WISH UPON A STAR
Event: Sixth Annual Wish Luncheon.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
To benefit: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.
What: A crowded room of guests made the rounds of the room bidding on handbags, accessories and gift baskets. Traditionally, items are donated by boutiques, individuals and celebrities. Some of the donors this year were Ann Hargis, Becky Switzer, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Nelson, Mary Hart, Miranda Lambert, Ree Drummond, Sherry Brooks, Shirley Jones, Trisha Yearwood and Wes Welker. Meg Alexander welcomed the crowd and honorary chairman Brooks spoke. Wish recipient Lorelei Decker spoke about her ongoing battle with cancer and how thrilled she was to be a recipient and get a chance to interact with the Thunder players and coaches. A live auction followed before lunch was served.
Money raised: $60,000.
Event committee headed by Brooks: Angela Cox. Shannon Edwards, Courtney Eilerts, Becca Giles, Lauren Grady, Kandy Hadley, Lenice Keim, Laura Meyers, Whitney Moss, Jessica Ockershauser, Shannon Presti, Allison Williams.
WOMEN WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Event: 55th Annual Byliner Awards Dinner.
Where: Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Presented by: The Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications.
To benefit: Proceeds provide scholarships for collegiate women pursuing communications-related degrees at Oklahoma colleges and universities as well as education programming to AWC members.
Special: Joan Gilmore was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Others receiving awards: Brenda Jones Barwick, Carol Jean Gray, The Honorable Noma Gurich, Denise Northrup, The Honorable Reta Strubhar and Marnie Taylor.
LENDING A HAND
Event: Impact Oklahoma Membership Recruitment Reception.
Where: Rococo Restaurant, Northpark.
About: Since its inception in 2005 Impact Oklahoma has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in central Oklahoma. The number of grants given annually by Impact Oklahoma is contingent upon the number of members who join. One hundred percent of membership dues goes directly toward grant awards. The goal is to secure 500 members annually in order to allow the number of $100,000 grants to increase to five.
Event: Juliette Low Leadership Society Wrap Up.
Where: Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Mary Nichols Family Leadership Center.
Hosted by: Co-chairmen Anne Gray and Myrla Pierson.
What: Gray and Pierson announced the amount raised at the JLLS Luncheon as $284,441 with 446 attending.
Attending: LaDonna Meinders, Joan Maguire, Ann Johnstone, Sarah Sears, Charlotte Richels, Kay Goebel, Linda Garrett, Ann Cameron, Ann-Clore Duncan, Karen Luke, Kathy Matthews, Rachel Shortt, Linda Whittington; Girl Scout staff Shannon Evers, Crystal Slater and Kari Ames.
Event: My Story…My Song, Guidance, Faith, Courage and Hope.
Sponsored by: Alzheimer's Association.
Entertainment: Ambassador's Choir.
Speaker: Ron Grant, diagnosed with Alzheimer's five years ago and a member of the Azheimer's Association Early Stage Advisory Panel.
MEET AND GREET
Event: Redbud Women's Club Annual Mid-Winter Buffet.
Where: Home of Annette Basey.
Program: Charlotte Rutledge read the memoirs of her great-great-great grandfather about his life on the prairie during the early 1800s.
DANCING FOR A CAUSE
What: OKState Dance Marathon for Children's Hospital Foundation.
Inspiring: More than 700 Oklahoma State University students danced for 12 straight hours to raise $45,583 for Oklahoma's children.
Event: Allied Arts Honorary Chairmen Party.
Where: Vast restaurant.
Honored: The Norick family.
What: Around 250 top individual donors attended to honor the Noricks for their contributions to the local arts community. Campaign co-chairmen John Richels and Judy Hatfield and board chairmen James Pickel spoke to the guests and presented the Noricks with a giclee from Mike Larsen.
What: Launching of Sunbeam Family Services Capital Campaign.
Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
Sponsored by: Bank of Oklahoma.
Need to know: Sunbeam Family Services announced the launching of its “New Home, Forever Family” Capital Campaign for the organization's relocation to 1411 N Classen Blvd. The group has raised $8.4 million of its $12 million goal.