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Posted on: November 30, 2018

Deputies mingle with Oklahoma music stars

Deputies attend meet and greet for women musicians

Cleveland County deputies recently got to meet and greet numerous famous female Oklahoma singers and their families in a historic event in Noble. The event followed the Induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Several famous Oklahoma women singers and their families enjoyed a quiet dinner on Monday, Nov. 26, at Bedlam Barbecue in OKC. The event included the children of stars who had passed away, who talked and told stories about how their lives were affected by having celebrity parents, said Angela Hudson, SHINE Foundation Secretary/Treasurer. The next day, the group congregated at the History Center where they received citations from the Governor’s Office and from Oklahoma County Commissioners. During lunch at the History Center, the women were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and received large crystal awards. That evening the stars and their families traveled to Kendall’s Restaurant in Noble where the restaurant had set up a museum-quality exhibit of memorabilia with each of the ladies of music having their own section.
Deputy Vernon Coleman and Deputy Nick Ray were asked to attend and serve as escorts for the women entering the restaurant. “It was a special event and we were asked to head over there and socialize and meet some people,” Coleman said. “It was a community policing event.”
Coleman said he and Ray enjoyed meeting and mingling with the celebrities. “It was a Hall of Fame Induction that they were celebrating,” Coleman said. “The really cool thing was Kendall’s set up a museum type exhibit, and we got to walk through the exhibit. It was a great time.”
The evening at Kendall’s was sponsored by Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) Foundation. “Each of the women signed a guitar,” Hudson said.
Those guitars are now on display at Kendall’s along with the other memorabilia. “The event at Kendall’s was a historic event that had never been done and will probably never be done again,” Hudson said.
She said the women really enjoyed meeting deputies Coleman and Ray. The women and their friends and families also enjoyed dinner at Kendall’s. Hudson said 22 female music stars were represented at the event. All proceeds from the combined events will benefit the SHINE Foundation. Artists who attended included: Susie McIntire, Wanda Jackson, Jody Miller, Gail Davies, Norma Jean, Becky Hobbs, Jana Jae, Kellie Coffey, Barbara McAlister, Gayla Peevey, Katrina Elam and Leona Mitchell.
Family members attending on an artist’s behalf included: Sammi Smith (daughter), Jean Shepard (son), Gus Hardin (daughter), Kay Starr (daughter), Lorrie Collins (Daughters), Patti Page (nephew), Cassie Gains (brother), Molly Bee (son) and Evelyn Pittman (nephew)

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