OKC Friday: Women Who Lead is Luncheon Theme

By Rose Lane
Published: March 10, 2023

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Fourteen ladies are to be honored during the Oklahoma Hospitality Club’s 55th Annual Ladies in the News Luncheon and Style Show set for Friday, March 31, at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
This year’s honorees are: Honorable Catherine “Catt” Burton, a member of the Judiciary, District Court of Oklahoma County; Special District Judge Virginia Calame, community volunteer extraordinaire; Perrin Duncan, Arnall Family Foundation, special projects manager; Kim Garrett, LMSW, NACP, Palomar: Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center, CVO and founder; Irene Gianos and Margo Gianos, Honestly Margo, co-owners; Danne L. Johnson, J.D., Our Work, LLC owner and Oklahoma City University School of Law Professor; Lisa Johnson-Billy, Chickasaw Nation Legislature, speaker; Dr. Mautra Staley Jones, Oklahoma City Community College president; Megan Law, Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, executive director; Alyssa Kaiser Nash, WealthTrust Oklahoma/WTO Advisors, president and owner; Marilyn Olson, VillagesOKC, executive director; Erin Page, MetroFamily Magazine, managing editor; and Dr. Jeanie Webb, Rose State College president.
Oklahoma Hospitality Club (OHC) was founded in 1923 and is one of Oklahoma’s oldest and prestigious charitable organizations in Oklahoma.
“We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) philanthropic and charitable corporation whose members serve the community through volunteerism as well as fundraisers to benefit a variety of Oklahoma charities,” Tania Smith, Ladies in the News chairman, said. “We are excited to arrive at our 100-year anniversary, in 2023.” The creation of the club was the idea of several prominent ladies, including Mrs. Martin E. Trapp, who would later become a First Lady of Oklahoma. The initial goal was to extend hospitality to distinguished visitors to the state. In the late 20s, the purpose of the club was broadened to include philanthropy, charity and education.
The Oklahoma Hospitality Club has returned over $1,500,000 to community causes plus thousands of service hours to the community.
“Women Who Lead is our (2023 Ladies in the News) theme and some of our honorees who will walk the style show are college and university presidents, an Oklahoma County Judge, nonprofit executives, a law professor, entrepreneurs, and community and business leaders,” Smith said. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit two local nonprofits.  Oklahoma Project Woman is a statewide comprehensive program providing no cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and surgical services for women with no health insurance and limited financial resources.  Keaton’s Kindness Foundation was founded by 7-year old Keaton who had cancer and wanted to spread joy and improve the lives of others through kindness, courage, compassion and caring with a special emphasis on pediatric cancer patients and their families. 
“Family, friends, business and community partners of our Honorees will attend the event to support our Honorees,” Smith said. “Many corporate and individuals will sponsor tables, tickets, congratulatory spots in our program book, and raffle donations, supporting the honorees and benefitting the local charities,” Smith said.
The emcees are AJ Griffin, Paycom, 2022 Ladies in the News honoree, and Bailey Perkins Wright, of Boeing. Contact Cathy Meyer at [email protected] to make reservations.