Peggy Gandy: Social Scene

Green Tie Gala, Dinner, Luncheon, Kick-Off Meeting
By Peggy Gandy pgandy@opubco.com Published: March 17, 2013
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KISSING THE BLARNEY STONE

Event: St. Patrick's Green Tie Gala.

Venue: Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

To benefit: Catholic Charities' Sanctuary and Holy Family Homes.

Money raised: Close to $400,000.

Honored: Chris Reen, president of OPUBCO Communications Group and publisher of The Oklahoman, was introduced by Catholic Charities Executive Director Patrick Raglow as the 2013 Green Tie Gala Ambassador.

The evening: A fine Irish evening, the event drew close to 400 guests. The entertainment was highlighted by the musical talent of Oklahoman fiddler Kyle Dillingham, who played during dinner, after the program and at the post-gala “Irish Pub.” The Jazz duo of Cami Stinson and Matt Stansberry also entertained during the cocktail reception.

Following the conclusion of the silent auction, Archbishop Paul Coakley gave the blessing before dinner. Tim O'Connor offered an Irish Toast to Ray Ackerman, who died in October. A video depicting the Charities' homeless services also featured some of the clients, caseworkers and others, plus an interview with Amy and Chris Reen who shared their thoughts about the programs and the homeless. Burt Smith conducted the auctions and Reen drew the raffle winner. Meg Alexander was master of ceremonies.

Flowers: Centerpieces were created by Morrison Floral Co. from flowers donated by Telaflora.

Chairman: Judy Love.

Seen: Sherry and Lee Beasley, Paul and Barbara Brou, Jim and Jill Brown, Randy and Connie Calvert, Polly Nichols, Tom and Brenda McDaniel, Richard and Jeanette Sias, Jay and Susan Johnston and Sylvia and Robert Slater.