We got a rare, very cool opportunity to peak into the amazing Strait Lane home of Amanda and Brint Ryan this week and join the folks supporting the 2012 St. Jude Golf Classic and Evening Under the Stars party this weekend. That’s me with Stacy Blank and Regina Bruce. We were in the amazing first floor game room, flanked by a bar, complete exterior kitchen, a roomful of pinball machines, a wall of model trains, and much, much more. Stacy and her husband, David, own The Diamond Doctor where St. Jude enjoyed a kick-off party a few weeks ago. If you don’t know much about St. Jude, you should: this hospital caters to children with cancer and meets their every need — emotional, medical, physical. Children don’t as much as pay for a can of coca cola as everything is done to treat them. St. Jude is a global resource focused solely on research and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The late entertainer Danny Thomas opened the doors to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962, and the facility is celebrating 50 years of continuously developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through clinical research trials, more than 90 percent of St. Jude patients with cancer are enrolled on a research study. St. Jude treats conditions that do not respond well to current standard treatments, offering new treatments that could prove to be more effective or have fewer side effects.
The 50th anniversary gala, Evening Under the Stars Party (EUTS) will be held on Saturday, October 13th at the new Omni Dallas Hotel and feature cocktails, dinner and a private performance by superstars Kenny Alphine and John Rich of chart busting duo Big & Rich. This year’s event will honor Mary and Mike Terry for the continued commitment to St. Jude. In addition, EUTS attendees will enjoy a live and silent auction. Following the main party, St. Jude will host the first Evening Under the Stars After Party continuing through 1am which will spotlight The Rusty Brothers, a Dallas based band. EUTS Sponsorships are available and individual tickets are $250 stjude.org/dallasevents. After Party tickets are available starting at $75 at stjude.org/dallasafterparty.
Now for the Brint Ryan story. As you know, he ran for City Council a few years ago, and spent more than anyone in the history of city councils probably has spent on the campaign, which Ann Margolin won. Texas Monthly calls him one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics. He owns a huge corporate tax company that is probably multi-national. Anyhow, we were talking real estate and of course I had to bring up his neighbor down the street, Richard Malouf. Brint also told me he almost bought Champ D’Or in Hickory Creek, God, can you believe that place is finally sold? I told you, yes, that the Tabinis are turning it into an entertainment center.
Brint told me had he bought it, he would have torn it down and developed the land! I am obsessed with this guy — he’s like the Larry Ellison of Dallas real estate!