Thursday Round Robin: Cattle Baron’s Reveal And Junior League Of Dallas Sponsors Party

In the olden days of yore, there was this claim that the Cattle Baron’s gals were the ones that the boys wanted to go out with, and the Junior League ladies were the ones that the boys’ mothers wanted to bring home. Thursday night proved how silly that old theory was — the boys and their mothers love all these ladies.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Reveal Party

At the Cattle Baron’s Ball  “Reveal” party, where the main stage entertainment was to be announced, the mix was pretty in western cocktail attire and country club finery. Exactly what are those two? Well, western is any fashion that’s cool and yet hot, accessorized in some form or fashion with something that would look right at home at the Fat Stock Show. Examples? Shorty silk shirts with cowboy boots; black leather pants topped with plate-size belt buckles; and down-to-the shoulder hair joined by chandelier-like earrings, like Reveal Party Co-chair Kristi Bare and Susan Amassyali sported courtesy of Richard Eiseman.

Urek Reznik, Susan Amassyali, Kristi and Jody Bare

Urek Reznik, Susan Amassyali, Kristi and Jody Bare

As for the country clubby look, there was a reason. Course, the invitation had suggested western, but some of the gals like Isabell Novakov were two-timing events    Thursday night. They had to split their time with the Junior League sponsors partiers in Highland Park. But more about that later.

Mary Gill, Deborah Ferguson and Brooke Shelby

Mary Gill, Deborah Ferguson and Brooke Shelby

Due to KXAS’s Deborah Ferguson‘s early-morning call to duties, the decision was made to announce the entertainment just 45 minutes into the party. Organizers didn’t think that would be a problem. After all, the party started at 7 and they predicted that most of the 160 guests would be on hand for the announcement.

Mike McGuire, Brooke Shelby, Mary Gill and Deborah Ferguson

Mike McGuire, Brooke Shelby, Mary Gill and Deborah Ferguson

With three big old screens in the background, Deborah called the group to attention. There were a couple of side-eyed glances exchanged when Deborah asked how many were at the 2012 ball and how it was so memorable. Was she going to talk about the downpour? Heck no. She recalled how great Blake Shelton was and Larry Hagman‘s memorable presence. Nicely done, Deborah.

Next up was Andrews Distributing’s Mike McGuire, who was the gracious host adding the company’s support for Cattle Baron’s. Deborah then introduced 2013 CBB Co-chairs Mary Gill and “Shelby Brooke.” Oops! As Mary and her partner giggled their way up to the stage, Deborah realized her name swap and quickly recovered with “I meant Brooke Shelby.” Hey, Deobrah, no need for apologies. We’ve all done that and Shelby. . . uh, Brooke …  is right at home with that name call.

Besides, the evening was not about what the co-chairs’s names were. It was the entertainment, and the twosome knew it. So they made their words brief and handed the mic back to Deborah, who let Mike announce the headlining entertainers: Rascal Flatts.

 Mike McGuire, Deborah Ferguson and Mary Gill

Mike McGuire, Deborah Ferguson and Mary Gill

Whoopee! With the trio’s music playing in the background, the news was greeted with cheers, smiles and hugs as cameras flashed at the good news.

Then they went back to partying and growing in numbers as new guests kept coming and coming and coming. Vicki Chapman was talking with Eddie Deen, who reported that he was busy, as his staff served up delicious vittles. The poor servers hardly made it through the doors before guests emptied the serving platters. One guest licked his fingers to get the last taste of a bacon wrap. As he smacked in delight, he told friends, “Simply bacon-licious.” . . . Mark Briedenbach had the night off from his fire-fighting duties.

Alex Laurenzi and Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi and Aaron Shelby

Alex Laurenzi and Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi and Aaron Shelby

Seems that thanks to space heaters, errant cigarettes and other problems, fires have been sprouting all over with only the major ones making the news. Wife Gillian with turquoise earrings had attended the Dallas Regional Commerce luncheon earlier in the day with the likes of Carol Reed and Holly Reed (no, they’re not related). . . Lisa and Bill Ogle arrived post-announcement. . . Brunette Natalie McGuire looked sleek in all black, while blonde Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi went the all-white route. . . Simona Beal didn’t want to suffer a possible evening’s chill. Her solution? An exquisite chinchilla stole. . . Cate Ford reported how instead of heading to the Big Apple for the holidays, as planned, the family headed in the other direction to California. Why? Seems her munchkins were sick and she needed “to dry them out.”

While the CBB-ers were celebrating their good fortune in landing Rascal Flatts, the folks in Sioux City, Iowa; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Wichita, Kansas, weren’t so happy. Seems that lead singer Gary LeVox‘s bout with the flu had forced the trio to cancel their upcoming weekend concerts.

Let’s keep the boys healthy come Saturday, October 5, when the 40th Cattle Baron’s Ball will raise money for the battle against cancer.

