Helen Ford Wallace
Features 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 the Peope/Events page on NewsOK. She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people, if not the first person, at The Oklahoman and throughout the country, to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late 1970’s when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.Current community activities include: Junior League of Oklahoma City board of directors sustaining advisor; Touchdown Club member, Oklahoma Heritage Association member, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum member, Sooner Club. Past activities are: Past Junior League President, Beaux Arts Ball Chairman, Associates Council member, Membership rush advisor for Delta Delta Delta and President of OU Mothers Club. Worked on Public School Foundation dinner events. Awards: Journalism Hall of Fame; Tri Delta Panhellenic Women of the Year; Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award; Women In Communication Byliners Award; Dulaney Browne Libraries Award at Awards of Excellence for Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma Hospitality Club Ladies In the News honoree.


  • 20-40-60 etiquette: No thanks for wedding shower?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    We received no thank-you at the shower, no note. I went to two other showers with gifts and gave a gift for wedding. Still no thank-you, text, phone call or note. What is wrong with these people?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Still no thank you

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION : My daughter and I gave a wedding shower for a family member in November 2014. It was a Christmas shower theme with the house decorated. We served numerous food and pastry items. We planned this for months. We received […]

  • CHK/Central Boathouse opens with a dinner concert

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

     Donors and supporters of the University of Central Oklahoma River Project were at a dinner concert on April 15 for an advance opening of the CHK/Central Boathouse “Where art meets the river” on the Oklahoma River. Chairmen were Jane and David Thompson, and Kathy and Ed Martin. The community grand opening events were held April […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 26

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Dinner Concert, Dance Club, Bridal Shower, Founder's Day, Guest Day, Spring Luncheon, Reception

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How can we get along?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!     By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am a happily married woman and enjoy having lunch or coffee with a male friend. He, too, is married and in a good marriage. We chat about nothing exciting, but enjoy each other’s company.   Occasionally events […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Is dinner too much?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Should female reader avoid dining out in foursome with her friend’s wife? Patti Leeman has the guest answer.

  • Marco Bicego, jewelry designer, and Coleman Clark, BC Clark Jewelers---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    [brightcove]4179967538001[/brightcove] Marco Bicego and Coleman Clark talk about Marco’s jewelry on Parties Extra!

  • Announcement Party---OKCFEST set for June 26-27

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

      Fred Hall, Mick Cornett, Karen Hall, Lucas Hoge, Thomas Becker and Rob Crissinger. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace) OKCFEST officials held a VIP event at Vast to announce the lineup of the stars who will be in Oklahoma City June 26-27 for an outdoor music festival.  Fred Hall, founder of OKCFEST, introduced Lucas Hoge […]

  • P.J. O'Rourke will be speaker at Literary Voices---Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

      [brightcove]4170904125001[/brightcove] Catherine Armitage and Kim Terry talk about Literary Voices and P.J. O’Rourke on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Hand over heart!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Calllie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I have had the pleasure of attending my son’s middle school sporting events and have noticed with increasing regularity at the beginning of each game when the national anthem is played, many people continue to talk on their cellphones and/or […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: O Say Can You See your cellphone?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Should spectators pay more respect during the national anthem? The panelists of 20-40-60 etiquette give advice. Matt Price has the guest answer.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 12

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Junior League Luncheon, Integris Luncheon, Cocktail Party, Golf Luncheon, Patron Party,

  • CHK Central Boathouse opens on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Adrienne Nobles and Georgia Fiering talk about CHK Central Boathouse on Parties Extra! [brightcove]10101346122651651[/brightcove]

  • Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center's spring dinner

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

      Christian Keesee welcomes guests at the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center’s spring dinner. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace). Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center’s spring dinner was held at the Mercedes-Benz showroom.   Cocktails were served across the street in the two- story gallery (fashioned out of four shipping containers) at NW 11th and Broadway. The organization’s new […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Nominations, please!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Got an etiquette question? Email Helen at hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: Yesterday in a meeting (of a social group whose membership exceeds 100), the majority of the single slate of officers presented to be voted on were on the nominating committee. […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Is it OK to nominate yourself for club election?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Yesterday in a meeting (of a social group whose membership exceeds 100), the majority of the single slate of officers presented to be voted on were on the nominating committee. Yvette Walker has the guest answer!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 5

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Spring Dinner, Reception, Patron Party, New Member Party

  • Parties Extra! Video!---Youth Services for Oklahoma County---"Reach For The Stars" Gala

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Debbie Forshee, Emily Lang, Paige Dillard and Valerie Oakley on the set for Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).   [brightcove]4149315459001[/brightcove] Debbie Forshee and Valerie Oakley talk about the Youth Services for Oklahoma County’s  “Reach For The Stars Gala” on Parties Extra!

  • Boy Scout Dinner in Oklahoma City featured lots of flowers and Boy Scout knots

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Daffodils and tulips with a fishing pole. ( Photo by Kristopher Cox.)   There were 50 different bouquets of flowers on the 50 tables for The Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America dinner at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum recently. Bebe MacKellar was in charge of decorations and Genea Vallion  and Kevin […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Unexpected guest causes tension

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The women of 20-40-60 Etiquette answer your tricky social questions. Devonne Carter has the guest answer.




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Parties Extra! Mon, Apr. 20 2015 09:16:13 AM CST RT @Cdrwenski: Resilience: The emotional impact the OKC bombing had on reporters. LINK
Parties Extra! Sun, Apr. 19 2015 08:12:17 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 19 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 18 2015 10:29:26 AM CST Marco Bicego, jewelry designer, and Coleman Clark, BC Clark Jewelers---Parties Extra! LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Fri, Apr. 17 2015 01:10:35 PM CST Announcement Party---OKCFEST set for June 26-27 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Mon, Apr. 13 2015 08:29:05 PM CST P.J. O'Rourke will be speaker at Literary Voices---Parties Extra! Video LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
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Parties Extra! Mon, Apr. 13 2015 03:30:34 PM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette---Hand over heart! LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sun, Apr. 12 2015 08:35:17 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 12 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 11 2015 05:05:53 PM CST CHK Central Boathouse Opens on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City---Parties Extra! LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 11 2015 01:06:39 PM CST Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center's spring dinner LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
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Parties Extra! Tue, Apr. 07 2015 12:02:45 PM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette---Nominations, please! LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 04 2015 07:11:23 PM CST Parties Extra! Video!---Youth Services for Oklahoma County--- "Reach For The Stars Gala LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
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