Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Moulin Rouge, Oui!

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Moulin Rouge, Oui!

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Shades of Toulouse-Lautrec! This year's Heart Ball will have a Moulin Rouge theme, which will go so far as to offer a trip to Paris as one of the auction items.

Scheduled April 1, the gala black-tie party, a benefit for the American Heart Association, will be at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Dick and Barbara Kerrick are chairing the evening, which will include cocktails, dinner, dancing and the live and silent auctions

A highlight of the live auction will be a major painting by Oklahoma City artist Burton M. Hands, entitled "Spring Morning." Hands' work may be found in collections in the United States and Europe and in such galleries as the Cultural Center, Genouilly, France; Tulsa's Philbrook Museum, the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., and the Knickerbocker Exhibition, New York City. Locally, his paintings may be seen at the Howell Gallery.

Patrons and underwriters of the Heart Ball will be entertained at an invitational reception in the home of Dr. Susan Chambers and Dr. Kyle Toal the night before the ball.

Platinum sponsor of Moulin Rouge is SSM Healthcare (Mission Hill, Bone and Joint Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, Hillcrest Health Center). Silver sponsors include Eureka Water, Kerr-McGee and OK Lighting Sales. Corporate Champions are Bank of America, Bank of Oklahoma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Community Care HMO, Deaconess Hospital, Gidant, Heritage Trust, Integris Health, Local Oklahoma Bank, Merck, Mercy Health Center, Simons Petroleum and University Health Partners.

Among committee members for the annual ball are Dr. Jon and Janie Axton, Bob and Dede Benham, Sheila and Brad Crow, Ann Reniers Lee and Ann-Marie Mee.

Patron reservations are $600 per couple and corporate tables are $5,000 for a table of 10. Checks made out to the American Heart Association may be mailed to 3545 NW 58th St., Suite 400C, Oklahoma City 73112.

Evening of elegance

Official title of the evening was Evening of Excellence and that it was. Also, it was an elegant evening, with more than 800 guests jammed into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame ballroom. The room never looked lovelier with centerpieces of Stargazer lillies in palest pinks. They matched exactly the pink satin evening suit worn by honoree Mex Frates. The awards dinner is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni Association each year, with proceeds earmarked for its Research Fund. To date, more than $1 million has been provided for local physicians and researchers.

Honored with Mex were Dr. Ed Brandt and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which was represented by Foundation trustee Linda Lambert. I think the whole audience agreed with her when she said to Mex, "When I grow up, I want to be just like you."

Sarah Hogan was presenter for Mex and did her presentation in verse, which delighted both the honoree and the audience. …

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