Article: Tulsa World: Stars brighten Painted Pony Ball

By | November 17, 2008

It’s going to be Hanson and that means it is going to be big.

The third running of the Painted Pony Ball on Nov. 21 at Expo Center Park Hall has it all.

Star power — the Tulsa brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac; Red Steagall, a multitalented show business personality who has won the Wrangler Award for original music five times; and Dean Fearing, the father of Southwestern cuisine and owner of Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas.

Together, that rates five stars for great entertainment and fabulous food.

And the cause is remarkable — The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis, a state-of-the-art facility and hospital-within-a-hospital.

Cathey and Mike Barkley, who is also chairman of the board at St. Francis, are event chairmen. Suzanne Warren is honorary chairwoman.

Other committee members include Jake Henry, St. Francis Health System president and CEO; Tom Neff; Donna Swaffar; Leigh Farrar; Annabelle Miller; Arin Zinke Robinson; Ken Selby; Todd Bingham; DeDe Siegfried; Rocci Chandler; Robin Hinch; Jane Weber; Diana Benien; Julie Mundt and Martha Dickman.

A huge draw for the evening is the live auction, which will feature can’t-buy-this-anywhere items such
as two 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Trucks — one with OU Sooners detailing and the other with OSU Cowboys detailing.

Also up for grabs are:

A dinner for 16 with OU head football coach Bob Stoops and former coach Barry Switzer, with dinner prepared by Chef Devin Levine.

A dinner for 16 with OSU head football coach Mike Gundy and assistant Joe DeForest, with dinner also prepared by Levine

A TU dinner for 24 with football coach Todd Graham and athletic director Bubba Cunningham at Chapman Stadium, with dinner prepared by the Polo Grill.

Also up for bid will be a Penny Preville necklace with enhancer, an 18-karat white gold vintage clip with emerald cut center diamond and an 18-inch double strand eyeglass set diamond chain, as well as a Cartier men’s stainless steel watch courtesy of Bruce G. Weber

A trip to New York City with a two night stay at the Michelangelo, tickets to “South Pacific” with backstage pass to meet Kelli O’Hara and tickets to see David Letterman.

And artwork includes “Three Kisses,” oil on board by Otto Duecker; “Animals on Purple,” acrylic on canvas by Wendy Matson; and “Mango Scented Note,” mixed media by Jeanie Gooden.


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