VanGuard Property Inspectors’ Soiree

Brenda and Phillip Graham, the proprietors of VanGuard Property Inspectors, LLC, based in southwest Oklahoma City, recently served as hosts for a customer appreciation party/soiree.

Holiday Happening

On Dec. 7, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman hosted its popular yuletide event, Holiday Happening, featuring live music, photos with Santa Claus, special holiday activities with the museum’s education department, and a scavenger hunt for elves hidden throughout the museum galleries.

Nicole Jarvis MD Winter Gala

Young Onset Parkinson’s patient and competitor on American Ninja Warrior Jimmy Choi was guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation's Winter Gala at the Embassy Suites. Some 600 guests attended, resulting in over $300,000 being raised in 2017 to benefit Parkinson’s research and local services.

WRC Gala

Nearly $15,000 was raised at the WRC Gala in early December. The gala is an annual fundraising and awareness event hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, which provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, a Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and community education. Visit

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Silver Soiree

Silver Soirée, the annual fundraiser for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, was held Oct. 20 at the Rail House in Norman. This year’s event raised funds for the museum’s School Bus Fund, which helps cover transportation costs associated with Oklahoma school field trips to the museum.

Eighth Annual Day of Kindness

Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law, with assistance from member lawyers of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Lawyers Fighting Hunger and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, hosted the Eighth Annual Day of Kindness at his office on Nov. 16, distributing 2,500 turkeys and providing hamburgers and drinks to thousands more. 

Women of Influence Banquet

Benvenuti's Ristorante was the elegant setting for Cleveland County Lifestyle's Women of Influence dinner and reception Oct. 17. Nine of the 12 recipients, along with spouses and their nominators, attended the elegant dinner, which featured a keynote address by University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso. 

Brunch With Chef Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless, star of the PBS show “Mexico: One Plate at a Time,” was the guest of the Pioneer Library System Foundation for a fundraising event Nov. 5 at the Norman home of Dr. and Mrs. R.J. Langerman. He was joined by Chef Patrick Williams of Flint Restaurant.

CROP Walk Raises Funds to Fight Hunger

More than 400 people from area churches and civic groups took steps to fight hunger Oct. 22 during the Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger. The 34th annual charity walk raised approximately $18,500 to support Food & Shelter Inc. and the international relief efforts of Church World Service.

Mix on Main

Turnout was robust for the third annual Mix On Main, held Oct. 21 in Norman. Hosted by The Main District, the event features local 
businesses promoting the continued renaissance of one of Norman’s premier corridors. The event includes live music, food trucks, 
beer/wine gardens and outdoor family fun.

Republic Bank & Trust After Hours

On Nov. 17, Republic Bank & Trust hosted Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center for 
Norman Chamber of Commerce members. Approximately 200 guests attended the event.

Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Fest

Hundreds of costumed families from across the region attended Spike’s Spooktacular Fall Fest, sponsored by Yelp OKC, Oct. 26 at the 
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. They enjoyed an evening of spooky tunes, face-painting, costume contests, crafts with the museum’s education department and a museum-wide scavenger hunt.

Global Citizen Awards Gala

Two individuals with ties to Cleveland County were among those honored during the recent Global Citizen 2017 Awards Gala, hosted by the World Experiences Foundation, headquartered in Norman. The event, featuring multicultural entertainment, was held Nov. 9 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Oklahoma City.

Workin’ Out to Boogie Beats

During Orangetheory Fitness Moore’s recent ’70s Day, members worked out to some boogie beats. Members also recently participated in the Moore War Run benefiting Moore High and Westmoore High students!

Voice of the Heartland Competition

Promising young vocalists recently took part in the vocal competition "Voice of the Heartland" at the Southwind Hills Event Barn in Goldsby. The competition, created in 2015, doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Sooner Theatre and 
The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman.

Church Hill Estate Celebrate National Night Out

Residents of Moore's Church Hill Estates turned out for National Night Out, a community-police awareness-raising event held in neighborhoods across the country that's held the first Tuesday of August. The annual community-building event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Golf Champs!

Congratulations to the winners of the Club Championship, which took place Aug. 19 and 20 at Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. To learn more about the club, visit, email or call 685.7751.

