Sunday: Diana Ross to perform at Oklahoma Speaker's Ball
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
Saturday, January 12, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY — The sold-out Speaker’s Ball on Feb. 1 will feature legendary singer and actress Diana Ross.
The black-tie event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.
The location will hold 1,120 people, said Marian Free, Oklahoma Speaker’s Ball Inc. executive director. Tickets were $150, she said.
Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, is Oklahoma’s first black House Speaker. He is also an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He was sworn in on Tuesday during organizational day.
The Speaker’s Ball will benefit the 111Project. The organization, launched in 2011, recruits foster families across the state.
“There is nothing more important than investing in young people,” said Shannon, a father of two.
The purpose of the group is to ensure no Oklahoma child goes without a family, said Ben Nockels, 111Project executive director.
“Money raised will go directly to more effectively recruiting, training and supporting new foster families from the faith community,” Nockels said.
Former Gov. Frank Keating and his wife, Cathy, will emcee the event, Free said. Keating, a Republican, served as governor from 1995 until 2003.
Gov. Mary Fallin and her husband, Wade Christensen, the state’s first “First Gentleman,” are expected to attend.
Read more in Sunday's World.
Superstar Diana Ross will perform Feb. 1 at the Speaker's Ball in Oklahoma City. The black-tie event will raise money for charity. Associated Press file