Parties, Etc.: Feb. 19, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace
EVENING OF EXCELLENCE DINNER
Excellent event: Members of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association were hosts for a black-tie dinner recognizing Jeanne Hoffman Smith, clinical social worker and philanthropist; and Dr. J. Andy Sullivan, pediatric orthopedic surgeon. The dinner was at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. A cocktail reception was held prior to dinner and the honorees met with their friends, family and OU Alumni.
Prestigious awards: Smith was presented the Dean's Award for Distinguished Community Service. She was introduced by Dr. Terrence Stull. Sullivan received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Medical Service and was introduced by Dr. Jerry Vannata. Dr. M Dewayne Andrews, Executive Dean of the College of Medicine, presided.
On the program: Dr. Stravros Stavrakis, College of Medicine Research Scholar, talked about the research program which the dinner benefited.
Dinner committee: Aimee Harlow was dinner chairman and Suzanne Reynold was vice chairman. Committee members included Janie Axton, Kristen Brown, Nazette Zuhdi Cleaver, Dina Hammam, Kirk Hammons, Barbara Jett, Elizabeth Jett, Andrea Jones, Kay Oliver, Lisa Pierce, Suzanne Reynolds, Alix Samara, Leslie Samara, Jeary Seikel, Gayle Semtner, Denna Sylvester and Leigh Woody.
CELEBRATION AT THE SEMTNERS
Party: A birthday party for Gayle Semtner celebrated her “Medicare Card” and was held in Semtner's beautiful new home in Quail Creek. Husband Barney Semtner was host for the evening.
Food and flowers: Bouquets of roses and stephanotis were on the buffet table and throughout the house. Individual birthday cakes were served, along with tenderloin, cheese tortes and vegetables and dips.
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Happy birthday: The group paused during the party to sing "Happy Birthday" to the honoree.
Brunch: Members of the Greater Oklahoma Alumnae Panhellenic Association met in the home of Kim Wallace. Hostesses were members of Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Kappa sororities.
Décor: Red and pink hearts decorated the table and the room. A buffet of fruit, sweet rolls and egg casserole were served.
Program: The group talked about the upcoming Panhellenic Woman of the Year luncheon set for April 5 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.
EVENING OF ACCOLADES
Banquet: The Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber members were hosts for the annual Evening of Accolades Banquet at Vast. The sold-out awards ceremony honored members and businesses. Awards were Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Small Business, Business of the Year, Hall of Honor and the Legacy Award.
Recipients: Award winners were First Enterprise Bank, Business of the Year; Lilygrass Flowers & Decor, Outstanding Small Business; Lawrence Ross, LMRoss, Chairman's Award; Land Roofing Enterprises, Outstanding New Member; Doug McClure, Volunteer of the Year; Brian Hancock, Ambassador of the Year; Marla Mercer Cole, Mercer Adams Funeral Service, Leadership in Action Award.
More awards: The Legacy Award was presented to Dr. Loren Gresham for his 50 years of service to the northwest Oklahoma City community. The Hall of Honor was given to Connie Thrash McGoodwin, Executive Director of Dale Rogers Training Center.
COLONIAL DAMES LUNCHEON
Luncheon: William Rives Colonial Dames met at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club for a luncheon.
Performing: Brazilian-born pianist Aline Boyd played for the group. She is currently on staff at the Oklahoma City Performing Academy and is part of the Piano Preparatory Department of Oklahoma Baptist University.
Keynote speaker: Susan Weidley Webb from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic discussed the history of the Philharmonic and the current developments in the search for a new music director.
Event: Choctaw High School's AFJROTC members were hosts for the annual Military Ball at their Boren Activity Center. 220 cadets, guests and visitors from eight AFJROTC units were introduced as they walked through the saber arch and were greeted by a receiving line. The high schools represented were Choctaw, Crooked Oak, Southeast, Edmond North, Putnam City, John Marshall, Carl Albert and Midwest City.
Formal start: On the agenda was the Presentation of the Colors, singing of the national anthem, tribute to POW/MIAs and the invocation.
The cake: After dinner and the cutting of the cake, dancing started. Cutting of the cake signified the end of the formal portion of the carnival-themed Military Ball.