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.


  • Gov. Mary Fallin at the Inaugural Prayer Service

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin, with the Crossing Community Choir and Orchestra and the Ambassadors Concert Choir in the background, at the Inaugural Prayer Service at Crossings Community Church. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace). On the Inaugural Schedule of Events for Gov. Mary Fallin was the Prayer Service at Crossings Community Church. It was held Sunday and […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should old friend get invitation to wedding?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: I asked my friend to be in my wedding as it felt like the right thing to do. She declined and said she didn't feel like she knew my fiance and would not feel comfortable being a part of it.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Bill Hickman and the Warren Spahn Award Gala and Clayton Kershaw

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    [brightcove]3974405576001[/brightcove] Bill Hickman, Chairman of the Warren Spahn Award Gala, talks about the event and best left- handed pitcher in major league baseball, Clayton Kershaw, on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Jan. 4, 2015

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Beaux Arts Ball Supper, Beach Party, Holiday Brunch, Foundation Board Celebration, Soup Luncheon, Christmas Party, Holiday Gala, Award, Holiday Fashions

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: When should holiday decorations come down?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Is there an ordinance that regulates this or is it up to the dweller's discretion? Is there a polite way to suggest that the decorations be removed?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.:Dec. 28

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Lotus Club Dance, Birthday Party, Holiday Open House, AfterGlow Party, Tea, Alum Party,

  • Poinsettias and holiday flowers from Trochta's on Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    [brightcove]3957287015001[/brightcove] Genea Vallion talks about holiday flowers on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 21

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Birthday Dinner, Christmas Parties, Holiday Events, Holiday Cocktails, Open House

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

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    [brightcove]3946180486001[/brightcove] Joy Reed Belt shows her Christmas exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Fun gifts for all? Should we give gifts to children only?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: As our extended family has grown, the cost of everyone getting presents for everyone has risen. Is there a certain number at which you should shift to a “kids-only” or “Secret Santa” type gift exchange? What’s the best way to […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should we have a secret Santa?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    What’s the best way to keep Christmas fun and affordable?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 14

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Lobster Luncheon, Country Club Parties, Kappa Alpha Theta Party, Art League,

  • Parties Extra! Video---American Cancer Society's first annual "Birthdays and Bubbly"

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    [brightcove]3935189836001[/brightcove] Mary Allen, Devyn Smith and Lesa Foster talk about Birthdays and Bubbly on Parties Extra!

  • Holiday 20-40-60 Etiquette---I'm a vegan---Any holiday recipes?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I eat an alternative diet in that I’m a vegan. How would you recommend I approach my family about including more vegan options during the holidays?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Make options for yourself maybe? That way it doesn’t cause extra work […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 7

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Tree Lighting, Tree Trimming, Starlight Ball Wrap Up

  • Parties Extra! Video---All about the Bachelors Club Christmas Ball and the debutantes

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    [brightcove]3926017439001[/brightcove] Bentley Williams, Bachelors Club President, and Judy Lehmbeck, Bachelors Club Event Coordinator, talk about the Bachelors Club Ball on Parties Extra!

  • Parties Extra!---20-40-60 Etiquette---What goes ON the table?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

     To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!        By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Recently I had lunch with a co-worker. She put her purse, sunglasses, keys, iPad and cellphone on the table by her plate. It took up most of the room on […]

  • Bachelors Club members choose debutantes for the Dec. 22nd Bachelors Club Christmas Ball

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Twenty-eight young women were selected as debutantes for the 69th annual Bachelors Club Christmas Ball set for Dec. 22 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. The black-tie event begins at 8 p.m. and each debutante will be escorted by a Bachelors Club member. Debutantes are Maguire Grace Amundsen, Amanda Blumenthal, Anna Elise Brooks, […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Turkey! Ugh!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I don’t care for turkey, and I have a relative who annually reminds everyone in the family that I don’t like it. It’s becoming tiresome. Should I just endure this yearly annoyance? CALLIE’S ANSWER: Maybe tell that relative you do […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Christmas lights, parties, ice scupltures---Judy Lehmbeck and Dewey Beene

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    [brightcove]3904037791001[/brightcove] Judy Lehmbeck and Dewey Beene talk about upcoming holiday parties and innovative lighting.




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