Looking around his jewelry emporium in Preston Center East on Wednesday, August 29, Lawrence Bock admitted this annual event was always a popular one. But this year it was different. Not only was Bachendorf’s filled to the rafters with 2018 Cattle Baron’s Ball committee members, underwriters and pals like Susan and John Farris, Diana Hamilton, Dawn Spalding, Marjon Henderson, Kristi Bare, Paige Westhoff, Isabell Novakov, Paul Dorman, Terri Anderson, Heather Randall and CBB 2018 Live Auctioneer Mike Jones checking out the live auction items that would be up for grabs on Saturday, October 20, but Lawrence’s wife, Katy Bock, was co-chairing the fundraiser at Gilley’s with equally blonde Jonika Nix.
While CBB-ers like JB Hayes buttonholed guests for raffle tickets and other guests like Stevan Hammond discovered new items to take home, past CBB chairs like Tia Wynne, Brooke Shelby, Olivia Kearney, KJ Sanger, Andrea Weber, Sunie Solomon, Cara French and 2019 CBB Co-Chair Wendy Messmann were on hand for the sake of the current crop of CBB-ers and to eyeball the 21 live auction items.
But halfway into the evening, Katy and Lawrence had a surprise. Song sheets were handed out to the guests and, with mic in hand, Lawrence’s mom, Elaine Bock, led the crowd in a sing-a-long of a tune she had penned.
BTW, since these luxury packages are pretty darn spectacular with some old favorites and some brand newbies, MySweetCharity will feature one daily leading up to the fundraiser on Saturday, October 20. Here is the first one:
2019 Tag Heuer Indy 500 VIP Experience*
As the official timepiece of the world’s most legendary race, the Indianapolis 500, TAG Heuer is offering you and one guest an opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime weekend for two at the 2019 running of the Indianapolis 500.
The VIP package** includes two domestic business class round-trip airfare tickets to and from the race, ground transportation to and from local airports, two nights in a premium hotel in Indianapolis, two private dinners, and on race day, a police escort to and from the Indy 500 track with special access to the TAG Heuer VIP Lounge. Enjoy special access to the “pits” where you can get an up-close view of all the sights and sounds of this race. You can experience the thrill of victory as you cheer for your favorite driver. All in TAG Heuer style!
Long after the checkered flag has been raised, you will be able to enjoy a special edition of the brand’s most iconic chronograph, The Monaco Gulf Special Edition. The Monaco was launched in 1969 and is historically the first Swiss-made automatic chronograph that is both square and waterproof and was crafted in honor of the long-standing partnership with the Monaco Grand Prix.
TAG Heuer ambassador Steve McQueen famously portrayed driver Michael Delaney while sporting a Monaco Calibre 11 in the 1971 film, LeMans, which depicts the golden age of motor racing. The McQueen-LeMans legacy is symbolically portrayed in this chronograph showing off the Gulf stripes, which served as the racing colors of his Team Gulf Porsche 917.
The special edition Monaco Gulf with its orange and blue parallel stripes, blue leather strap with orange top-stitching, offset crown, and bearing the classic HEUER logo, pays tribute to the rich history and 50th anniversary of the Gulf Racing stripes.
*Valid only during Indy 500 Race in May 2019. No exchanges or refunds on TAG Heuer timepieces. Trip details to be booked through TAG Heuer. ** Donated by Tag Heuer and Bachendorf's *** Photo provided by 2018 Cattle Baron's Ball