2017 Junior Cattle Barons Ball Celebrants Created Pillow Artwork Before Attending Disney On Ice At American Airlines Center

As the princesses and princes lined up at American Airlines Center for the Disney on Ice performance on Sunday, March 19, there was a VIP gathering already underway at AAC’s Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club for the ultimate royals. They were the kids from Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center who had locked horns with the ultimate dragon — cancer.

But they weren’t just there to see the show and get on a sugar high with jelly beans, M&Ms and malt balls as part of the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball. They were put to work, but it was fun work.  Immediately upon arrival, they picked up the pillow cases provided by Luke’s Fastbreak and were directed to tables to decorate ‘em.

Finished pillow case

Hello? Pillow cases? Instead of past years, when the kiddos got their faces temporarily painted, they got to decorate the pillows for keeps. After all, who wants to sleep on a ho-hum pillow? It was a brilliant addition to the annual pre-show extravaganza at the center. The children and their siblings didn’t hesitate to start decorating. Why, shoot! Some of them were dreamy works with art/heart that couldn’t help but create sweet dreams.

Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir

Anne Stodghill and Dash Stodghill

Behind the tables were junior hostesses Caroline Corrigan, Rosemary LeBlanc and Sarah Munir. Despite her tan line, Rosemary reported that she had stayed home for spring break.

CBB Co-Chair Anne Stodghill accompanied by her tousle-hair son Dash Stodghill told how their stay in New Mexico had been spent counting out-of-town license plants for Dash’s third-grade project.

The Williams clan: (from the left) Whitney, Jamie and Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate

Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan

Just as the doors opened for the afternoon fun on ice, Moody Foundation Human Resources  Director Jamie Williams arrived with her Williams family (Whitney, Craig, Graham, Georgia, Andrew, Derrin, Lanier, Mary and Kate) in tow. It was thanks to The Moody Foundation that the event took place and also thanks to coordination by CBB-ers Merrick Huckin, Debbie Munir, Catherine Jaynes, Juliana LeBlanc and Mary C. Corrigan.

2016 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Partied With Painted Faces And Hula Hoops Before Heading To The Circus

On Sunday, August 7, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Baronesses and their kids held the annual Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball honoring the munchkin cancer warriors from Children’s Health and Medical City Children’s Hospital at a party at American Airlines Center’s Old Number 7 before the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

There were kid-friendly swag bags and loads of food, but the real action was divided.

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

From the left: (adults) Craig Williams, Whitney and Todd Williams, Derrin and Mary Williams, Jamie Williams; (children) Graham Williams, Georgia Williams, Kate Williams, Andrew Williams, Lanier Williams and Phillip Williams

Thanks to presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation, Jr. CBB Co-Chairs Mary C. Corrigan and Lisa Ogle were able to arrange for a couple of activities that were ideal for the pre-show party.

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Kamila Cortes

Kamila Cortes

First was the face decorating. The lineup for face painting was never-ending with four facial artists creating masterpieces. In this situation having a lack of hair was doggone adorable. Fashionista Cassidy Barrett accessorized beautifully with a pink lace headband. Kamila Cortes opted for the pierced ear look and instead of having her face painted, she had a nifty purple cat created on her left arm. When one youngster was asked if he had always been that cute, his reply was: “Yes!”

Across the way, an old-time toy became a real pacesetter — hula hoops! Who would have thought in this day and age of 3D games that the 1950’s hoop would thrill. Needless to say, the adults looked on thinking, “Someone is going to sleep soundly tonight.”

Bella Anderson

Bella Anderson

Maidie Corrigan

Maidie Corrigan

Mary and Lisa provided an additional surprise. Thanks to Luke Lange, each of the young cancer patients received a Luke’s FastBreaks T-shirt. Because Luke has been where these kids have been, these T-shirts are designed to have the cool factor as well as snaps on the side that allow for cancer treatments.

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for tens of thousands of cute faces, both natural and painted!

