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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 31

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by Helen Ford Wallace Published: August 31, 2014

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Marc Maun, Cynthia Reid, Jeff Napoliello.
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What: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber held a reception at Caffe Molise in downtown Salt Lake City to wrap up its two-day intercity visit to the community.

Why: Since 2005, the Chamber has hosted interested business leaders, real estate developers, nonprofit and education officials and others involved in city planning and community development in eight cities to study issues and innovative ideas that apply to Oklahoma City.

To note: This year, a group of about 60 people traveled to Salt Lake City to learn about the city’s extensive transit system, convention center and plans for a hotel and other issues. Participants also toured the Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium, home of professional soccer team Real Salt Lake, the Salt Palace and South Towne Expo Center. To get around, they also traveled by streetcar and TRAX, elements of Salt Lake’s transportation system.

Seen: Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber; Robert Neu, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools; John Pettis Jr., Oklahoma City councilman; Natalie Shirley, president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City; Grant Soderberg, chief financial officer and managing director of Square Deal Capital; Xavier Neira, director of Manhattan Construction Co.; Anthony McDermid, vice president TAParchitecture; Michael Laird, attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy; Percy Kirk, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications’ Central Region; Rhonda Hooper, president and CEO of Jordan Advertising; state Sen. David Holt; Debby Hampton, president and CEO of United Way of Central Oklahoma; Aubrey Hammontree, City of Oklahoma City planning director; Bob Funk Jr., owner of Prodigal; Pete Delaney, chairman of OGE Energy Corp.; Gary Desjardins, general manager of Cox Convention Center/SMG; Mark Beffort, CEO of Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort; and Marc Maun, CEO, Bank of Oklahoma-Oklahoma City.


Party: Kite Park was the scene for “Party in the Park.” The Nichols Hills Parks Inc. sponsored family celebration. There was a children’s raffle for stuffed animals and other raffle prizes from Nichols Hills Plaza, Western Avenue and Classen Curve merchants for the Park Fund, particularly Kite Park and Margaret Davis Park. Nichols Hills has 31 parks, all maintained by private donations.

Highlights: Sugar Free Allstars provided music and face painting. The carnival games were built by Mike Johnston.

Chairmen/committee: Marilyn Meade and Amy Bankhead were chairmen. Susan Marshall is chairman of Nichols Hills Parks, Inc. Committee members who helped with the party were Shari Buxton, Angela Coyle, Pam Ethier, Dana Garner, Jessica Hopkins, Wiley Hugo, Susan Lewis, Susan Marshall, Courtney Briggs Melton, Sean Olmstead, Cacky Poarch, Tim Rasmussen, Suzanne Reynolds, Lil Ross, Ellen Lisle, Melissa Smith, Carrie Sparling and Joan Yoakam.

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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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