Purse-onality Fundraiser

$38,000 was raised during Full Circle Adult Day Center’s Purse-onality fundraiser Aug. 26 at Sooner Legends in Norman. By exceeding a $30,000 matching grant, the organization raised a grand total of $68,000, which will help fund scholarships and go toward the financing of its new home near I35 and Flood.

ABLE Comedy Night

$12,500 was raised during ABLE’s first-ever Comedy Night fundraiser, held Aug. 25 at the Hall at the Railhouse in Norman. The mission of ABLE Community-Based Services is to “assist adults with developmental disabilities live quality lives.” Funds raised from the event will go toward building an adult activity center.

Team Catalyst Racket Club Updates

The Team Catalyst Racket Club had a busy spring season. Here are some updates on their activities with the U.S. Tennis Association. To learn more about this private club based at Hidden Hills Country Club, contact Tony Daniels, Catalyst Racket Club CEO, at 429.0325.

Congrats to Orangetheory Fitness Inductees

The "100 classes taken club" continues to grow at Orangetheory Fitness Moore! Congratulations to the newest inductees! 
For more information on the club and the fitness center, call 703.5259.

Hidden Trails Member-Guest Golf Tourney

Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club, a private club in south Oklahoma City, hosted its third annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament 
July 27 through 30. For more information, visit

Moore ‘State of the City’

The Moore State of the City provided a unique opportunity to hear from Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis and new city manager Brooks Mitchell. During the general membership luncheon, they shared their thoughts on the local social and economic climate along with their vision for growth and the future of Moore.

Be a Trailblazer

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 31st Academic Awards Banquet in Tulsa to honor outstanding students and educators in Oklahoma’s public schools. The event carried the theme “Be a Trailblazer.” Many Cleveland County residents were among the honorees.

South OKC Chamber Business After Hours

The South OKC Chamber's Business After Hours in June was hosted by First United Bank & Trust, and featured a cookout, 
giveaways and backyard fun and games.

Workin’ Out to the King of Pop

Orangetheory Fitness Moore recently featured a Michael Jackson-themed playlist day as well as celebrating the first day of summer and 
Independence Day! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Public Art Piece, Business Incubator Dedicated

On June 29, the staff of the Norman Economic Development Coalition held dedication ceremonies for a public art piece located at the University North Park Corporate Centre and a ribbon-cutting and tours of the Start-up 405 Business Incubator on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus.

OKC Orchestra League Symphony Show House

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The 9,943-square-foot Symphony Show House, located in the OKC Adventure District, has seven bedrooms and full baths and a cabana with indoor pool. The show house helps fund the OKC Orchestra' League's music education program and music competitions, and supports the OKC Philharmonic.

Moore Business After Hours

Fort Thunder Harley Davidson hosted its first Business After Hours May 25 for the members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce. The event coincided with Fort Thunder Bike Night, themed Blues & BBQ. Bike Nights are hosted every Thursday (weather permitting). For more details about these events, visit

Excellence in Education Banquet Honorees

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2017 Excellence in Education Banquet April 18 at Moore Norman Technology Center-South Penn Campus. It was presented by Cox Communications, Frontier State Bank and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Outstanding educators and students were honored for their work in the 2016-2017 school year.

Town & Gown Arts Connection

The Firehouse Art Center and the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts celebrated the end of the academic year and the recent 
installation of student sculptures in Lions Park with a reception at the Firehouse on May 9. See related story in Around Town.

Kick the Dust Up

Orangetheory Fitness recently held "Kick the Dust Up" Country Western Day and their Moore and South OKC Chamber ribbon-cuttings. The studio recognized Denise Singley for being the first studio member to complete 100 workouts! Join in on all the fun and schedule your free workout by calling 703.5259.

Le Tour de Vin

The 15th annual Le Tour de Vin, Norman Rotary Clubs' signature fundraiser, was held June 1-3, and included a painting-and-wine event, a "Wine and Dine" and the main event featuring food samples from local restaurants, wine booths, and music. This year's event benefits The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.

Secret Garden Gala

Some of the best of the best of the Norman business community were feted at the April 20 Norman Chamber of 
Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet held at Lloyd Noble Center. The event's theme was "Secret Garden Gala."

