Last Saturday evening, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound presented “Fiesta Flower Mound 2012 – The Greatest Show in Town.” Partnering with the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event each year, “Presby,” that marvelous 12-acre medical community in the heart of town, was the major sponsor of this year’s extravaganza at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine. Other sponsors included Senator Jane Nelson, whose district includes all of Flower Mound; Cornerstone Staffing, owned by former Mayor Jody Smith and her husband Steve; Lantana; Heritage Health Solutions; CoServ Electric; and several others.
The work that goes into these annual funfests should be generously applauded because such flawless organization and attention to detail doesn’t occur without the tireless efforts of this hardworking Chamber and many others in the business and political community. Just imagine about how much time and effort goes into such things as preparing items for the silent and the live auctions. (Mike Fickling did his usual professional job as auctioneer at the event, assisted by spotters like Chuck and Chad Elsey, et.al.)
With red and white wines on every table (wines were sponsored by the Elsey & Elsey law firm), accompanied by a selection of hors d’oeuvres, the evening began with a welcome from Title Sponsor Jane “The Real Enchilada” Nelson. That was followed by a sumptuous dinner and a few words from Presby CEO Spencer Turner and board member Dr. Mike Hisey.
There was more than ample time to walk around the grand ballroom and chat with some of the guests before the dancing began. I spent a few minutes talking to State Rep Tan Parker, who is always accessible to his constituents, and a man who personifies conservative values and fiscal prudence in the Texas House. Earlier, Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads and his lovely wife, Ginger, could be seen diligently rehearsing with the 8-foot man on stilts who became the opening act of the show.
Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden moved around the large room, stopping to shake hands and engage in conversation with some of the jubilant partiers. I had the pleasure of briefly talking with Councilman Bryan Webb about current events as we both stepped outside for a breath of cool air. The Cross Timbers Gazette publisher Max Miller, always ready with a sincere smile and a firm handshake, spent part of the evening helping with the schedule of events. During dinner we were entertained by a ballet duet with an amazing ability for dancing with props.
Speaking of dancing, about 9:45 the place became electric with flashing lights and bursts of scintillating music as LE FREAK thundered onto the stage with a medley of terpsichorean treasures that set the crowd on fire. P & Z board member Angie Cox led the way as she rhythmically strutted her stuff across the dance floor, just before it became a wall-to-wall gathering of gyrating, pulsating, sashaying hoofers, mesmerized by some of the hottest music in the Metroplex. Presby board member Dr. Dennis Costa and his marvelous wife, former Highland Village Mayor Dianne Costa, were tripping the light fantastic, making it obvious that this wasn’t their first rodeo.
My wife Annette and I, no slouches when it comes to “hotfootin’ on the hardwood,” didn’t get off the floor until the band took their first short break. However, when they started to rock again, we started to roll….toward the parking lot (happily, this lively soiree was as much exercise as 5 visits to Lifetime Fitness). We didn’t stay for Casino Night, but the large assemblage circling the gaming tables made it evident that many others did.
Once again, the FM Chamber went all out to make this the party of the year. Major kudos to Fiesta Co-Chairs Lori Walker and Michele Diaz. In addition, let’s give a genuine round of applause to all the Chamber members and their assistants who participated in this spectacular evening of social and musical enjoyment. Nobody does it better!!