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Parties, Etc.: June 18, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace

Beaux Arts Ball

Tradition: Beaux Arts Ball debutantes took a break from summer jobs, internships and vacations on June 7 for curtsy practice, for newspaper photos and for two parties in their honor. On Nov. 25 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 25 young women who are sophomores attending college will be introduced to society. Their fathers will present them. There will be 20 young men, all college juniors, who are escorts. Traditionally, besides the women and men, there is a Beaux Arts Ball King who is crowned during the formal evening. He is a local community leader.

The photo shoot and bow practice were at the OCG&CC.

Reception: One of the parties honoring debutantes, escorts and ball committee members was held at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and was hosted by board members and CEO Michael Whittington. The November ball benefits the acquisition fund for the Museum.

Whittington gave the opening remarks and then introduced Susan Jordan, ball chairman, who thanked the participating families in the ball and also the museum board for hosting the reception. She also spoke about the history that the Beaux Arts has with the museum and about the 33-piece Beaux Arts art collection that is on permanent display at the museum.

Jordan introduced last year's ball chairman, Kristen Bohanon, who presented museum board chairman Judge Jerome Holmes with a check. He accepted the check and thanked Nancy Ellis, a longtime patron and board member, for providing the debutantes and escorts with a framed picture of the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower by Dale Chihuly, which was commissioned by the Beaux Arts and is located at the entrance of the Museum.

First party of the ball season: Following the reception, the debutantes and escorts went to Park House for an 8 p.m. until midnight event. Hostesses were 12 of the debutantes: Maren Cottrell, Sarah Covington, Dylan Dobson, Annie Dunn, Kate Ellis, Grace Griffin, Ann Joullian, Mackenzie Kenney, Ann Nordin, Elizabeth Reynolds, Avery Timberlake and Megan Trachtenberg.

The theme for this first party featured Pop Art invitations with photos of the hostesses in Warhol fashion and Warhol sayings such as “ones company, twos a crowd and threes a party” and invited guests to come for our “15 minutes of fame.”

Squad Live Band performed and there was a photo art graffiti wall for guests to illustrate their photos.

2017 Debutantes: The Beaux Arts Ball debutantes, colleges and parents are: Claire Bizzell Abbott, San Diego State University, Maria and Dr. Craig Abbott; Claire Judith Cameron, New York University, Laura Love, William Cameron; Katherine Margaret Cassidy, John Brown University, Meridith and Dr. Francis Cassidy Jr.; Elizabeth Anne Cassidy, DePaul University, Meridith and Dr. Francis Cassidy Jr.; Maren Amelia Cottrell, Texas Christian University, Amy and David Cottrell; Sarah Cannon Covington, Sewanee-University of the South, Lucy and John Covington; Katherine Jane Cox, University of Oklahoma, Ann Salyer Cox, Dr. James Cox Jr.; Paige Sheridan Crowley, Texas Christian University, Amy and Kevin Crowley; Hannah Elaine Cunningham, University of Colorado, Mindy and Paul Brown III, Stanley Cunningham; Salli Nicole Denner, University of Central Oklahoma, Libby and David Denner; Annie Frances Dunn, University of Oklahoma, Vionette and John Dunn; Dylan Sierra Dobson, Wake Forest University, Tiffany and Gregg Eichner; and Isabella Slayden Dunning, University of Oklahoma, Jennifer and Richard Dunning.

Also, Kathleen Bolton Ellis, University of Alabama, Michelle Ellis, Michael Ellis; Catherine Claire Fraley, University of Oklahoma, Cheryl and Thomas Fraley; Grace Holly Griffin, Texas Christian University, Kristen and David Griffin; Ann Preston Joullian, Southern Methodist University, Carol and Carey Joullian IV; Mackenzie Ann Kenney, University of Oklahoma, Marcy and Christopher Kenney; Mackenzie McClure Lilly, University of Oklahoma, Millonn and Steven Lilly; Morgan Danielle Meacham, Oklahoma State University, Kelley and Gregory Meacham; Ann Marie Nordin, Southern Methodist University, Lee Ann and J. Michael Nordin; Isabella Marguerite Ostrowe, University of Oklahoma, Camilla and David Ostrowe; Elizabeth Phelps Reynolds, Clemson University Angela and Brian Ferguson, David Reynolds; Avery Nicole Timberlake, Texas Christian University, Angela and James Timberlake; and Megan Hope Trachtenberg, University of Georgia, Yvette and Randall Trachtenberg.

2017 Escorts: The Beaux Arts Ball escorts, colleges and parents are: James Finley Bennett, University of Arkansas, Laurie and Mark Bennett; Bill Christian Cohlmia, University of Oklahoma, Lee and John Cohlmia; Charles John Eckman, St. Edwards University, Susan and Dr. Charles Eckman; Thomas Gregory Fleming, Oklahoma State University, Ellen and Timothy Fleming; John Warren George, Santa Monica College, Alecia and Kevin George; Dan Hogan IV, University of Oklahoma, Ciane and Bradford Hogan IV; Emory John Hood, University of Oklahoma, Laura and Henry Hood; Warren Robert Hoover, University of Oklahoma, Kristin Hoover, Robert Hoover III; Michael Andrew Johnson Jr., New York University, Carol and Michael Johnson; Luke Frank Johnston, University of Oklahoma, Erin and Craig Johnston; and William Paul Leinhard, Oklahoma Christian University, LeAnn and Paul Leinhard.

Also, Marshall Scott Lucas, Southern Methodist University, Debra and Dr. Scott Lucas; Matthew Lee McLaughlin, University of Oklahoma, Elizabeth and Timothy McLaughlin; Benjamin Lingen Meiring, University of Central Oklahoma, Ann Linnell Halloran, Stacey and Pieter Meiring; Christopher Baron O'Connor, Xavier University-Cincinnati, Kimara and William O'Connor; Jacob Patrick Rainbolt, University of Oklahoma, Kim and David Rainbolt; Connor Quaid Scott, University of Oklahoma, Susan and Gerald Scott; Hunter Stanton Stack, Portland State University, Mary and Stan Stack; Pendleton Tain Tompkins, University of Oklahoma, Michelle and Dr. John Tompkins; and Joseph Gregory Wheeler, University of Oklahoma, Janine and Gregory Wheeler.

Related Photos
Beaux Arts Ball debutantes, from left, Mackenzie Kenney, Hannah Cunningham, Elizabeth Reynolds, Isabella Dunning and Katherine Cassidy at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Beaux Arts Ball debutantes, from left, Mackenzie Kenney, Hannah Cunningham, Elizabeth Reynolds, Isabella Dunning and Katherine Cassidy at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Helen Ford Wallace

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for... Read more ›

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