Press Release For Publication on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Contact for Further Information: Marsha Sanders, 580.763.7497






The Pioneer Woman Museum Advisory Board, the Marland Estate Foundation, and the Marland Estate Commission are pleased to announce that the 2nd annual Renaissance Winter Ball will be held at 7 pm on Friday, December 9th at the Marland Mansion, 901 Monument Road. This festive Christmas event is a joint effort between the Museum and the Mansion to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to Oklahoma. Tickets will go on sale beginning today at the Marland Mansion and beginning Tuesday at the Pioneer Woman Museum. Tickets are $40 per person and only 400 tickets will be available to the public for this special event.


The Pioneer Woman Museum Advisory Board will recognize Jari Askins, former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, as the 2012 Pioneer Woman of the Year, at a special awards ceremony beginning at 8 pm. The current Lieutenant Governor, Todd Lamb, will present the award. The Pioneer Woman of the Year Award was started in 1977 by then Lt. Governor George Nigh as a means to recognize women who embody the spirit that E.W. Marland chose to honor so many years ago. The statue is not only important to Ponca City and Oklahoma but recognized throughout the world as a symbol of confidence, determination, and belief in a better future.


David Keathly, executive director of the Marland Estate, will also recognize the Renaissance awards for those individuals who have contributed to the success of the Marland Estate.


Festivities begin with a social hour at 7 pm and will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with casual entertainment provided by musicians in concert with the season. The recognition of the Pioneer Woman of the Year and Renaissance award winners will be held at 8 pm with the celebration of Christmas festivities resuming by 8:45 pm. Dancing will take place on the lower level with music provided by a disc jockey. The upper level will have festive Christmas music. Please contact the Pioneer Woman Museum or the Marland Mansion for further details.