About 8,000 partygoers traveled to Cypress on Dec. 9 for the Lanier Law Firm’s 20th annual Christmas Party, where the guests ate fajitas and barbeque, rode carnival rides and snacked on carnival food such as funnel cakes, popcorn and homemade root beer. The party was at the home of Mark and Becky Lanier.
The highlight was a 75-minute private concert by country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Hill told the crowd that two of their three daughters were at the party and enjoying the carnival rides and other activities while she and McGraw performed.
Before Hill and McGraw took the stage, Lanier introduced Rafael Espada, the former vice president of Guatemala and a former surgeon in Houston who started a charity called Guatemala SANA, which provides educational programs and other support for needy children in Guatemala. Guests to the party are asked to contribute to Guatemala SANA.
In an email, Lanier wrote that he doesn’t disclose how much the party raised for charity, but he wrote that “people were generous” and “this year looks like our best yet.”
The Laniers are known for booking impressive entertainment. In 2011, Rascal Flatts performed, and about 7,000 people attended the party despite a chilly rain.
Even the invites are attention grabbing: This year it was a train set.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys