Parties, Etc. for Sunday April 29, 2018
CELEBRATING THE BORENS!
Tribute and celebration: University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren and his wife, Molly Shi Boren, were honored and toasted for OU outstanding leadership at a Celebration Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. OU Vice President Clarke Stroud gave the welcome and toast to the couple. The OU Band arrived for a rendition of "Boomer Sooner" and Skye Singleton led the OU Chant.
Speaker: Author and historian David McCullough spoke on the legacy of Boren Leadership at OU as 1,700 gathered for the grand occasion. “Boren has given 51 years of public service and changed countless lives," McCullough noted. “He has been greatly encouraged by Molly,” he added. "His most admirable quality is his sincerity in forgiving other people. He forgives and moves on.” To me, what stands out is that David has maintained a prominent role in the classroom. Teachers are among the most important people among us. They are doing the work that matters. David has faith in education and following his retirement he will continue teaching. Bravo, David,” he said.
In response: The president noted the people in the room and what they have meant to him and Molly. “Education has changed our lives and you have been such a part of it. We're all here to take a bow. We know that our university will live on and grow stronger and stronger in the years to come. Live on, university,” he said.
Video: A video featured personal tributes to the Borens from dozens of friends throughout the country and state, including Tripp Hall and Ann and Burns Hargis.
Food/flowers: Large bouquets of roses, Gerber daisies, tulips, hydrangeas, peonies and lilies were on the tables and dinner was green garlic marinated sirloin, smoked butter potatoes and lemon Brussels sprouts. Dessert was grilled pound cake with fresh berries and cream.
Other celebration activities: President Boren's statue was unveiled the next day in the garden west of the Oklahoma Memorial Union and the president's concert was held in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall on Sunday featuring The OU Symphony Orchestra and OU combined Choirs, plus featured soloists.
Seen: Guests at the party included Helen and Dr. Jack Woodward; Ed Kelley, Barbara and Judge Ralph Thompson, Carol and Bob Stoops, Catherine Bishop, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Katy and Mike Powers, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Steve Calonkey, Tripp Hall, Bette Jo and Frank Hill, Joe Castiglione, Lincoln Riley, Jody and Joe Foote, Jose Freede, Lee-Ann Graham, Jaime Holt, Dr. David Kendrick, Dr. Christina Kendrick, Karen and Andy Rieger, Amy Sallusti, Yvette Walker, Cindi Shelby, Paul Massad, Becky and Neil Heeney, Peg Malloy, Lee Allan Smith, Nanette and Nick Hathaway, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Krista and David Wise, Amy and Christopher Harrell, Kate Stanton, Mary Anne Malone, Charles Lutz and Jill Quintana Hughes.
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HIS TAKE ON POLITICS
Dinner: The annual Citizenship Award Dinner put on by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs was held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Greg Guttfeld, book author, co-host of Fox News “The Five” and host of “The Greg Gutfeld Show” gave the keynote address about national politics.
Award winners: Paul Allen and David McLaughlin received the Citizenship Award and Larry Parman was the presenter. Jonathan Small is OCPA president.
PANHELLENIC WOMEN OF THE YEAR
Luncheon: The Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Association was host for the Women of the Year luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Women from 18 sororities were honored. Amy Edwards was emcee. Proceeds go toward funding of scholarships for senior high school girls.
Color scheme: This year's theme was “You Are Music To Our Ears.” There were pink geranium centerpieces and the color scheme was pink, black and white.
Honorees: Introduced were Nicole Harvey, Alpha Chi Omega; Amy Kanelakos Taylor, Alpha Delta Pi; Keri Thompson, Alpha Gamma Delta: Paula Cagigal, Alpha Omicron Pi; Teresa Pults Franklin, Alpha Phi; Meghan Nichole Macias, Alpha Xi Delta; Jamie Teel Fuller, Chi Omega; Wendy Simpson, Delta Delta Delta; Kathleen Brady Stanton, Delta Gamma; Shana Silas McHaffey, Delta Zeta; Beth Hixon Kerr, Gamma Phi Beta; LeAnn Wheeler Lienhard, Kappa Alpha Theta; Paige Nicole Fruits, Kappa Delta; Kay Goebel, Kappa Kappa Gamma; Lori Shelton Dobson, Phi Mu; Cindi Myers Shelby, Pi Beta Phi; Cyndi Munson, Sigma Kappa; and Melanie Dustin Anthony, Zeta Tau Alpha.
GUEST DAY TEA
Tea: Oklahoma Art League celebrated past presidents at a Guest Day Tea in the Parish Hall at All Souls Episcopal Church.
Tulips: The tea table was decorated with an antique lace cloth topped with exquisite and colorful Sevres china pieces from a private china collection which were filled with tulips. On the menu were chicken salad and cucumber sandwiches, scones with lemon curd and chocolate-laced cookies, along with raspberry dunkers, to go with the French caramel crème brulee tea.
On the program: Ann Costello, project chairman, presented a donation to Alexa Healey, education director at Artspace. The money is for Emerson High School students for art experiences and film classes. Michael Baron, artistic director of Lyric Theater, was speaker.
JRB ART AT THE ELMS
Opening reception: Carlos Tello and Janice Mathews-Gordon were the featured artists at the early April opening at JRB Art at the Elms. Also showing their artwork were working professionals part two “After Hours.” Included were Dr. Alan Atkinson, Ike Bennett, Scott Cowan, Heather Lunsford, Dede Minikes, Molly O'Connor, John Seward and Pam Troup. These exhibitions will be in place through today.
At the party: Chef Ryan Parrott of Picasso's Café prepared appetizers, including fruit and cheese trays, risotto croquettes, white queso, hummus, tapenades and herbed-mozzarella flatbread.
Guests: Among the partygoers included Sally Bentley, Nancy Coats, Kelley Barnes, Renata and Chuck Wiggins, Danielle and Sandy Coats, Beverly Chansolme, Atkinson, Susan Atkinson, Laura and Mike McGinnis, Brooke Haneborg, Amanda Bleakley, Scott Raab, Debby and Jimmy Goodman, Lisa Penton, Cowan, Mathews-Gordon, Kevin Gordon, Beth and Jim Tolbert, Joe Kernke, Terri Cooper, Franci Hart, Nancy Sharrock, Alison Taylor, Laurie and John Stansbury, Claudia Small, Connie Ellison, Christy and Jim Everest, Dana and Randall Shadid, John Brandenburg, Janet Massad, Gayle Bollinger, Connie and Bob Bright, Porter Morgan, George Wilson, Debbie and Don Cowan, and Dennis Johnson.