple kale, curly willow, purple mist and flax leaves.


Party: Ann Alspaugh and Jim Vallion honored Dr. Ron White at a cocktail party in the Alspaugh home.

Take a bow: People at the party congratulated the well-deserving honoree for his upcoming induction in The Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Decor: For decorations, Halloween pumpkins were in place, along with colorful, talking Halloween characters.

People: Lynn White, Melissa Brown, Maggie Barrett, Katie and John James, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Ann Felton Gilliland and Bob Gilliland, Lela and Dr. Mark Sullivan, Phyllis Stough, Dolly and Dr. David Flesher, Jose Freede, Holly and Clay Healey, Ellie Roberts, Gena Vallion, Shirley Blaik, Lil and Bill Ross, Kay and Gates Oliver, Anne and Dr. Ed Dalton and Donna Vogel.


Wedding shower: Whitney Ward and Adam Rainbolt were honored at a miscellaneous shower and Mexican dinner in the home of Suzanne and Bruce Bockus.

Hosts: Beth and Leo Portman, Helen and John Huff, Jyl and Keith Calcote, Mary Kay and Bob Samis and the Bockuses.

Seen: Mary Geren, Brian Griffin, Elizabeth Geren, Chris Roberts, Kim and David Rainbolt, Gene Rainbolt, Gayla and Dan Ward, Tyler Ward, Cyndy and Bob Purgason, Karen and Jay Knapik, Lynne Henneke, Jan and Mike Peck, Collins Peck, Rita and Randy Ratcliffe, Stacy and Steve Laskey, Brooke and Teddy Tankersley, Inda and John Burchfiel, Ashleigh and Will Ahrberg, Debbie and Jeff Bolding, Rex Urice, Brooke and Ryan Storer, Mary and Mike Fitch, Travis Mason, Danny and Alison Gilbert, Jens Holmboe, Bryan Beavers, Mark Pierce, Justin Grose, Elizabeth and Hunter Hoehn and Bennett Geister.

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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