Parties, Etc.: April 16, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace
Happy birthday, Brian
Cheers and beers: Brian Tibbs was the honoree at a birthday party “Happy Hour” given by his wife Julie in their home. It celebrated his 60th birthday.
Music/menu: Mark Bruner, of Tulsa, provided music and Ted's Mexican food was served.
Party: Jeanne Hoffman Smith entertained at a dinner for poet and playwright Simon Armitage, of Oxford, England, who was in town to speak at Oklahoma City University as part of the Documentary Series “Why Art Matters.” It was the 19th year for the event, which is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. Armitage gave poetry readings, as well as enthusiastically rang the huge dinner bell in Smith's backyard when it was time to eat.
Dinner: Dinner featured some British dishes, including Gouda pasta, English peas, Waldorf salad with English walnuts, Yorkshire pudding and English toffee.
Oklahoma Mothers Association
Mother of the year: Anita Webb, founder of Santa's Cause who is also active with Birth Choice, was named 2017 American Mothers Oklahoma Mother of the Year at the State Capitol. Gov. Mary Fallin, state Sen. Stephanie Bice and Rep. Kevin Calvey attended the event.
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Also recognized: The group also acknowledged Barbara and Judge Ralph Thompson. Barbara was the 1995 National Mother of the Year and will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Mothers. Webb and Barbara Thompson will be recognized at the AM National Convention in Washington, D.D. at the end of the month.
At the event: The Oklahoma winner of the American Mothers National 5th grade essay contest on “What My Mother Means to Me,” Kember Sloat, of Enid, also was present and read her winning essay. Shouna Olson and Pam Kanaly are co-presidents of the Oklahoma Mothers Association and presided over the ceremony.
Very Special Conference
Luncheon: Mike Turpen spoke on “Funnybone, Backbone, Wishbone: How to Raise Money for Nonprofits” at a luncheon during the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Conference on Nonprofit Law & Finance. The group partnered with Philanthropy Southwest, sponsored in part by HoganTaylor, Potts Family Foundation and Wells Fargo Advisors, and was hosted by Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Two-day conference: The conference featured speakers on topics including legal compliance, charitable giving, financial oversight, Oklahoma policy and advocacy, cultural competency and cyber security.