UPGRADING PERFORMANCE HALL
Event: Grand Opening Gala Celebration reception for Hudson Performance Hall.
Where: Northwest Classen High School.
What: Vince Gill, along with the Northwest Classen Cry-Slurs and the Mojo Men with Bill Maxwell and Rick White, provided a musical concert. Northwest Classen was Gill's high school alma mater. Cliff and Leslie Hudson, 1972 graduates, were large donors providing funds for the upgrading of the Hall. The benefit brought in $250,000 for the Friends of Northwest Classen Foundation.
AN EVENING OF HOPE
What: Amy Grant, wife of Vince Gill, sang a number of inspirational songs for the crowd at a Mission of Hope banquet, which benefited the City Rescue Mission.
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
What: Alzheimer's Association Luncheon.
Where: The Tasting Room.
What: Members of AWARE (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer's Research and Education) were honored. Gov. Mary Fallin's proclamation declaring World Alzheimer's Action Day on Sept. 21 in Oklahoma was commemorated. That evening, purple lights lit the Myriad Gardens, Skydance and the Oklahoma River bridges and Boldt Construction on Broadway. Sally Hood was master of ceremonies. Guest speaker was Claudine LaRouque, national director of major and planned giving for the association. Anne Robert shared the story of her mother's journey with Alzheimer's and sang her mother's favorite song. David Sisson provided keyboard music during the luncheon.
FOR THE LOVE OF BABIES
What: Angels of Destiny Luncheon.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
To Benefit: Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services.
Special Speaker: Pam Tebow, mother of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow spoke of her faith when she decided to ignore a doctor's advice to terminate her pregnancy because of medical reasons and carried her son to term.
FALL MEET AND GREET
What: Fall General Meeting and Luncheon.
Who: Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra League.
Where: Nichols Hills home of Anna and John McMillan.
What: Birthday celebration and benefit.
Where: Packard Building.
What: Friends and family of the late Safari McDoulett gathered for a rooftop party to celebrate what would have been McDoulett's 37th birthday and to raise funds for the scholarship program named in her honor at Oklahoma City Community College. McDoulett was killed in a traffic accident in February. She had been community service director for County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
What: Rose Soiree.
Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens.
What: The generosity of the Nebula Society, composed of patrons who donate $1,000 or more annually to the Oklahoma City University Fund, was celebrated at the second annual Rose Soiree. The event was sponsored by Dick and Jeannette Sias and Joullian Vineyards.
What: Gathering for a meeting at Mary Streich's home. Streich, Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund president, and co-chairmen Jim Roth and Stacey Ford Stiglets make plans for the upcoming Red Tie Ball on March 2. Last year, OACF raised $1.3 million dollars in one evening, making Red Tie Night the largest single-evening fundraiser in Oklahoma, chairmen reported.