By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: February 2010
Don’t miss “Sundays in Studio K” with special guest Susan Ford Bales on February 28, 2010.
She had her senior prom in the White House, where she served as official hostess after her mother was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, just seven weeks after her father was sworn in as the 38th U.S. President.
Susan Ford Bales, youngest child and only daughter of former President Gerald R. Ford and his wife, Betty, will talk about her life in the White House, her career as a photojournalist and novelist, her executive leadership roles, and her volunteer and charitable activities at the Tulsa Ballet’s “Sundays in Studio K,” February 28 at 2 p.m.
The interview with Susan Ford Bales is the last of this season’s three-part lecture and music series. Tulsa Ballet board member and former local news anchor and co-host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” Becky Dixon will conduct the interview. “Susan Ford Bales has been in the spotlight since she was a girl,” says Becky. “Along with her mother, Susan has been an inspiration to many due to her hard work and dedication to raising awareness of breast cancer.” In 1984, mother and daughter helped launch National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Susan has been a national spokesperson ever since.
After 11 years in New Mexico, Susan and her attorney husband once again call Tulsa their home. Her interview, which will include historical film clips, will relive the light moments of a teenager in the 70s trying to escape the grips of the Secret Service and three older brothers in the White House, as well as experiences that would forever shape her life.
Becky Dixon, former local news anchor and co-host of ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” will interview former first daughter Susan Ford Bales at the Tulsa Ballet’s newest addition, Studio K.
Mrs. Ford’s personal challenges led her to establish the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Since 1982, more than 66,000 patients have been served at the treatment center for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In 2005, Susan succeeded her mother as chairman of the board.
Susan, now in her 50s, will also share her life as an ordinary citizen – the wisdom she has gained as a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother. The audience will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer session following the interview.
Studio K, opened in 2008, is the newest addition to the Tulsa Ballet. Becky believes the “Sundays in Studio K” series provides an ideal venue to introduce the facility to the community. The 295-seat hall in the heart of Brookside features performance and meeting space to accommodate theatrical productions or corporate functions in an area that is underserved with appropriate facilities.
An audio and visual package can be tailored for any need, from a simple microphone for a small meeting of arts groups or nonprofit organizations, all the way to video screens and projectors for larger corporate events. Stage productions are complete with a house manager, ushers, lighting, sound and rigging technicians, security and follow spot operators. Event planning services are also available.
Tickets for “Sundays in Studio K” with guest Susan Ford Bales on February 28 are $25 per person. They can be purchased at the Tulsa Ballet box office at 1212 E. 45th Pl., or by calling (918) 749-6407.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.