Bit of trivia to impress your friends: Rascal Flatts is on the celebrity board of the American Cancer Society.

Junior League of Dallas Sponsors Cocktail Soiree

While the gals in western duds were hoisting longnecks in the party room at Andrews Distributing, the Junior Leaguers were in their most elegant cocktail attire at Amy and Malone Mitchell‘s mansion. Oh, sure, you know that “bungalow.” It’s the wowsie Tudor-style palace that has been the main topic of residential chattering for a couple of years. Shoot! The lot alone had a history before the Mitchells ever broke ground.

Quick history lesson: Decades ago the lot between Turtle Creek and St. Johns Drive had had a home, where a couple lived. Seems a fire broke out, the residents died and the house burned to the ground. Eventually Norma and Lamar Hunt bought the property with plans to build a home there. Alas, no building took place. Many, even locals, thought the area was a park. Well, that idea was quickly dashed when a “For Sale” sign went up. That’s when the Mitchells bought it and started developing it and creating a lot of talk. There were the stained-glass windows, the underground “whatever.”

After years of building, the Mitchells moved in last August. While they’ve hosted five private parties, this evening’s was the first for a nonprofit. How did the Junior League of Dallas luck out being the first out of the gate? Answer: Mitchell daughter Allie Jacobs, who also happens to be a Junior Leaguer.

But it was only right. After all, the February 23rd “Joie de Vivre” at the Hilton Anatole has all the elements of being spectacular, so it was only natural to celebrate their sponsors in a 20,000-plus-square foot mansion. As JLD President Aimee Griffins and Ball Chair Bunny Cotten took turns with mic in hand thanking and describing the upcoming fundraiser, they kept their words short because they knew that everyone wanted to wander the mega-residence. But they let it be known that they were nearing their goal of ball attendees. However, both gals were quick to add that they were more than glad to go over that number.

Folks, this house has so many nooks and crannies that someone needs to come up with an app for guests to use to find their way around the place. There’s the gargantuan great hall with its surrounding balcony, the dining room next to the formal living room with grand piano, the open country kitchen with family room, the butler’s pantry, the pool overlooking Turtle Creek, etc. Ah, but none of this is really out of the ordinary for the typical Dallas estate.

Virtual golf simulator and billiard table

Virtual golf simulator and billiard table

And yet, there is the basement. Oh, perhaps in this case, it should be called the lower level escape. Male guests who had donned coat and tie probably had envied their CBB counterparts who were whooping and hollering over at Andrews. But once they discovered the subterranean playground with brick walls and floors, they were just loving it with the bowling alley, the billiard table, the virtual golf simulator, the arcade game, etc.

Bowling alley

Bowling alley

While the men stripped off their jackets to try their hands at the games, the gals toured the full-service spa with massage table, sauna, lockers and a jacuzzi hot tub big enough for the JLD ball.

In case of tornado or nuclear attack, this is the place to be.

Nikki Webb, Cachet Weinberg, Bunny Cotten, Lisa Bhatttacharya and Aimee Griffiths

Nikki Webb, Cachet Weinberg, Bunny Cotten, Lisa Bhatttacharya and Aimee Griffiths

Alas, it’s doubtful that JLD Ball Honorary Chair Caren Prothro ever made it that far. She never got past the great room because she was constantly surrounded by guests like Robin Robinson,

Lara Tafel

Lara Tafel

Lara and Bob Tafel, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Cachet Weinberg, Angela and Doug Nash, Lisa Bhattacharya, Caroline Kohl, Ronnie Berg, Lydia Novakov, Kristina Whitcomb, Christie Carter and Chazz Fritz.

Angela Nash

Angela Nash

Aimee admitted that her black dress was going to get a workout this week. In addition to the JLD sponsors party, she was going to wear it Friday night when The Catholic Foundation honored her dad Bob Baillargeon with The Catholic Foundation Award.

Speaking of dresses, Bunny has already got that item checked off her must-do-list for the ball thanks to Dallas designer Nicolas Villalba. Knowing Bunny and Nicolas, this creation will be a must-see-to-believe that night.

Bunny Cotten, Tripp Jacobs and Allie Jacobs

Bunny Cotten, Tripp Jacobs and Allie Jacobs

Alas, the only thing missing in the evening were the homeowners. Amy was upstairs babysitting grandson Tripp Jacobs. However, the young gent did make an appearance in the arms of his mother Allie. When Bunny was asked to be photographed with Allie and Tripp, Bunny didn’t hesitate, tossing aside the old W.C. Fields line about never working with animals or children.

Like was said earlier, that old theory about Cattle Baronesses and Junior Leaguers is just another urban myth. Both groups are the kind of gals that beaus and moms would love to have in their lives. If you have any doubts, just ask any nonprofit.

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