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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Nov. 25

Birthday Dinner, Awards Luncheon, Foundation Dinner, Training Session, 40th Anniversary, Book Signing
by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: November 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm •  Published: November 25, 2012

Menu: Chicken lettuce wraps, tomato, basil, mozzarella skewers, chicken pasta with pesto sauce, pine nuts and Brie in phyllo puffs were served. Information booklets were given to the guests.

More fun: A Mackenzie Child's platter and Ina Garten cookbook were raffle items, and Linda Garrett was the winner.

Seen: Betty Jane Garrett, Linda Slawson, Valerie Aubert, Cristi Reiger, Kristen Brown, Betsy Mantor, Kristi Leonard and Wenda Mounger.


Reception: Youth Services for Oklahoma County (YSOC) celebrated 40 years of “Changing Young Lives” at a “Where Were You in '72” reception at the agency's Family Junction Youth Shelter. YSOC provides counseling and behavioral and educational programs for children and families in Oklahoma County.

Short Program: YSOC CEO Debbie Forshee welcomed guests and Betsy Mantor, YSOC's vice chairman of the board of trustees, spoke briefly about the agency's work.

Seen: State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn and several of the YSOC's current and former board members were at the party. There were also community leaders, program graduates and YSOC staff members.


Book signing/reception: Judy Savage and her pet therapy dog, both Mercy Hospital volunteers, were honored at a book signing party set up in front of Mercy's gift shop in the lobby of Mercy Hospital. Judy has written her first book called “Rossi the Approval Poodle,” which gives five rules for living a happier and healthier life.

Prints charming: The book was autographed by Judy and then given Rossi's paw print stamp of approval. Rossi, a black standard poodle with bouffant hair, accompanied Judy to the party.

Giving back: Proceeds from the book sale will benefit children-related projects at Mercy Hospital. The book is a self-improvement book for children and depicts pictures of the poodle interacting with people throughout it.

More signings: Judy and Rossi also will be at book signings at Full Circle Book Store, Keedo's Children's Store, Integris Baptist Medical Center and BC Clark Penn Square.


Event: Members of the Oklahoma Art League met at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to present to the museum the painting by early Oklahoma artist Nellie Shepherd. The gift was made possible by a donation from the club's projects fund, contributions from individual OAL members and assistance from Joy Reed Belt. It was the 95th painting given to the museum since the group was founded.

Tour: Club members toured the current collection of the American Moderns exhibit following the meeting.

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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