Moore Chamber Welcomes Eight Businesses

Moore Chamber of Commerce welcomed to the community eight new businesses during April. Moore continues to be the home for expanding, relocating and new business.Businesses are in Moore unless indicated otherwise.

Amethyst Women’s Circle

On April 29, Rivendell on the Lake resident Joyce Mauldin hosted a social for the Amethyst Women's Circle, a fledgling group focused on making a difference in our community by funding scholarships for first-generation college students through the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation.

Interior Designers Strut Their Stuff

On April 21, the International Interior Design Association of OKC hosted an event at Gallardia Country Club featuring teams of interior designers, architects and students who turned a pair of materials used in interior design—tile, vinyl flooring, carpet, etc.— into an over-the-top outfit, then strutted them down a 160-foot runway.

Weight Loss Challenge

Orangetheory Fitness Moore recently held their Grand Opening Weight Loss Challenge party in which the first-, second- and third-place winners were announced. All participants lost a total of 384 pounds in just six weeks! Congratulations to everyone!

Having Fun Getting Fit

Orangetheory Fitness Moore held its first-ever Dri-Tri March 25. Studio members of all ages and fitness levels rowed 2000 meters, performed 300 repetitions of body weight exercises and ran 3.1 miles in a timed event. Members gave everything they had, and all 24 of them finished!

OU Sets Guinness World Records Titles

OU set two Guinness World Records™ titles, which were featured March 27 on NBC’s TODAY as part of Rokerthon 3: Storming Into The Madness. The live national broadcast with Al Roker took place at the Gaylord Family–Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Arts! Arts! Arts!

The 26th Annual Arts! Arts! Arts! fundraising gala was held March 5 at the National Weather Center. Over 200 guests enjoyed delectable food, libations and live student entertainment at the event, which carried the theme, “Celebrating the Seasons of Change."

Norman Daddy-Daughter Dance

Feb. 4 was a special day for the many delighted daughters and their daddies who attended the Norman Parks and Recreation Department's 2017 Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Embassy Suites. The event was launched in 2000 at a rec center and today attracts some 1,000 dads and daughters.

Cleveland County Lifestyle Celebration and ACS Fundraiser

Over $3,500 was raised through donations and a silent auction benefiting the Oklahoma chapter of the American Cancer Society at Cleveland County Lifestyle's 13th-Issue Celebration and ACS Fundraiser Feb. 21 at Royal Bavaria Restaurant. Many of the magazine's advertisers donated goods and services. Music was provided by Heartbreak Rodeo.

Moore Ribbon-cuttings and Membership Meeting

The members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce welcomed to the community Chelino's Mexican Restaurant, along with several other businesses. Additionally, members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce attended the first General Membership of 2017 at the Station at Central Park.

Moore Chamber Bowling Tournament

Members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce came together on a February evening for some fun and friendly competition. The atmosphere was light, but the stakes were high, with only one team claiming the golden pins.

Recent Ribbon-cuttings in Norman

Three dental practices, Dental Edge of Norman, Mask Dental Studio, and Orthodontic Specialists of Oklahoma, recently 
celebrated their openings with ribbon-cuttings, along with the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic and Pure Barre Norman.

South OKC Chamber Banquet

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Board of Directors were installed and outstanding individuals in the community honored for their work in 2016 at the chamber’s 2017 Annual Banquet, presented by AT&T, and held Jan. 12 at the Cox Convention Center. See accompanying story in Around Town.

Moore Chamber Hits Year Running

Moore Chamber of Commerce members hit the ground running in 2017 with a Business After Hours gathering 
at Country Leisure Manufacturing, a Business Before Hours gathering at Verizon Wireless and a ribbon-cutting 
for Providence Learning Center.

Firehouse Art Center’s 35th Annual Chocolate Festival

For 35 years, local restaurants and businesses have supported the Firehouse Art Center by donating samples of their best chocolate-inspired treats for the annual Chocolate Festival. Each year, thousands of attendees purchase tickets to choose samples from these vendors, and participate in free art activities taking place during the event.

Oklahoma State Society’s 2017 Inaugural Ball

Several area residents attended Oklahoma State Society’s Inaugural Ball honoring the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, Jan. 19 at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. The society’s goals include promoting the state's interests and providing a social network to Oklahomans living in D.C.