Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: February 22, 2002

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: February 22, 2002

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Continuing its efforts to fund a community outreach program, the Orthopaedic & Reconstructive Research Foundation is sponsoring its annual Hands Across the World benefit. This year's theme is Cowboys and Indians.

Scheduled March 9 at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, the benefit will offer cocktails, a private art showing, an auction and dinner. Black tie is optional for the party, which will begin at 7 p.m.

The foundation sponsors W.O.R.K. Clinic, a community outreach program providing free orthopedic and arthritis care to uninsured working Oklahomans. Reservations are $125 per person with reserved tables of eight available for $1,000. Checks payable to Hands Around the World may be mailed to the foundation at 1044 SW 44th St., Suite 403, Oklahoma City 73109.

Oklahoma's native wildlife, western and Native American art will be featured, along with works by legendary Oklahoma artists.

Platinum sponsors of the benefit include R.J. Amin, Chris Codding, Joseph Grillo, Houshang Seradge and C.L. Soo, all physicians. Gold sponsors are Jeff and Lori Blumenthal, Centocor Inc., and Pharmacia. Silver sponsors include B Creative Inc., Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Quick Print and The Journal Record.

Legendary tappers

Nine American tap dance legends will receive honorary doctorates from Oklahoma City University at a gala celebration Saturday. John Bedford, dean of OCU's School of American Dance and Arts Management, and Jo Rowan, chairman of the Dance Department, are in charge of arrangements for the event, being presented in conjunction with the Robert L. Reed Tap Heritage Institute. Reed is an artist in residence at OCU.

Tap performers who will be honored are Leonard Reed, Fayard Nicholas, Henry LeTang, Cholly Atkins, Jeni LeGon, Bunny Briggs, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown and Prince Spencer.

The evening will include a banquet and will culminate in a high- spirited tap jam, where the honorees and others will have the opportunity to show and share tap steps.

For additional information or to attend, call 521-5322.

Speaking of OCU, the university has just received a $2 million joint gift of stock from Marjorie J. Norick and the late Frances Norick Lilly to establish a scholarship fund for art students and an expansion fund for the Norick Art Center on the OCU campus. Groundbreaking for the expansion is planned for later this spring, according to Tom McDaniel, OCU president. The women are aunts of former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, who is a trustee of OCU. The Norick Art Center opened in 1985 and the construction will expand its space by 5,000 square feet.

Space Hall of Fame

March 15 is the deadline for nominating someone for induction into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame for 2002. Nominations should go to Omniplex, 2100 NE 52nd St., Oklahoma City 73111-7198, attention Stuart Howard. …

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