Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Smilin' in the Rain

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Smilin' in the Rain

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They weren't exactly singin' in the rain Saturday night but they were laughing and talking and eating and drinking and making big bids on auction items at the annual Zoobilations party. Sponsored by and benefiting the Oklahoma Zoological Society, which provides support for the Oklahoma City Zoo, the dinner and auction was outside around the Cat Forest/Lion Overlook at the Zoo.

And rain it did. Well, some called it a heavy mist but it did manage to soak everyone's hair, clothes, the tablecloths and napkins, the auction programs, the dance floor, the party guests and the bands -- even the food on the outdoor buffet. Have you ever had soggy tortilla chips with your salsa? Not the best. However, everyone was so glad to see rain that no one complained.

A few smart folks like John and Berta Faye Rex brought umbrellas. Dottie Lammerts, past president of OZS, had her plastic rain poncho but hubby Bob Lammerts was on his own to protect his straw hat from the rain. Others there sharing umbrellas or huddling under the eaves of the concession stands included Doug and Peggy Cummings, John Kirkpatrick, dentist Jim Lowe, Dr. Bob and Millie Sukman, Alice and Phil Pippin, Jane Harlow, Jim Vallion, who made the winning bid for the giant basket of more than 100 Beanie Babies, artist Laura Warriner, attorney Howard K. Berry and wife, Karen; Max Knotts and his bride, Clay and Louise Bennett, Mex Frates and Jeanette and Dick Sias, he wearing a straw hat sporting a painting of a Blue-Legged Booby (that's a bird, we guess). Overseeing it all was OZS executive director Patrick Alexander.

Cox Communications' Mark Kanter, OZS president, had prepared clever videos promoting each auction item but not everyone stayed to see them. However, bidding went well on most items so people obviously had come specifically for them. The omelet party for 24, donated each year to lucky charities by George Seminoff and Sias, went for well over $3,000. And that was item No. 12, the final auction prize, so you know someone really wanted it to stay that long.

Good things happen

A couple of months ago, TV Guide magazine had a cover story about The Practice being the best show on television "that no one was watching." Well, evidently someone watched because the lawyer drama, produced by David E. Kelley, won the Emmy for best dramatic series.

And Camryn Manheim, who has the role of one of the law firm's attorneys, took home an Emmy for best supporting actress in a dramatic series. She was so excited in her acceptance and drew great applause from the audience when she held her Emmy above her head and shouted "This is for the fat girls." Manheim could be called heavyset but now you also can call her an award-winning actress.

Kelley also writes Ally McBeal, another series about lawyers and was nominated for Emmys for both his series. …

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