About 150 Cattle Barons committee members and “friends” got together Friday at Mersina and Phin Stubbs place to celebrate the holidays and the fact that they raised $3 million this past year. As 2011 CBB Chair Jennifer Dix and Daffan Nettle (pictured right with Jennifer Dix) greeted guests at the door, the crowd grew and grew.
While the weather was perfect for the Stubbs to put their outdoor entertainment area to full use, they didn’t want to take any chances. So three outdoor heaters were in place and lit up. Well, afterall when you’re wearing bare-shouldered and silky cocktail dresses, the slightest chill just isn’t fashionable.
Laurie Harrison sparkled having just returned from spending Thanksgiving with her kids in Argentina. (That was the trip she won at the KidneyTexas fashion show/luncheon.). . . Jennifer’s husband Richard Dix (pictured) was looking forward to his year as CBB First Husband. . . J.B. Hayes in black opaque stockings and silver/black heels was talking Super Bowl XLV. . . Tanya Foster was reporting on the Dallas Film Society’s private screening of The Tourist the night before. Advice: With the twist at the end of the movie, it may require a second viewing.
In addition to wall-to-wall CBB types, the Mediterranean-style home was a marvelous blending of very current with very special collectibles from the past. For example, on one wall in the den was a David Bates art (pictured). While in the dining room was an exquisite silver Lazy Susan that is one of Mersina’s favorites. It had belonged to her aunt, the late Virginia Nick. Despite all the food on the table, the Lazy Susan (pictured) was a showstopper.
Just in case you were born ten minutes ago, Virginia Nick was one of the foundation builders of today’s Dallas Opera. Before there was ever a Cattle Barons Ball, there was Virginia Nick fundraising for the arts.
History lesson over.