Knockouts, Confessions at a Fat Tuesday Gathering

Erin Mathews Ray Balestri Heidi Dillon Bri CrumThere was an ebullient, truth-telling mood in the room when 200 business leaders turned up at Hotel ZaZa Dallas last night for D CEO magazine’s quarterly Happy Hour. Among those in the heavy-hitting crowd: e-Rewards founder Hal Brierley, political consultant Carol Reed, Thomas Group chairman Michael McGrath, Habitat for Humanity CEO Scott Begin, and retail real estate guru Herb Weitzman. Check the jump to find out who’s in this photo–and more dope about the Fat Tuesday gathering.

One commercial real estate powerhouse who attended, a knockout blonde, was heard telling a group: “I’m though with dating. There isn’t an eligible single man left in Dallas who has a job.”

(So much for the economic recovery, I guess.)

Meantime, former Neiman Marcus exec Tony Briggle was regaling another throng with this one on Stanley Marcus’ mother “Miss Minnie” Marcus, who at the time of the story was in her 90s:

When Mr. Stanley’s wife Billie died, it seems, the family summoned Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, which sent some men out to what they thought was Stanley’s house.

But they mistakenly showed up instead at Miss Minnie’s, which was nearby.

When they told her they were there “from Sparkman Hillcrest, for Mrs. Marcus,” Miss Minnie drew back and cried: “I’m not ready yet!”

The photo above from last night’s event shows, from left, Erin Mathews, Ray Balestri, Heidi Dillon and Bri Crum.

Erin, by the way, is not the knockout blonde referenced earlier; Erin’s in high-end residential real estate, not commercial.

Though she is a knockout. Matter of fact, she left the party early to attend her weekly kick-boxing class.

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