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.


  • Lotus Club members enjoy the spring dance in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Marilyn Meade, Bud Meade, Holly Healey. (Photo by Doug Hoke).   Members of the Lotus Club met at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club for their spring dance. Women wore cocktail attire and men wore white dinner jackets. The Judy Moore Trio from Dallas played for dancing. Bud Meade is president of the Club. […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---I want to take a gift anyway!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, please email Helen (hwallace@oklahoman.com) YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: If the invitation requests “no gifts, please,” is it bad manners if I bring a small gift anyway? CALLIE’S ANSWER: No, it’s never bad manners to bring a gift. LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: To gift or not to gift

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Should you bring a gift anyway, if the invitation states, “no gifts, please?

  • Hogans celebrate 60th wedding anniversary in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Sam Hogan, Sarah and Dan Hogan, Caton Hogan, Dan Hogan IV. (Photo by Doug Hoke). Sarah and Dan Hogan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. They invited friends and family members for a cocktail buffet.   Flowers and glowing candles were everywhere throughout the Club. […]

  • Ann Hargis---Oklahoma State University---Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    [brightcove]4262155586001[/brightcove]   Ann Hargis talks about Oklahoma State University on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Pricey weddings cause gifting dilemma

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Is it appropriate to sign a wedding gift card from the entire family?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 24

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Anniversary Party, Dance Club, Bridal Shower, Spring Picnic, Tri Delta Alum Meeting, Spring Art Exhibit

  • Leslie Batchelor, James Pickel and Jane Jenkins---Dean A. McGee Awards Banquet---Parties Extra! video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

      Brenda Jones Barwick, Leslie Batchelor, James Pickel and Jane Jenkins talk about the Dean A. McGee Awards Banquet and Downtown OKC on Parties Extra!   [brightcove]4245747621001[/brightcove]            

  • Winter Ball committee members meet for coffee and to plan the January 30th Ball

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Marilyn Meade, Barbara Beeler, Sherrie Kite. (Photos provided). Lauren Sullivan, Bebe MacKellar, Mary FitzSimons, back; Katherine Buxton, seated. PHOTO PROVIDED   Members of the 2016 Winter Ball committee met for coffee at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Terrace Room. They were making plans for the January 30, 2016 Winter Ball, sponsored by The […]

  • Parties Extra! How about thank yous for donations for a loved one who died? 20-40-60 Etiquette

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

     To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!      By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What is the “rule of thumb” or “rule of etiquette” for sending out a thank-you card or note when one sends flowers to a friend or loved one at a funeral? […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Thank you cards for funeral flowers can be sent in time

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The women of 20-40-60 Etiquette answer your touchy social etiquette questions. Chuck Ainsworth has this week's guest answer.

  • Wedding shower honors couple in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Diane Sanger, Susan Drake, Bryan Gordon, Kate Dark, Lerri Cooper, Tod Sanger. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace). Debbie Bolding, Lisa Penton, back; Molly Ann Sanger, Jose Freede, front.      Kate Dark and Bryan Gordon were honorees at a wedding shower in the home of Katie and Aubrey McClendon. Co-hosts were Laurie and Charlie Givens, […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 17

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Derby events, Bridal Shower, Banquet, Receptions

  • Parties Extra! Video---Mike Dillon and Mark Wilmes---Party Galaxy!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Mike Dillon and Mark Wilmes and Party Galaxy! [brightcove]4232562826001[/brightcove] We checked out all the items Party Galaxy offers for graduations, luaus, fiestas and Fourth of July celebrations on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Answer my email?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Does every email require a response? Richard Rosser and Jeary Seikel have the guest answer.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Email answer?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    (Have an opinion or a question? Email Helen at hwallace@oklahoman.com) YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!     By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Does every email deserve an answer? Several times I have sent an email and thought the recipient would reply with an answer or comment, but they did not. […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Sunday, May 10, 2015

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Wedding Shower, Show House Events, Junior League Reception, Reunion, Art Show, Appreciation Party

  • Parties Extra! Video---Oklahoma Project Woman---Breast Cancer Shoot Out

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    [brightcove]4225693536001[/brightcove] Margaux Lippoldt, Community Development Manager of Oklahoma Project Woman, talks about the second annual Breast Cancer Shoot Out fundraiser on Parties Extra!

  • Judy Hatfield entertains downtown at the Carnegie Centre

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Judy Hatfield, Lana Lopez. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).  Judy Hatfield invited friends to her Carnegie Centre loft for an art show honoring Lana Lopez. She displayed Lopez’s artwork on the 4th floor stage venue and then invited guests in her home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Hatfield plans to have an art showing each […]

  • Parties Extra! 20-40-60 Etiquette---I need the cash!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    (Editor’s note: To ask the 20-40-60 team a question, email Helen  hwallace@oklahoman.com)   YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I am 59 and graduating in May. My friends want to give me a party. I really don’t want a bunch of gifts I won’t use, […]




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Parties Extra! Sun, May. 31 2015 07:46:20 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 31 LINK @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, May. 30 2015 09:04:04 AM CST RT @kelfry: This is too cool. Bike race right here in OKC! Love this city. #newsok LINK
Parties Extra! Thu, May. 28 2015 08:10:17 PM CST RT @CRTChuck: Our good friend @JJHatfield being recognized by @DowntownOKC #DeanMcGeeAwards for awesome deeds! So proud of her!! LINK
Parties Extra! Thu, May. 28 2015 10:50:27 AM CST Ann Hargis---Oklahoma State University---Parties Extra! Video LINK #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Mon, May. 25 2015 08:34:41 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: Pricey weddings cause gifting dilemma LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, May. 24 2015 08:46:53 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 24 LINK #NewsOk #The Oklahoman
Parties Extra! Sat, May. 23 2015 11:56:08 AM CST Leslie Batchelor, James Pickel and Jane Jenkins---Dean A. McGee Awards Banquet LINK #NewsOK #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Mon, May. 18 2015 11:06:17 AM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: Someone called the newsroom with an etiquette question. I hope I did OK, @hfwallace and @lillie_beth. It was about birt…
Parties Extra! Mon, May. 18 2015 07:52:25 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: Thank you cards for funeral flowers can be sent in time LINK #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, May. 17 2015 08:36:36 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 17 LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sat, May. 16 2015 09:57:38 PM CST RT @Hannah_Cov: Congrats to @BryanPainter1, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from OK SPJ! A storyteller worth celebrating. LINK
Parties Extra! Wed, May. 13 2015 10:26:29 AM CST Parties Extra! Video---Mike Dillon and Mark Wilmes---Party Galaxy! LINK @TheOklahoman #NewsOk @Partygalaxy
Parties Extra! Mon, May. 11 2015 12:18:05 PM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette---Email answer? LINK #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, May. 10 2015 08:14:42 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Sunday, May 10, 2015 LINK #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sat, May. 09 2015 09:02:01 AM CST Parties Extra! Video---Oklahoma Project Woman---Breast Cancer Shoot Out LINK @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
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Parties Extra! Thu, May. 07 2015 08:44:42 PM CST Judy Hatfield entertains downtown at the Carnegie Centre @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Tue, May. 05 2015 08:59:46 PM CST Parties Extra! Cynthia Reid, Tammy Fate and Lillie-Beth Brinkman-Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce LINK #NewsOK
Parties Extra! Mon, May. 04 2015 07:59:09 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: New graduate prefers cash instead of party, gifts LINK @TheOklahoman #NewsOk

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