Gala at the Governor's Mansion                   Back
 The Oklahoma Centennial will be celebrated in 2007 and one of the events leading up to it is the annual Oklahoma Centennial Book Festival at OCU. Margee created the logo and web site design, as well as a bookmark. We were invited to attend the OCBF black-tie Gala at the Governor's Mansion 5/20/2005. As we arrived the patio/pool area was filling with people for a meet and greet before dinner in the pavilion. (I didn't know the pool at the Governor's Mansion was in the shape of state of Oklahoma). With wine at pool side we shook hands and had a conversation with the First Lady Kim Henry.


Dr. Ann Lacy Chairman - Darla Zuhdi Co-Chair / PR Chair - Governor Brad Henry - Lieutenant Governor Mary Fallin was the guest speaker and related the story of Washington Irving's exploration of Oklahoma and how our great state has become a literacy supporter. Dr. Phil (TV personality and author) along with his wife, Robin, made a surprise visit to the Gala to support their sister-in-law Cindi Broaddus as the honoree of the evening. Robin read the proclamation to Cindi for her strength and active participation in the support of burn/acid victims throughout the world.- Senator Daisy Lawler  District 24 was the senator instrumental in passing the law SB 625 expanding penalties for throwing objects off overpasses and bridges onto moving vehicles or roadways- Tim Tingle Choctaw Storyteller sang in Choctaw the hymn Amazing Grace. - First Lady Kim Henry


Cindi  Broaddus author of A Random Acts  was burned by acid tossed from a bridge as she was driving in her car. - Governor Brad Henry declared May 20th as Cindi Broaddus day and she received a proclamation awarded by the Governor of the State of Oklahoma for courage and valor.


Tom McDaniel President of OCU - Mike Wimmer Artist - Peter Lamas Beauty Expert - Carol Higgins Clark Author - Sandy See Co-Chair/ Children's Programs Barns & Noble - Susan Grimshaw National Romance Buyer for Waldenbooks - Dr. Helen Pensanti Television and Radio Personality - Merline Lovelace Bestselling Author - Sean O’Grady Boxer and television analyst.

 Margee drew Caricatures at the festival on Saturday, May, 21, 2005..

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Left: Co-chairwomen Sandy See and Merline Lovelace, makeup artist Peter Lamas, cochairwoman Darla Zuhdi, Bill Zuhdi, honoree Cindi Broaddus and Susan Grimshaw, Waldenbooks, attend the Oklahoma Centennial Book Festival Gala.