Peggy Gandy: Social Scene: March 9

Red Tie, Awards of Excellence, Pi Phi Event, Founder's Day
By Peggy Gandy pgandy@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2014
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THE COLOR RED

Event: Red Tie Night.

Venue: Grand Ballroom, Cox Center.

To benefit: Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund.

The evening: Masses of beautiful flowers donated by local florists, which has become a hallmark of this tremendously successful fundraiser, set the stage for the evening, which included cocktails, silent auction, dinner, live auction and music by The Dr. Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon & The Music People Luv Orchestra/Show Band.

Chairmen: Paula Love was chairman and Michael Laird co-chairman. The advisory committee included Ann Simmons Alspaugh, Lu Beard, Aline Brown, J. Donald Capra, Stephen Daniels, Drew Edmonson, Ann Felton, Joseph J. Ferretti, Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, Kay Goebel, Joffa Kerr, Stephen M. Prescott, George Records, Jim Roth and Carol W. Troy. Some of the other committee members were Rick Moses, Mary Ruffin, Jim Vallion, Genea Vallion, Mark Beutler, Jane Anderson, Dee Dugan, Linda Garrett, Bill Gumerson, Mary Ellen Gumerson, David Leader, Brenda McDaniel, James A. Pickel, Tim Rasmussen, Sally Starling and Stacey Stiglets. Mary Streich is president of the executive committee.

Honored: Robert Painter received the Richard May Award for exemplary service to those living with HIV/AIDS.

Note: The OACF was formed in 1991 by Jackie and Barbara Cooper. The first RTN was held in 1992. The event has grossed more than $11 million with all of the proceeds remaining in Oklahoma.

BOWING TO THE LADIES

Event: Awards of Excellence.

Venue: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

Hosted by: Oklahoma City University Societies.