According to 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall,
‘The first Cattle Baron’s Ball was a full-fledged Texas barbecue under the chairmanship of Patti Hunt and Jacque Wynne, who founded the event to raise funds for cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
“More than 500 guests attended the western-themed event in 1974, which was held at Toddie Lee Wynne’s Star Brand Ranch. Through ticket sales and the auction, the inaugural event raised $56,000. Today the ball hosts more than 3,000 guests and raises millions each year. We invite you to join us in continuing this rich tradition.
“Country music’s most revered performers have entertained at the ball throughout its 47-year history, including Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Brooks and Dunn, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Big and Rich, Toby Keith, Sugarland and Brad Paisley.
“While some might be hand-wringing at the prospect of continuing a legacy of ensuring more cancer research dollars are spent in Dallas than anywhere else in the country, they probably aren’t familiar with the members of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. This year’s ball is appropriately themed ‘Double Down Against Cancer.’
“Fortunately, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee is not comprised of the faint-of-heart – as evidenced by the fact that the CBB is the largest single-night fundraiser in the nation for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. To date, the ball has generated over $86 million in only 47 years.
“After a year without a gathering celebrating our generous donors, we are so excited to put the finishing touches on this year’s ball at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 23, with headliner Dierks Bentley. Our renowned Silent and Live Auctions are among the best in the country with exotic travel, elegant jewelry and one-of-kind experiences that cannot be replicated.
“In addition to tickets and table sales, we invite you to market your business through one of Cattle Baron’s sponsorship opportunities and surprise elements the evening of the ball. This truly is your year to ‘Double Down Against Cancer.’
“Visit cattlebaronsdallascancer.org or call 214.443.9222 for more information.”
* Graphic/photo provided by 2021 Cattle Baron's Ball