Event: YWCA Capital Campaign Kickoff.
Venue: Top of the Devon Tower.
To Benefit: Women's and Children's Domestic Violence Shelter.
Amount Raised: $11,081,000 toward $15 million goal.
The Evening: Guests were whisked in elevators to the 50th floor of the Devon Tower in a matter of a few seconds to attend this special evening. A spectacular edifice of marble and glass offered views that seemed to go on forever. At night the masses of distant blinking lights was breathtaking and reminded one of a science-fiction scene. Numerous food stations offered gourmet buffet fare. Extended seating areas provided extra seating and videos of the live program in the main room. Tall urns held sophisticated arrangements in yellow and green. Dressed in matching lavender suits, the 411 Band provided music. Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett took the podium along with campaign chairmen and organizers to explain the mission of the campaign and to announce the amount raised by corporate and private donations. Also, participation in the public portion of the campaign was stressed.
Chairmen: Tricia Everest, Kris Frankfurt, David Hudiburg, Rita Moore, Charlotte Richels, Lela Sullivan.
Presenting Sponsor: Devon Energy.
Seen: Ann Alspaugh, Jim Vallion, Gene Rainbolt and Charlotte Lankard, Leslie and Cliff Hudson, LaDonna and Herman Meinders, Pat Wright, Cathy and Kurt Leichter, Barry and Anne Gray, Pat Green, Ed and Carole Kelley, Stewart and Sandy Myers, Carolyn and John Coffey, Mary Nichols, Polly and Larry Nichols, Charlotte and John Richels, Wade Christensen and Gov. Mary Fallin, Meg Salyer, Donna and Bruce Lawrence, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Linda and Bill Rodgers, Judy Love, Ann Johnstone, Mike and Lynn Kelly, Karen and Bob Browne, Annie Bohanon, Henry Browne, Judy Lembeck, Jeaneen and Bob Naifeh, Linda and Steve Garrett and Rita Moore.
MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION
Event: Choices 2012.
Presented By: Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma celebrating 75 years of service in Oklahoma County.
Where: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
The Evening: Dinner, art sale and silent auction. Thirty artists participated in the art sale and Denise Duong was the featured artist.
Chairmen: Debby Burns and Lizzie Daniel.
Event: blu Galaxy Party.
Where: Devon Boathouse.
What: The evening included food, live entertainment, racing under the lights and a fireworks extravaganza.
To Benefit: Youth rowing and athletes of the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center.
Event: Water4 Foundation Pioneering Spirit Gala.
Where: Skirvin Hilton Hotel.
Hosted by: Jennie Garth, Sandi Patty, Kathi Yeager, J.C. Watts.
About: The Water4Foundation is a public charity based out of Oklahoma City and founded by Dick and Terri Greenly with the mission to not only provide water to at-risk, impoverished areas but also to teach and provide employment opportunities through inexpensive pumps and drilling methods.
Event: Journey for World Neighbors Gala.
Where: Farmers Market.
What: An international evening which included recognizing honorees, international cuisine, shopping for fair trade products and international entertainment.
For Fun: A number of guests wore international clothing.
Chairmen: Steve and Beth Kerr.