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.
COWBOY-STYLE WITH FLAIR
Event: Cirque du Cyclone.
Presented by: Casady Parents' Organization.
To benefit: Improving Casady School's Education Experience.
Where: Casady School Bennett Athletic Center Grantham-Griffing Field House.
The evening: Cocktails, compliments of Dick and Jeannette Sias and Joullian Vineyards, buffet dinner by Ned's Catering, live auction, raffle drawing and music by Mockingbird Sun.
Chairmen: Cristy Mobley and Sarah Van Stone were auction co-chairmen. Christopher C. Bright is headmaster.
Event: Shiloh Camp Fundraiser.
Sponsors: Jerry and Carleen Burger, who held the event in their home.
Entertainment: Soloist Kally Rey and Tony “DJ Intellect'' Durant.
Catered by: Kyle's 1025 restaurant.
Executive director: Stephan Moore.
Seen: Serge Ibaka, Anthony David, Rebekah and Ryan Ward, Grant Eisner, Erin and Craig Johnston, Bethany and Fred Neighbors.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Event: Beaux Arts Kick-off Meeting.
Where: Home of Leslie Russell.
Who: Russell is 2013 Beaux Arts Ball Chairman and Lauren Sullivan is co-chairman.
Event: Oklahoma City PEO Founder's Day Luncheon.
Where: Quail Creek Golf & Country Club.
What: Promotes educational opportunities for women. The organization has awarded more than $238.5 million in educational grants, loans, awards and special projects.