Shelby's Social Diary
NFL ref tells all at Alley Wild Things dinner but mum's the word
NFL referee Jeff Lamberthserved up plenty of pithy commentary at the Alley Theatre's annual Wild Things fundraiser on Tuesday. The only trouble is, his entertaining anecdotes were completely off the record. So you'll have to catch up with chairs of the black-tie, all-male dinner Meredith Long and Jonathan Finger for details.
Or you could ask any of the other 130 gents who poured in to the Coronado Club for the testosterone-laced evening. Check with Scotty Arnoldy, Dan Tutcher, Roger Plank or Ernie Cockrell for the gridiron nitty gritty.
Previously this gourmet wild game dinner evening has been billed as a men's smoker. But it seems that after last year's highly successful soirée in which the cigar smoke billowed throughout the private downtown club, so much effort was required to rid the place of the tobacco aroma that stogies were nixed for 2011. Aw-shucks.
Nevertheless, spirits ran high as the guys bid on silent auction items, supped on manly fare (beef tenderloin and lamb chops with amaranth risotto) and tallied their discretionary incomes for the live auction.
Once again, Apache offered its swell hunting and fishing trip to the energy company's Shady Lane Ranch in Ucross, Wyo., and, same as last year, the firm agreed to sell it twice to the two highest bidders. That combined with revenues from two other live auction items — a football that saw action in Sunday's Super Bowl game and trip to Cibolo Creek Ranch via private jet — helped the Alley bring in total revenues of $238,975.
Maintaining the manly tradition were Rob Reedy, Jesse Marion, Reed Morian, Byron Hood, Steve Mach, Scott McCool, Dennis Murphree, Jeffrey Stone, Bill Porter and the Alley's managing director Dean Gladden. Family support for Jonathan Finger came from Richard Finger and Marvy Finger.