What/where/who: The Catholic Charities Centennial Appreciation Dinner was held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. The event paid tribute to Catholic Charities' 100 years of service in Oklahoma. Donors, volunteers, staff members, priests, nuns and deacons of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City attended. Archbishop Paul Coakley and the board of directors at Catholic Charities were hosts.
Program: Cardinal Roger Mahony was keynote speaker. Also on the program were Archbishop Coakley, Tim O'Connor and Patrick Raglow. Master of ceremonies was the Rev. Donald J. Wolf. There was a video and presentation of centennial history.
Guests: Among the 260 guests were Judy and Tom Love, Barbara and Paul Brou, Sarah and Chuck Wade, Patricia and Michael Milligan, Molly and Richard Bernard, Rhonda and Michael Carretero, Abe Castillo, Maria and Ron Wallace and the Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen.
Planning committee: the Rev. Eusebius J. Beltran, the Rev. Stephen J. Bird, Barbara Brou, Jennifer Dennis-Smith, Debbie Espinosa, Paula Hearn, Judy Love, Thomas Phan, Barney Semtner, Maria Wallace.
TWICE THE FUN
Book shower: Ella Lee and Spencer Cryder, twin daughters of Liza and Sterling Cryder, were honored at a book shower.
Hostesses: Carol Troy, Ann Gilliland, Ann Alspaugh, Leslie Wileman Fitch and Kathy Walker were hostesses in the Troy home.
Repeat: When mother Liza, daughter of Cheryl and Steve Browne, was born, a book shower was given in her honor by some of the same hostesses at the Troy home.
Best dressed: The twins wore pink smocked dresses and bonnets to greet the guests.
Table: The dining room table was decorated with Gerber daisies and Eloise and Madeline dolls and books which were gifts from the hostesses.
Gifts: Books from guests included “Good Night Moon,” “The Pokey Little Puppy” and an entire set of Peter Rabbit and various pop-up books.
Seen: Barbara Quillian, Kaye Cook, Shari Buxton, Libby Steakley, Dee Colley, Kristine Browne, Lauren Anthony, Sue Ann Hyde, Holly Healey, D'Arline McCubbin and Karen Browne.
Party: William Yeoward, of London, was at Bebe's in Nichols Hills Plaza to sign his new book, “American Bar,” which features his new line of American bar glassware. He signed books with very clever messages throughout the afternoon and he also signed books during the early evening when cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served. He also signed Yeoward hand-cut crystal pieces that customers had purchased.
Seen: Patricia Edwards, Susan and Ramsey Drake, Leslie Samara, Barbara Beeler, Sue Homsey, Judy Ferguson, Stephanie Watts, Kathy and Hal Brown, Theresa Stringer, Gayla Stapleton and Kathy Griffin.
PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL DINNER
Inaugural dinner: Kraettli Epperson, the 97th president of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, and his wife, Kay, were honored at a dinner at the downtown Petroleum Club. Kyle McLain was host and master of ceremonies.
Formal honors: The symbol of power, the Big Stick, was passed to the new president. Speaker and former club President Fletcher Williams performed the honor. The Big Stick, originally an ax handle, has carved and stamped names of the club presidents since 1918. It has been extended in size and looks like an oar.
Occasion: Artist Denise Duong was at the JRB Art at the Elms Gallery where her artwork, themed “Hello Goodbye,” was shown. It is a three-part series of paintings telling the story of an imaginary couple who could have migrated to California in search of fame and fortune.
Seen: Betsy Hyde, Nick Berry, Kelly Pearson, Robin Nauman, Beth Hammack, Rick Krause, Elaine and Frank Parker, Julie and Greg Johnson, Jeary and Mike Seikel, Thomas Batista, Helen and Pat Dailey, Amy Young, Bonnie and Bert Seabourn and Laurie and Jim Keffer.
Event: Members of the Studio Gallery had a fall art exhibition at the gallery. Artists are Joelene Barber, Sally Burpee, Anne Dalton, Beth Hammack, Bette Jo Hill, Dodge Hill, Alice Jay, Nancy Junkin, Phebe Kallstrom, Claire Kennedy, Virginia Lynn, Susan McPherson, Dana Powell, Lacy Saak, Mary Lee Smiser, Kay Smith and Jane White. They showed their original art in oil, acrylic, Oriental brush stroke, watercolor and photography.
Guest artist: Linda Warren showed her clay figures.
Reception: Students from several Oklahoma City public schools had “Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead” artwork on exhibit at the Gold Dome on 23rd and Classen Blvd. and a reception was held following the exhibit. The schools represented were Cleveland, Coolidge, Stand Waite, Prairie Queen, Southern Hills, Pierce, Hayes, Taft, Jackson, Southeast, Britton, Capitol Hill High School, Classen SAS, C Chavez, Fillmore, Heronville, Kaiser, Lee Parks, Sequoyah and Van Buren.
Other artwork: A “Day of the Dead” exhibit is also hanging at the Oklahoma Museum of Art and it will be in place until Nov. 30. Schools represented there are Britton, Capitol Hill High School, Classen SAS, C Chavez, Fillmore, Heronville, Kaiser, Lee, Parks, Van Buren.