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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Oct. 27

Gary England's Dinner, Wall of Fame Reception, Pre-Nuptial Party, Birthday Party, Town Hall Dinner,
by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: October 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm •  Published: October 27, 2013


Watching the weather: Meteorologist Gary England was honored at a party in the home of Jenny and David Oliver. Co-hosts were Kay and Gates Oliver and Chelin and Gregg Satherlie. It was a cool and rainy evening at the Oliver home, and they had planned to be outside, so they set up heaters on the porch for the changing atmospheric conditions.

Invitations: The invitations invited friends to celebrate the fact that England will enter the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November. They were asked to wear “Gary attire” (sport coat, jeans and boots). On the RSVP card was “Please keep us advised” and “Yes, we will be taking our weather precautions, and will be there” or “No, we are too afraid and already in the basement.”

Toasts: “Blue Loretta” was the blue rum drink served in special Champagne glasses with “Oklahoma Hall of Fame” written on them. A huge ice sculpture featured a swirling tornado and sign that said “Clear Skies Ahead.”

Decor/food: Hurricane lanterns decorated the tables and England's favorite foods such as chili, tamales and fried chicken and gravy were served. Napkins in Doppler colors featured England's favorite sayings such as “Three Dog Night, “ “Get Val on the Gentner,” “We'll Keep You Advised,” “Jump Back Throw Me Down Loretta “ and “Stay Weather Aware.” The drink glasses said “It's A Grinder,” “Get Below Ground Immediately” and “We Lost Val.”

Tornadoes on the ground: At the party were Mary England, Sharon and Gary Jarrard, Blake Oliver, Cheryl and Tommy Hewett, Kay Murcer, Lana and Dave Lopez, Jack Constant, David Thompson, Cindy and Larry Stacy of Dallas, Williams, Jill and Trey Greene, Linda Haneborg, Dee and Dick Dugan, Larry Parman, Sherry and Larry Howell, Linda and Bill Niemann, Cheryl and Sterling Baker, Judy and Hannah Saadah, Nancy and Geoff Pruett, Mike Boettcher, Barbe and Randy Von Netzer, Andy and Mike Snyder, Judy and Gerald Keeton, Nancy and Kim Kimberling and Janice and Larry Cook.

Take shelter: Guests took home red printed drinking cups and a copy of the “Gary England Drinking Game.”

Blue skies: England has been reporting on the weather for 40 years and has a new role at KWTV-9 as vice president of corporate relations and weather development.


Reunion: Jo Carol Cameron, Wanda Jackson and Jim Loftis were honorees at the Champagne Reception and fourth annual Wall of Fame reunion at the Independent Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. They were entertained the night before the 2013 Wall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Former award winners also attended.

Speakers: Wall of Fame Chairman David Harlow and Oklahoma City public schools teacher Daniel Buckmaster talked briefly.

Decorations: Ceramic vases created by Southeast High School students filled with flowers were set on all the tables.

Seen: At the event were Jan and Jim Loftis, Jo Carol Cameron, Wanda Jackson and Wendell Goodman, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Barbara and Bill Durrett, Annie Bohanon, Barbara and Ralph Thompson, Sara Jane Rose, Jay Shanker, Wallace Johnson, Meg Salyer, Joy and John LaBar, Marnie and Clayton Taylor, Joyce Henderson, Christy Watson, Dave Lopez, Tim DeGiusti, Jack DeGiusti and Aimee and David Harlow.


Party: Molly Marantz and Zach Hoffman were honorees at a pre-wedding party in the home of Gaye and Steve Sherman. The engaged couple plan to be married in February in New York City.

Hosts: Cathy and Mike Cross, Peggy and Nick Duncan, Shirley and Pete Everest, Susan and Peter Hoffman, Anne and George Hover, Lucinda and David Huffman, Janie Law, Sarah and Paul Malloy, Barbara and Bill Miller, Laura and Reeder Ratliff, Mary Kay and Bobby Samis, Gaye and Steve Sherman, Susan and Marc Silver, Gayla and Tommy Stapleton were hosts for the event.

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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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