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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Sept. 16

Patriotic Party, Couple's Shower, Inauguration Brunch, Birthdays
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: September 16, 2012


Who: Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former First Lady Laura Bush and Gov. Mary Fallin spoke in front of an outdoor podium at the private fundraiser for Mitt Romney in the home of Judy and Tom Love. It was one of only two fundraisers that Bush attended nationwide, according to an Associated Press report. Gov. Fallin introduced Bush, who in turn introduced Romney.

What: Organizer Terry Neese, national board member, Women for Romney, noted that Ann Romney is chairman of Women for Romney; Lynn Cheney and Laura Bush are honorary co-chairmen. There are 15 national board members all across the country.

Where: The table at the Love home had patriotic characters, red, white and blue Uncle Sams with American flags for decorations, along with vases of red roses. Many of the guests wore American flag pins.

Why: In talking about the nomination of her husband, Ann Romney said, “It is an honor and a blessing to be involved.” In speaking about the fundraising effort she noted, “This is for America, so we're very, very grateful to you all.”

How: At 5 p.m. there was a 30-minute private meeting with Romney and Bush for Steering Committee members, and then they and the other donors lined up for special pictures with the honorees.


Party: Silvia and Steve Payne honored engaged couple Michelle Durrett and Jeremy Whitlow at a couple's miscellaneous shower and cocktail party.

Flowers: Roses, lilies and hydrangeas were in the flower bouquets for the table.

Partygoers: Hilarie and Kevin Blaney, Carolyn and Matt Durrett, Barbara and Bill Durrett, Jenna Johnston, Jackie and Don Durrett, Addison Durrett, Druanne and David Durrett, Lyle Clark, Lou and Jim Morris, Parker Durrett, Lynn and Brad Fielding, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Suzie Hupfeld, Barbara Eskridge.

Wedding: The wedding is this month.


Who: Oklahoma Christian University President John deSteiguer and his wife, Darla, were honorees at an Inauguration Brunch held in OC's Gaylord University Center. Community leaders were among the guests.

Program: On the program were Lee Allan Smith and Tom Ward. State Treasurer Ken Miller read a proclamation from Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Randy Grau presented a state flag that flew over the state Capitol on May 1 (President deSteiguer's first day as president). Jose Freede attended the brunch and later led the Pledge of Allegiance at the installation ceremony.

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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