Parties, Etc.: July 1, 2018: Helen Ford Wallace
ACADEMIC AWARDS BANQUET
Banquet: The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence's 32nd Academic Awards Banquet was held in Norman to honor 100 of the state's top public high school seniors and five educators in Oklahoma's schools. The event was at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. The theme was “Empowered by Learning.”
Speaker: Johann Neem, Western Washington University Professor and author of “Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America,” was the keynote speaker. Dick Pryor was guest master of ceremonies. Andrew J. Morris was chairman of the dinner. David L. Boren is OFE chairman.
2018 awards: The Oklahoma Medal of Excellence Awards were presented to Brandi Caldwell, Norman, elementary teaching; Janet Johnson, Sand Springs, secondary teaching; Ronia Davison, Muskogee, elementary/secondary administration; Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, Durant, regional university/community college teaching, and Dr. Tyler Ley, Stillwater, research university teaching. The recipients received $5,000 and a glass “Roots and Wings” sculpture created by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts and produced by Tim Brown, Edmond.
More awards: Also presented were merit-based Academic All-State Scholarships of $1,000 and medallions to 100 Academic All-State scholars. The students come from 82 schools in 74 Oklahoma school districts. The honorees were selected from 536 nominations.
Musical entertainment: The 1,000 guests were entertained by the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra.
A little history: OFE was founded in 1985 by then-U.S. Sen. David L. Boren to recognize and encourage academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools. The foundation has awarded $4.6 million in merit-based scholarships and cash awards to outstanding graduating seniors and exceptional educators.
HONORING SUNNY AND ADAM
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Party: A wedding shower honored Sunny Cearley and Adams Brooks recently. Judy Hatfield was hostess in her loft at Carnegie Centre. 40 people attended the event and Nourished Food Bar in Carnegie Centre provided food. Wine and Santa Fe beer and a specialty drink of watermelon and mint was served in martini glasses. The couple married recently in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
At the party: Among the guests were Paula Love, Mary Melon, Deborah Senner, Frederick Redwine, Heather and Bob Ross, Todd Lechtenberger, Debby Hampton, Cathy O'Connor, Nicole and Ron Witherspoon, Adam Rumsey, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Amanda and Nathanial Harding, Robin and Brad Krieger, Cynthia and John Reid, and Kathy and John Michael Williams.
Special: One of the couple's favorite artists, Catherine Freshley, held an art show during the evening.
Tea: Friends met for tea at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and for a tour of the new exhibit Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art From Paper. They enjoyed seeing the artist's beautiful life-size renditions of trompe l'oeil paper costumes. The four fashion collections presented together are Papiers a la Mode, a look at 300 years of fashion history; The World of Mariano Fortuny, Fashions from 20th century Venice; Splendor of the Medici, figures dressed in ceremonial dress from Florence; and Les Ballets Russes, a tribute to Sergei Diaghilev, Pablo Picasso, Leon Bakst and Henri Matisse, who designed for the ballet company.
Menu: Teas were offered in white ceramic tea pots with honey, clotted cream and fresh lemons. Scones, fruit tarts, chocolate truffles were served on a three-tiered silver tray. Gerber daisies were flower centerpieces. Party favors were artistic cards that could be colored with the accompanying pencils.
Friends: At tea were Libby Blankenship, Pat Edwards, Joan Frages, Cathy Keating, Margy Messenbaugh, Joan Gilmore, Sarah Hogan and Judy Jordan. They met in the museum lobby for a tour guided by Frates and then had tea and discussed the special exhibit that they had seen.
AN EVENING WITH ISABELLE
Preview party: Sixty exhibition and season sponsors attended the reception at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art featuring Isabelle de Borchgrave who created the current exhibition Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art From Paper. The artist from Brussels talked about the collection and spent time with the guests. The exhibition, featuring life-size hand-painted paper costumes, will be on display through Sept. 9.
Decor: Dramatic draping set the scene for the party and European-inspired small plates and desserts were served by the Museum Café. A string quartet played.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Party: Members of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League were hosts for a new member welcome party in the home of Linda and Patrick Alexander. New members were introduced to the various opportunities of the Orchestra League service projects.
Menu: Susie Booth catered the food, which included cheesecake topped with diced tomatoes, phyllo cups filled with seafood, assorted dips, pecan pie triangles, brownies and lemon bars.