With A Vintage Cadillac Out Front, Cosmopolitans On Trays And The Clutch Poolside, Genesis Luncheon Sponsors Got In The Swing Of Things

Eddie Ortega and Greg Nieberding with Dixie Belle

It was a night of whiskey sours and cosmopolitans. There was even a vintage turquoise blue Cadillac displaying in the circular driveway. The night was Wednesday, May 3 (aka the Genesis Women’s Shelter Luncheon sponsor party).

Nikki and Crayton Webb

The location was Greg Nieberding’s and Eddie Ortega’s and their Schnauzer daughter Dixie Belle’s home. Actually, the 60-year-old mid-century residence’s rich history was the source of the Mad Men’s evening theme. During the years when singer Margaret and fashion designer Ed Cupaioli owned the home that they built, it was a gathering place for the likes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and countless others. Over the years, the Cupaiolis had lovingly taken care of the home. Upon Margaret’s death at the age of 96, the family decided to sell it. Luckily, Greg and Eddie bought it. But if asked, Greg and Eddie insist, “We’re really just caretakers.” Yes, they’ve updated things like the windows and the roof, but they have maintained the feel and design by architect Jack Wood.

To complement the occasion, Genesis Luncheon Co-Chair Nikki Webb surprised all, except husband/Luncheon Co-Chair Crayton Webb, with her finding and wearing a suit created by Ed.

The Clutch

Despite breezes provided by Mother Nature causing the lineup of towering trees to sway like back-up singers, the presentation took place with The Clutch quartet crooning in front of the swimming pool.

Jan Langbein and Gail Davis

Abi Perpall and Bianca Jackson

Rachel Michell

Bob White

Nancy Best

That smart move got the guests including Raffle Chair Rachel Michell and husband John Michell, Luncheon Underwriting Co-Chairs Abi and Fred Perpall, Bob White, Gail Davis, Genesis Board of Trustees Chair Nancy Best and Jessica and Drew Spaniol out on the patio for presentations by Genesis CEO Jan Langbein, Nikki and Crayton, Greg and Genesis Senior Director of Fund and Community Development Bianca Jackson about the upcoming luncheon featuring Arianna Huffington at the Hilton Anatole on Monday, May 15.

Mission Ole Patrons Got A First Look At Greg Nieberding’s Labor Of Love

A couple of guests kept asking homeowner/Mission Ole Chair Greg Nieberding if his home was Texas contemporary. The ever diplomatic and patient Greg just kept smiling and saying, “It’s midcentury contemporary.”

Paige McDaniel and Greg Nieberding

Paige McDaniel and Greg Nieberding

Actually, it was 2015 miracle. Greg had just laid his hands on the 58-year-old home only a block away from a former First Family back in May. The Jack Wood-designed home had had only one owner, but it needed a bit of updating. Still Greg was not going to sacrifice the beauty and charm of the 3,000+ square-foot structure’s origins.

A look in the living room

A look in the living room

Respecting the beauty of the wood and the screen panels, the terrazzo floors, the low-beamed ceiling and white leather sectional in the den and floor-to-ceiling windows, he created a home that Don Draper would have killed for.

Living room

Living room

Nutone Built-In Center

Nutone Built-In Center

The kitchen boasted 21st century appliance alongside touches of the “Father Knows Best” era like the vintage-colored Geneva cabinets and Formica counter tops with the 1960’s high-tech NuTone In-Built food center that could handle appliances for mixing, blending, juicing and sharpening knives.

Thanks to smartly positioned windows and a new roof, Greg fessed up that his electricity bill had only checked in around the $200 mark. But on the downside, the 78 sprinkler heads satisfying the near-acre property with towering trees backing up to Tom Hick’s estate had hit the $500 zone.

Lady of the Dead

Lady of the Dead

Gail Fischer and Cindy Turner

Gail Fischer and Cindy Turner

Cupaioli design

Cupaioli design

For its debut, Greg opened it up for the Mission Ole patron party on Thursday, October 1. As crickets were heard “Cricketing” in the distance, guests like Gail Fischer, Cindy Turner, Dawn Spalding and Mission Ole Honorary Chair Katherine Wynne arrived to be greeted by a life-size Lady of the Dead. The dress was glorious. Her face could have used a skillful plastic surgeon.

In one room, Paige McDaniel pointed out a charming youth’s outfit in a glass frame. It had been designed in the 1960’s by the home’s previous owner, Ed Cupaioli. Greg had found it online and preserved it complete with the label showing.

Trinity River Mission CEO Dolores Sosa Green said ticket sales for the Thursday, October 29th Mission Ole’s Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) at Trinity Groves were moving swiftly. While it’s just hours away from Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated in Mexico on November 1. But why not get a head start and get all costumed up for the benefit of Trinity River Mission.