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

From the left: Dawn Greiner, Julie Clancy, Kathryn Henry, Jennifer Walters, Andrea Weber, Danielle Sealy, Lisa Ogle, Brynn Bagot and Mary C. Corrigan

While many were in faraway places or sleeping in on Sunday, August 7, Cattle Baronesses Mary C. Corrigan and Lisa Ogle were hustling down at AT&T Arena for the annual Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Nainga Thomas

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Hudson Whiteman

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

Cassidy Barrett

The event celebrates munchkins and their families, who are battling childhood cancer. And what were the two most popular items at the party? Well, you’ll just have to wait for the post. But until then, check out the incredibly, absolutely adorable kiddos at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

From the left: Christopher Merrell III, LaTonia Merrell, Chasity Merrell, Christin Merrell and Christopher Merrell II

From the left: Christopher Merrell III, LaTonia Merrell, Chasity Merrell, Christin Merrell and Christopher Merrell II

If you need an incentive to support cancer research via the Cattle Baron’s Ball at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 15, you’ll see it in the eyes of the wee warriors.

Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball Cowboyed Up And Booted Cancer For A Three-Ring Party

On Sunday, August 2, the Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball commenced in the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club in the American Airlines Center just before the very special guests took their seats for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Joining their CBB parents, youngsters like Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne helped hand out the gift bags and welcomed the honorees, who were cancer patients being treated at Children’s Medical Center and Medical City Children’s Hospital, and their families.

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

Sloane Ogle, Izzy Ogle, Stella Wynne and Ford Wynne

One onlooker, who had just become a first-time father three days before looked at the herd of youngsters and their families as they poured in past the metal detector. His daughter was not only healthy, she had a full head of hair. He paused and said, “You can never look at your own child the same way when you see what these parents have been through.”

What they had been through was supporting their munchkins in the battle against cancer. While other kids dreaded flu shots and cried honest tears over an occasional blood test, these Junior CBBs guests of honor had suffered through all types of hellfire in battling the evil disease.

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Bryan Blevins, Banjo Blevins, Flick Blevins, Kcee Blevins and Jubilee Blevins

Junior Cattle Baron's sponsors

Junior Cattle Baron’s sponsors

There were those with hairless heads topped off with colorful bandannas and headbands, who were obvious frontliners having gone through chemotherapy and other treatments. There were others like tousle-haired Flick Blevins, who didn’t show the outward signs of the treatments.

But all of their moms and dads like Bryan and Kcee Blevins reflected signs of greater appreciation for their children’s courage and well being. These adults had also gone through so much having to balance normal parenting issues with the invasion of cancer within the family unit. And then there were the sisters and brothers like Jubilee Blevins and Banjo Blevins , who had had to grow up quickly to understand their sibling’s situation and their parents’ challenges.

But on this day, cancer may have been the common denominator but it was not allowed past the front door metal detectors. There were no needles, no pills, no discussion of treatments. Instead there were smiles, a bit of thumb sucking, giggles and relief that kids could be kids thanks to the annual event presenting sponsor The Moody Foundation and other sponsors. It was a day to laugh at silly clowns, stare in awe at aerialists and dream of being just kids thanks to the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2014 Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball

Rio and friends

Rio and friends

Wow! This morning has been filled with jewelry. Makes you want to get a new jewel box. But how about some photos of other types of gems? You know the kind that only get bigger and bigger thanks to great health care and fundraising. Have we got a deal for you!

Lisa Ogle

Lisa Ogle

The MySweetCharity Photo Gallery just posted pictures from the Saturday, April 12th Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball that took place at the Studio Movie Grill on Technology with Rio on wing. . . or, rather on hand to welcome the kids of all ages. Even the parents got into the action of face painting, breakfasting and getting to know “Princess.” But more about Princess later.

Words Failed To Describe Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball

_MG_1859Just sometimes, there are events that need no words. The pictures of the faces say it all. The Junior Cattle Baron’s Ball at American Airlines Center on Sunday, April 7, was one of those events. Just before Disney on Ice Rockin Ever After commenced, Jr. CBB Co-chairs Lisa Ogle and Tia Wynne and their Cattle Baron’s Ball committee members produced a party with food and fun for munchkins who have first-hand experience in battling cancer. Thanks to sponsors The Moody Foundation, Feld Entertainment, American Airlines Center and Krogers, the children and their families partied and then headed into the arena for the ice show.

For this reason, the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery will provide the coverage of this day of cheer for little heroes among us.