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Helen Ford Wallace Parties, Etc.:Feb. 23

Leadership Oklahoma, Baby Shower, Love Book Signing, Societies Reception, Afternoon Tea, Opening Exhibit
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: February 23, 2014


Gala: Leadership Oklahoma members honored four state leaders at the annual Excellence in Leadership Gala at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Award winners were former Gov. George Nigh, Lifetime Achievement Award; Stan Clark, Distinguished Graduate Award; The First National Bank and Trust Co. of Miami, Business Leadership Award, and The Chickasaw Nation, Statewide Community Award. About 300 members and guests attended the gala.

Chairmen: Co-chairmen of the event were Mary Blankenship Pointer and Jim Robertson. Ann Ackerman is Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Oklahoma.

Decorations: The room featured gold lights and on the tables were crystal candelabra and globes to go with the gold and crystal chargers.

Music: Live music featured Amarillo Junction.

Special touch: The music of “Oklahoma!” was played as former Gov. Nigh accepted his award.


Party: Eight hostesses honored Elaine Reneau Anderson at a baby shower in the home of Susan Edwards. Co-hostesses were Ann Fleming, Cathy Cross, Janie Cook, Marilyn Henley, Susie Gray, Susan Muehleisen and Debbie McCord. The baby girl, to be named Carter Grace Anderson, is due in April.

Flowers/food: The centerpiece was composed of vases filled with red roses, pink stock and red heart votives. Included on the menu were monogrammed cupcakes, cheese spread in a heart-shaped dish, salmon and chicken nuggets, corn salsa and various dips. Dessert was chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Guests: Among the partygoers were Gayla Stapleton, Linda Klos, Janie Law, Bev Kanaly, Jane Webb, Lucinda Huffman, Nancy Ellis, Kathy Brown, Kirk Hammons, Judy Savage and Betsy Thorpe.


Reception: A reception and book signing was held at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, celebrating the release of “Love's: Fifty Years of a Family Enterprise,” by Bob Blackburn. The evening honored Tom and Judy Love and was hosted by Nancy and Bob Ellis, Jane and Gerald Gamble, Kirk and Royce Hammons, Ann and Bill Johnstone, and Brenda and Tom McDaniel. Blackburn gave the program and the Oklahoma City University Surrey Singers performed a special arrangement of the national anthem and a medley from the musical “Oklahoma!”

Decorations: Bouquets of red and yellow tulips were, book cover colors, were on the tables.

Seen: Guests included Jackie and Barbara Cooper, Charlotte and John Richels, Jeaneen Naifeh, Lee Allan Smith, Mike Turpen, Robert Henry, Barbara and Ralph Thompson, Linda and Bill Rodgers, Carol and Joe McClendon, Susan and Carl Edwards, Aulena and Gib Giibson, Lida and Ron Elkins, Linda and Ken Howell, Ed Barth and Joan Frates.

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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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