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Saturday, February 20, 2010

HAVE YOU HEARD: Chocolate Decadence was 'incredible evening'

by Marilyn McKnight Harrison
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Published: Saturday, February 20, 2010 2:09 AM CST
By Marilyn Harrison

The Aphasia Center of West Texas celebrated the courage of people with aphasia and donors throughout the Permian Basin with its fifth annual Chocolate Decadence party.

"What an incredible evening," said chairwoman Vicki Rice. "Thank you to the presenting sponsor, West Texas National Bank, and all the generous volunteers, staff, and donors for your commitment to the families and services of the Aphasia Center."

The creativity of Dena Moore, Dianne Williams, Jo Anne Richards and their host of volunteers transformed the spacious Midland Center into an evening of elegance, with luscious desserts and one-of-a-kind gifts.

A red chair sash spotlighted the seat of 2010 Sweetheart Nancy Anguish, as well as previous years' sweethearts. As CBS 7 host Stephanie Rivas stated, "Once a sweetheart, always a sweetheart."

For the annual event, families and friends reunited from Kansas, Oregon and throughout Texas, including Sally and Ken Steward, now of the Hill Country; and Ken Kimbrough of Portland, Ore.

A few of the individuals making the "sweetest party in town even sweeter" were Cathy Eastham and Rodney Robinson, Jo and Allen Douglas, Charlotte and John Seay, Janice and Steve Thompson, Kelli and Harry Bettis, Claudette and Tulsi Singh, Brenda and Jimmy Smith, Georgia Trobaugh and Kathryn and John Stuard.

Five generations of the Pemberton family, along with friends, gathered at Manor Park's Younger Center on Feb. 6 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the family's matriarch, Mary Pemberton.

The dining room was colorfully decorated with red and white balloons and red table cloths. \Birthday cake and ice cream were served.

Those attending were Pemberton's sons, Dan Pemberton and wife, Joyce, of Midland, and Donald Pemberton of Boise, Idaho.

Also present were her grandchildren and families, Rick Pemberton, wife Terri and children Taylor and Chance of Topeka, Kan.; Rick's daughter, Bobbie Pemberton and her son, Sam of Granbury; Gary Pemberton and wife Valerie of Bradenton, Fla., and their children, Diana and Bret MacFatridge and son Ryan of Haslet; Tom Pemberton and daughter, Hannah of Richardson; Caryn Pemberton of Carrollton; and Lynda Progler from the Baton Rouge, La., area.

Special guests were Mary Pemberton's pastor, the Rev. Tim Walker of First United Methodist Church, and his wife, Karen; Brenda De La Paz, Carol Bevel and Rhonda Chamness from Manor Park's Mabee Center; Holli Robertson, Younger Center activities director, and guitarist Monty Elliott, music minister for Manor Park.

Midland alumnae of Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities recently celebrated their common place of origin with their annual Monmouth Duo party. It The Kappas hosted the party at the home of Celia Wilson. Co-hostesses were Shelley Harper and Robin Thomas.

The two groups were organized on the campus of Monmouth College in Monmouth Ill. -- the Pi Phis in 1867 and the Kappas in 1870.

Among the Pi Phis seen in the crowd were Frances Carlton, Amanda Ellis, Jan Goree, Carolyn Roden, Terry Staub, Karen Scharbauer with her daughter, Sarah Scharbauer; and club president Ellen Hinson.

Kappas present included Brooke Mueller, Lynn Mashburn with her daughter, Deborah Baldridge; Sally Reeder, Julie LeMond, Tammy Smith, Amy Robnett, and chapter president Toffee McAllister.

In order to promote literacy, the guests were asked to bring new children's books to be donated.

The Museum of the Southwest hosted an opening reception and book signing recently for Austin photographer Burton Pritzker, whose black and white photographs will be on display at the museum through Feb. 28.

The large format, framed photographs are the major portion of a new collection of Pritzker's work acquired by the museum through the sponsorship of Tim Leach of Midland and Robert Chase of Artesia, N.M.

At the reception, museum director Tom Jones introduced the photographer, who then spoke about the process involved in producing these mostly abstract photographs.

Among those seen in the audience were Carole and Stan Jacobs, an administrator and professor of art at Midland College; museum board president Greg Dove, and vice president Karmen Bryant with her husband, Billy Bryant. Others seen enjoying the presentation and the hors d'oeuvres by Tom Redden were Elizabeth and Herb Blankinship, Shelley and Jack Harper, Claire and Jim Rhotenberry, DeLayne and Mark Wellen, Deb and Robert Chase, Amy and Tim Leach and Marianne Green, who was Tim Leach's 10th grade English teacher at Spring High School in Houston.

District Judge John Hyde was the guest speaker for the Ladies of the Petroleum Club's February luncheon meeting.

In his talk, "Traveling Through Texas on the Butterfield Overland Stage," Hyde told how the stagecoaches carried passengers, parcels and mail on scheduled trips from the Mississippi River to the West Coast.

He discussed the discomforts of traveling by stagecoach from 1858 until they were interrupted by the Civil War. Weather, food and the threat of a Comanche Indian attack were among the problems encountered.

Although the luncheon was held on Groundhog Day, the club was beautifully decked out in a red and white valentine theme.

Among those enjoying the presentation were Hyde's wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Whitney Hyde; Ava Jane Fuller, Kathleen Hernandez, Jan Brockett, Carolyn Stroman, Pat Henderson, and Gail Gililland.

A baby shower honoring mother-to-be Amanda Allen Stout and proud father-to-be, Trent Stout, was held recently at the home of Kim Carleton. Co-hostesses were Callie Speight, Janice Speight and Leslyn Wallace.

The party celebrated the upcoming arrival of Annslee Nichole, who is due on March 7.

Guests enjoyed a cake decorated with pink slippers; assorted fruits, cheese and crackers.

Among the 50 guests were grandmothers-to-be Beverly Martin of Granite Shoals and Margaret Allen and Gina Allen of Midland, and great-grandmothers Barbara Gillock of Marble Falls and Ann Lucchi of Midland.
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