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.


  • Tarpley Tap Dancers celebrate 30 years in Oklahoma City

    By Helen Ford Wallace Staff Writer  hwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 27, 2015

    Lynda Tarpley celebrated her 30th anniversary this month as founder and creator of the Tarpley Tap Dancers in Oklahoma City.

  • Joy Reed Belt ---JRB Art at the Elms---Parties Extra! video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Dec 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4672146542001[/brightcove] Joy Reed Belt and Helen Ford Wallace talk about JRB Art at the Elms Art Gallery on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 20

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Jim Vallion's Birthday, Mercy Gala, OMRF Party, Kappa Alpha Thetas, Ladies Golf Party, Christmas Soiree, Art Opening

  • Teta Turner and Eric Smith---Sara Sara Cupcakes---Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    [brightcove]4664327093001[/brightcove][brightcove]4664327093001[/brightcove] Teta Turner and Eric Smith of Sara Sara Cupcakes talk about their business on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about gift lists?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My wife thinks online gift lists are impersonal. What are your thoughts about sending family and friends wish lists? Is it rude? Does it remove that personal touch? CALLIE’S ANSWER: I love lists! It is hard to think of gifts for everyone, and if there were a […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 13

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    Book Celebration, Holiday Party, Wedding Reception, Teacher's Event, Pi Phis

  • Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City announces debutantes

    BY HELEN FORD WALLACE Staff Writer hwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Dec 13, 2015

    The 70th annual Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City Christmas Charity Ball is set for Dec. 22 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, with 31 young women to be presented as debutantes.

  • Bachelors Club of Oklahoma City--- 31 debutantes--- Christmas Charity Ball---Judy Lehmbeck---Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    [brightcove]4652149832001[/brightcove] Judy Lehmbeck talks about the Bachelors Club Christmas Charity Ball on Parties Extra!

  • Beaux Arts Ball Debutantes were presented at the Ball

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

      The 70th annual Beaux Arts Ball was a showstopper. Outside the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, glistening ice covered the trees, the lawn and surrounding homes and gardens and inside the Country Club there was a veritable blooming garden featuring 5,000 garden roses and other beautiful flowers. Chairman Laura Kirkpatrick and co-chairman Kristen Bohanon greeted guests at the front door of the Great Hall.    The presentation of 19 debutantes and 17 escorts went off without a hitch as did the crowning of the new King of the Beaux Arts Ball Christian Keesee. The King received a standing ovation when he was introduced as his name had been a well- kept secret.

  • Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee is Beaux Arts Ball King

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Dec 6, 2015

    The 2015 Beaux Arts Ball king, Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee, comes from a long line of family members who were community visionaries and volunteers. This list includes his grandmother Eleanor Kirkpatrick, who was the first chairman of the Beaux Arts Ball in 1946, and his grandfather John Kirkpatrick, who was the 1956 king. The new king was introduced, amid pomp and ceremony, Nov. 28 at the formal Beaux Arts Ball at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Until he was introduced, his name was kept secret from the debutantes, escorts, pages, former kings and family members and guests. When asked what the Beaux Arts Ball tradition means to him, Keesee answered: “It is the 70th anniversary of the ball, and it was

  • Oklahoma City's Beaux Arts Ball is family tradition for 2015 king

    By Helen Ford Wallace  Staff Writer hwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Dec 5, 2015

    Christian Kirkpatrick Keesee was introduced, amid pomp and ceremony, as the 2015 Beaux Arts Ball king at the formal Beaux Arts Ball in Oklahoma City. He is from a long line of family members who were community visionaries and volunteers. This list includes his grandmother Eleanor Kirkpatrick, who was the first chairman of the Beaux Arts Ball in 1946, and his grandfather John Kirkpatrick, who was the 1956 king.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Nov. 29, 2015

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Anniversary Dinner, Awards Dinner, Luncheon, Volunteer Event

  • Parties Extra! Video---Dewey Joe Beene jr. "lights up" your parties

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    [brightcove]4630529338001[/brightcove] Dewey Joe Beene jr.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Need a snappy comeback?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I was in the elevator recently on my way visit a friend in the hospital. I had on a new shirt and vest and really thought I looked stylish. A lady (stranger) looked at me, grabbed my cuff and said “well, these sleeves are really too long. You might want to cut them off.” I was shocked and said nothing. Is there a polite retort for “mind your own business?” CALLIE’S ANSWER: I don’t think you need to say anything at all. Be confident in your look, and don’t mind strangers.

  • Helen Ford Wallace's Parties, Etc. for Nov. 22, 2015

    Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Helen Ford Wallace's Parties, Etc. for Nov. 22, 2015.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about December birthdays?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: If someone's birthday is in December, is it appropriate to give them one gift and say it's for both their birthday and Christmas?  CALLIE'S ANSWER: Absolutely! It is so nice and thoughtful to get a present for birthday/Christmas. LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: You could ask your friend how she or he feels about that. I'm sure it's not the first time this has come up after a lifetime of December birthdays, so you could get a feel for her opinion on this posed as a general discussion.

  • Parties, Etc.: Nov. 15: Helen Ford Wallace

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Ballet Bid, Party At The Boathouse, Women's Heath Forum Event, Theta Patron Party, Banquet, Book Signing, Colonial Dames

  • Trochta's Flowers and Garden Center---Justin Edwards and John Corbett---Parties Extra! Video---Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    [brightcove]4611647701001[/brightcove] Justin Edwards and John Corbett from Trochta's Flowers and Garden Center talk about holiday flowers on Parties Extra! Justin Edwards and John Corbett (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Annie Oakley Society Luncheon---Dr. Steven Karr and Whitney Tatum---Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    [brightcove]4605054606001[/brightcove] Dr.

  • Parties, Etc.: Nov. 8, 2015: Helen Ford Wallace

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Wedding Tea, Sculpture Dedication and Reception, Boathouse Opening, Book Launch Party, Kiwanis Club Inauguration




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