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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Oct. 14

Cocktail Party, Salmon Bake, Pathmaker Awards Luncheon, VIP Reception,
by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: October 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012


Party: Len Casteel was honored at a retirement cocktail reception at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. He was the golf pro for many years and is retiring after 37 years at the country club. The event was attended by 250 members.

Speakers: Several people, including John W. Coyle, Bud Beeler, Drew Neville, Mike Kelly, Chuck Ainsworth and Patty Casteel talked about the honoree.

Gift: He was presented an honorary membership to the country club.

Menu: A golf-themed chocolate sheet cake was on the menu, along with roasted turkey, dijon beef, coconut shrimp and vegetable spring rolls.


What/where: Gaillardia Golf & Country Club Executive Chef Brett Mashore cooked whole king salmon on cedar planks over an open charcoal pit as well as strip loin, pork loin, strip steaks, corn on the cob, grilled asparagus, roasted new potatoes recently at a special event at Gaillardia.

Theme: There was a beach theme for the 200 guests, complete with gas lanterns, sand, fishermen nets, seashells and candles. The party was held indoors in the ballroom and outdoors on the lawn and around the fire pit. This was the fifth year Gaillardia has hosted the Salmon Bake.

Band: Squad Live played for dancing.


Luncheon: The Oklahoma City/County Historical Society had the 23rd annual Pathmaker Awards luncheon at the Jim Thorpe Association.

Inductees: Wanda Jackson, Leroy Bridges, Eddie Griffin. Two recipients, Anthony Shadid and Nicholas Reding, were honored posthumously. The Distinguished Service Award was given to the Girls Scouts of Oklahoma-Western District. Bill Welge, OKCCHS board president, presented the plaques to honorees and/or family members and Dr. James Caster, board member, read the citations.


Occasion: More than 200 state and local business executives, elected officials and horse-racing industry leaders attended the reception held at the Silks Restaurant at Remington Park during RP's Oklahoma Derby Preview Party and Community Expo. Guests were served hors d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Roland Hernandez. The party was held in conjunction with the thoroughbred racing season and Oklahoma Derby Week. Other activities during the week included a charity golf tournament, Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet, a Derby-style hat contest and a disco party.

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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