Susan and Bobby Clarkson announced the engagement of their daughter Courtney Lauren Clarkson to John Reid McLarty last weekend at a party at their home in Anchorage.
Courtney graduated from Ole Miss ’11 and works for Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham. She was a Pi Phi and met John Reid McLarty, a Phi Delt who graduated from Ole Miss ’10. He is the General Sales Manager in Birmingham for Tom Williams BMW.
Courtney and John met her sophomore year at Library Sports Bar in Oxford (following a three generation family tradition!).
Among the guests attending the engagement party were Davis Edwards and Steve Bass, Margaret and Dan Woodside, Wayne Jenkins and Steve Van Hooser, Kelly and Jerry O’Daniels, Mary and Brian Lavin, Fran Jasper, Joey Seay, Melissa and Bob Manouchehri, Rita and John Ellis, Mark Eliason, Alyson and Glenn Sullivan, Joan and Paul Casi, Rosemary and Charlie Middleton, Rachel and Doug Vetter and a hoard of other friends.
The wedding will take place May 18 of next year at St. John’s Church of Christ with the reception, dinner and dancing at The Henry Clay. The rehearsal will take place the night before with dinner and dancing at the Derby Museum. The out of town guests will be entertained with a welcome reception of Bourbon, Bluegrass and BBQ the night before that.
The Fillies are hard at work on their Derby Ball, which will be held Friday, April 19, at the Galt House Grand Ballroom.
The ball supports the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance for many charities in our community. The all-important Festival program is in the most competent hands of Merilyn Coslow this year.
Ball chair, Barbara Hood and her co-chair Nancy Rust have planned a wonderful evening with a few surprises! Vickie Hillerich is in charge of the presentation of the princesses, the spin of the wheel and the coronation.
Derby expert Becky Biesel is in charge of the centerpieces and they ought to be either fun, beautiful or both. Becky is known as the go-to purveyor of all things Derby. Right along side of her is Beverly Pendleton, who is responsible for the collectible Fillies Derby Ball Pin. The silent auction was such a success last year that it will be repeated this year. Amy Hoffman is seeing to it that there will be a coffee bar and sweets late in the evening.
The Sons of the American Revolution have completed the most spectacular new genealogical research library on Main Street and now they are planning a museum next to it. Plans for the new museum, which will be one of the gems of this city, were revealed at several SAR Advisory committee luncheons at the Louisville Boat Club. The $10 million dollar Capital Campaign for its construction is well on its way to fruition, being past the half-way mark.
David Sympson is the past president of the SAR and one of its most active cheerleaders. Among those serving on the Advisory Committee are Sheridan Cornett, Jean Frazier, Steve Tipton, Lowry Watkins, Jr. and Sam Swope. At the meeting Sam, who is engaged to Marlys Wearren, confided that the wedding date will be Oct. 14.
The SAR along with the American Legion are the keepers of our history as a nation. They have great programs that will teach our children how we got our freedom, our country and even our lives.
They are also the keepers of the knowledge of how our ancestors fought for freedom, the freedom that we enjoy every day. They constantly remind people, through their educational programs, of the values for which America stands. They have an outreach program that is wonderful.
The SAR believes in carrying patriotism forward and they need help. Anyone who wants to help may make a gift to the SAR Foundation, Inc., 1000 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky., 40203.