Party: Blake Gibson was surprised on his 45th birthday with a party at Blue Sage Studios, Urban Art Galleries. His wife, Suzy Gibson, was the hostess.
Theme: A golf theme was used with vintage golf equipment as decorations and sepia photos on stands. Personalized golf balls and golf tees were party favors, along with green and black candies with the initials CBG (the honoree's). An argyle pattern in black and green was on the fondant birthday cake.
Entertainment: Andy Boatman gave a glassblowing demonstration and created glass pieces for some of the guests. Seen: Ladonna and Jeff Atkins; Mara Porter; Andy Boatman; Carla Gonzalez; Sara and Bob Memmott; Melanie and Mike Davis; Kim and Bruce Funderburk; Becky and Frank Welch; Jennifer Hays; Terri Winkle; Alicia and Scott Champion; Hannah, Paula and Brad Gibson; Charles Gibson; Tami and Guy Jackson; Marla and Ken Howeth; Bobbi and Billy Alexander; Traci and Travis Ferguson; and Sharon and David Ferguson.
Reception: Barbara and Ralph Thompson were hosts at a reception for four high school students who will attend school in Abbeville, France, for two weeks. They are 2011 Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American fellows, and they received scholarships to conduct individual research projects in France. Students are Jeanne Lynn and Samantha Woods, Westmoore High School; Kristen Mathias, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; and Chebon Ryan, Classen School of Advanced Studies. Cyndy Shaw, French teacher at Westminster Lower School, will accompany the students on March 5.
Program: The student program is open to central Oklahoma high school and community college students, ages 16-22.
Event: More than 125 University of Oklahoma students, faculty and staff members and other volunteers, some from the Benham Group, participated in selecting books for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center. They were at the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System pre-sale event at the Expo Hall at State Fair Park. The 5,000 books will be available to patients and families at the cancer center when it opens this summer at OU Health Sciences Center. The 50-cent paperbacks and $1 hardbacks were purchased from cancer center funds.
Besides books: The center also will feature a cafe, original works of art, rocking chairs, game rooms, massage therapy and a healing garden.
Party: Meg Salyer was hostess for a reception honoring Marion Paden, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. The party was in Salyer's office. Paden is the second woman president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. Salyer was the first woman president. The party was for Women of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.
Presentation: Paden was given a paperweight with the Rotary logo.
Seen: Avis Scaramucci, Gena Timberman, Shirley Kirschner, Penny Voss, Hilarie Blaney, Terri Cooper, Sherry Rhodes, Cindy Batt, Donita Thomas, Ann Ackerman, Freda Deskin, Liz Eichman, Ann Garrett, Willa Johnson, Lou Kerr, Donna Lawrence, Cathy Stackpole, Karen Wicker, Cynda Ottaway, Keith Oehlert, Carol Troy, Ann Felton, Barbara Butner, Marilyn Torbett and Ann Simank.
GEORGE WASHINGTON LUNCHEON
Patriotic luncheon: The annual Daughters of the American Revolution George Washington luncheon was held at Gaylord Center at Oklahoma Christian University. It was sponsored by the Oklahoma City Regents Council.
Tables: Local DAR chapter members decorated the tables using a flag theme.
Program: The Oklahoma City Elks Lodge No. 417 gave the program, and members of the Western Heights Army JROTC served as Honor Guard.
David Hooten played “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on the trumpet, and John Christopher sang “America” and “God Bless America.”
Flags: Don LaPoma gave a flag program, “The Flag — Its History.” On display were examples of the U.S. flag throughout history.
Membership chairman: Janice Gunn.
RED DRESS GALA
Dinner/dance: 250 Oklahoma City University members of Alpha Phi celebrated the 50th anniversary with a Saturday night Red Dress Gala at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. This was during the “Fabulous at 50” weekend of events. Tiffany Warford was chairman, and Cassie Papin and Randa Ogletree were co-chairmen. Silent auction bidding proceeds went to the Alpha Phi Foundation. Guests came from Oklahoma, Minnesota, Virginia, California and Texas.
Sorority pins: Receiving 50-year pins were Sandra Martin, Carole Heitz, Bobbie Moore, Dorothy Allshouse, Angela Bachman and Polly Anderson.
Other awards: Lisa Blackburn received the chapter's first Martha Foote Crow award for 35 years of dedication and leadership. Special tribute went to Cecile Richards. Sarah Jensen, educational leadership consultant, and Sarah Newcomb, Alpha Phi's 2011 Panhellenic Woman of the Year, were introduced.
Other activities: Alumnae and active members met at the Alpha Phi House and sang songs and spent the night. They also had family day at the Oklahoma City University Great Hall in University Center and a Service of Remembrance.