CAUSE FOR HOPE
Event: A Celebration of Recovery.
To Benefit: A Chance to Change Foundation.
Venue: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Presented by: Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Clearwater Enterprises, LLC.
Honored: Kelly Dyer Fry was presented the Jim McGuinness Award.
The program: Board members Dan Batchelor welcomed the guests and Mark McCubbin gave the invocation. Both Linda Morgan and her son Chase Morgan spoke on their long road of coping with Chase's addiction and the help they had received along the way. Astec Charter School provided a video tribute to Fry.
Presenter: Chris Reen, president of OPUBCO Communications Group and publisher of The Oklahoman, introduced Kelly Dyer Fry, who received a standing ovation when she took the podium. Fry, vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group and editor of The Oklahoman, spoke about addiction and the need to address this growing problem. She gave a moving and informative account of her son Eric's continuing struggle with addiction and how it has affected her supportive family. Board Chairman Marsh Pitman presented the award to her, and Karen Cathey gave the closing remarks.
Decor: Arrangements of dendrobium orchids were centered on the tables and podium.
Chairman: Susan Edwards was chairman and working with her were Kate Dougherty, Lorrie Jacobs, Carol Lester, Jamie Reineke, Tony Say, Becky Shaffer, Marianne Trigg, Georgiana Wiesner and Steve Young.
FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Event: Boots and Ball Gowns Gala.
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
To benefit: Infant Crisis. The evening raised $270,000 to feed and diaper needy babies and toddlers.
Special guest: The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond.
Co-chairmen: Polly Fleet and Jo Lynne Jones.
Event: 2013 VEP Gala Celebration.
Presented by: The Riata Center for Entrpreneurship.
To honor: Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs.
Where: Gaillardia Country Club.
Speaker: Congressman J.C. Watts Jr.
To benefit: Oklahoma State University Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.
Co-chairman: Linda Haneborg and Lt. Gen. Robin Rand USAF.
Event: Speaker's Ball.
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman.
Entertainment: Acclaimed vocalist Diana Ross sang.
What: A seated dinner, dance and political addresses.
Event: Bi-District Rotary Foundation Banquet.
Where: National Center for Employment Development Conference Center and Hotel, Norman.
What: Rotarians from Rotary Districts 5770 and 5570, which covers the southwestern and northwestern quadrants of the state, gathered for their 16th annual banquet and honored Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan.
Event: Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Reunion.
Where: Nichols Hills home of Amy Bankhead.
What: A celebration of the sororities' common founding place, Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill.
The event: Asian-inspired appetizers were served and flowers were blue hydrangeas and wine-colored carnations. Books were donated for Pi Phi's “Reading First'' philanthropy.