A LIVELY AFFAIR
Event: Integris Foundation Circle of Friends Gala.
Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Facts: More than $456,000 was raised and 700 guests attended.
Co-Chairmen: Gene Barth and Dr. Murali Krishna. Committee members included Jennifer Chrysant, Amy Duffy, Judith Duffy, Lynda Fredrickson, Fran Gounds, Julie Hammes, Norma Harris, Ken Heindenreich, Cheryl Hewett, Sally Hood, Lynn Horton, Barbara Jett, Jenny Kallenberger, Donna Lawrence, Elaine Levy, Sherry McBee, Patti Mellow, Lisa Mitchell, Beth Pauchnik, Jill Smith, Debbie Suton, Dr. Los Salmeron, Marjorie Shadid, Pat Wallis, Brad Walker, Toby Walker.
The Evening: Foundation Executive Director Brad Walker and Integris President and CEO Bruce Lawrence spoke briefly. Dr. Philip Mosca received the Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding commitment to Integris Health, its foundations and the community. Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer of Integris Mental Health and founder and president of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, gave an introspective lecture on the purpose and work being done in mental health. Proceeds benefit Integris Mental Health, the Integris James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit and its Patricia Price Browne Lecture Fund.
Entertainment: Stepping up the adrenaline level, The Unexpected Boys & The Unexpected Surfer Boys, took the stage to fire up their band and vocalists and move the guests to the dance floor. Very few empty seats were spotted. No one could resist the beat of the music which seemed to transcend the generations.
Seen: Sue Ann and Dudley Hyde, Carol and Mack Troy, Jeannie and John Drake, Jenny and David Kallenberger, Rick and Sherri Russell, Polly and Larry Nichols, Margaret and Jay Henry, Lee and Gale Bollinger, Annie Bohanon and Henry Browne, Janie and Jon Axton, Sherry and Ike Bennett, Chris and Kelly Fry and Ann and Barry Gray.
What: Oklahoma City premiere of “Deadline,” a new suspenseful, fact-based drama about two investigative reporters and starring Steve Talley and Eric Roberts.
Where: Bricktown Harkins Theatre.
Event: The Oklahoman served as the host of the special screening, and proceeds benefited the United Way of Central Oklahoma, represented by Debby Hampton, president and CEO.
Special feature: After the movie, The Oklahoman Features Editor Matt Price led a Q&A by phone with Curt Hahn, executive producer and director, and author/screenwriter Mark Ethridge.
Deadline is adapted from Ethridge's novel, “Grievances,” and he is the former managing editor of the Charlotte (S.C.) Observer.
Sponsors: Diamond level: Michael Hampton, D.D.S., and YWCA Oklahoma City; Platinum: Downtown OKC Tag Agency, Douglas Branch, Thomas Chidester and DJ Hackney; and Silver: Pam Cross and Claudia Lovelace.
THE WRITTEN WORD
What: Literary Voices Dinner.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Sponsored By: Library Endowment Trust.
Speaker and Guest of Honor: Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and “Queen of Suspense,'' has sold over 100 million copies of her books in the United States alone. Clark was a delightful speaker, entertaining, informative and personable.
Special: The evening began with a private reception in the Nichols Hills home of Bob Allee. Guests were patrons who paid $250 a person to attend the reception with Clark and the dinner at the club afterward. A shuttle bus from the club was provided for ferrying them across the street and back from the Allee home.
Honored: Hugh Rice was presented the Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award. A longtime champion of the library system, Rice is a 10-year member and former chairman of the Metropolitan Library Commission.
Key players: Larry Nichols was master of ceremonies. Suzie Symcox and Carol Wilkinson Troy were co-chairmen. Honorary co-chairmen were Leslie and Cliff Hudson. Mary Price is president of the Endowment Trust.
Buzz: Clever centerpieces, which were favors for the guests, included flowers, copies of Higgins' books with clip-on book lights and magnifying glasses. Nearly 400 people attended the dinner.
Event: ARTS! ARTS! ARTS! — The Music of the Night.
In Support of: Students and Faculty of the University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.
Where: Skirvin Hotel.
What: A theatrical evening created by Hugh Wooldridge, artistic director of 2011 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. This fundraiser event featured the Singing Sooners directed by Dr. Richard Zielinski, and performers Teri Bibb, Brent Barrett and Paul Bogaev.
Chairmen: Jo Carol Cameron and Jose Freede were honorary co-chairmen. Sandy and Stewart Meyers were co-chairmen.
Event: 13th Annual Oklahoma Health Center Treasures for Tomorrow.
Presented by: Jean I. Everest Foundation.
Where: Petroleum Club.
Honored: Carl and Susan Edwards, Harold and Sue Ann Hamm and Dr. George Young Sr.
Proceeds benefit: To fund a public art project on the Oklahoma Health Center Campus at The Children's Hospital.
Event: A Night for the Innocent.
Where: Farmers Public Market.
Sponsored by: Oklahoma City University School of Law.
To Benefit: OCU LAW's Oklahoma Innocence Project (OIP), which seeks to rectify wrongful convictions in Oklahoma.
Chairmen: Honorary co-chairmen Melvin and Jasmine Moran and Jerry and Jackie Bendorf presented the Beacon of Justice Award to Drew Edmondson, Barry and Becky Switzer and Dr. R. Cullen and Bonnie Thomas.
The Evening: Lawrence C. Marshall, co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, spoke. A live auction and entertainment highlighted by the Grammy Award-winning artist Gladys Knight rounded out the program.
Event: Saints Babies Luncheon.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Sponsored By: St. Anthony Foundation.
To Benefit: St. Anthony's Birth Center, Joyful Beginnings.
Chairmen: Co-chairmen were Susie Fuller and Myrla Pierson. Judy Love was honorary chairman. Committee members were Lee Cohlmia, Melinda Cox, Mary Grieme, Jane Jones, Lee Ann Nordin, Carrie Parker, Lauren Humphrey Paternostro, Cindy Riesen, Lil Ross, Becky Roten, Stephanie Singer and Linda Stewart.
Speaker: Kellie Clements, interior designer and 2011 HGTV design star.