Despite an intermittent chilly rain throughout the afternoon, an estimated 7,000 people attended the Lanier Law Firm’s annual holiday party on Sunday. The family oriented Christmas party featured entertainment from Rascal Flatts (pictured, center and right), carnival rides and amusements, barbecue and Tex-Mex food, carolers dressed in Victorian costumes, funnel cakes and a family of llamas. W. Mark Lanier, (pictured, left, with his wife, Becky), founder of the Houston plaintiffs’ firm, says the weather on Sunday was the worst in the 19 years his firm has given its outdoor party, but the rain didn’t seem to affect attendance much or stop kids from having fun. “When the kids are having fun, the parents are having fun,” he says. Lanier says only about 500 people stayed home instead of braving the rain to attend the event at his house in the Cypress area of northwest Houston. The party is also a charitable fundraiser. Lanier says attendees gave an amount “well into six figures” for Guatemala SANA, a charity that builds schools, equips classrooms and provides food for children of Guatemala. Lanier says he was impressed by the number of Rascal Flatts fans in the concert tent. The party is a must-do for members of the Texas legal community, who are drawn to the family activities and the big-name entertainment. In 2010, Sting performed, while the party featured New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi in 2009 and teen pop singer Miley Cyrus in 2008.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys