Texas-Style Fundraising

Cattle Baron’s Ball taps into Texas pride for blockbuster Dallas gala

Cattle Baron’s Ball taps into Texas pride for blockbuster Dallas gala

Katie Tauscher, Elizabeth Starrs, Sara Fay Egan
Katie Tauscher, Elizabeth Starrs, Sara Fay Egan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tabitha Grayston, Matt Nordgren
Tabitha Grayston, Matt Nordgren Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dwight Yoakum
Dwight Yoakum Photo by WJNPHOTO
Toby Keith
Toby Keith Photo by WJNPHOTO
Delayna Minter, Nardos Iman
Delayna Minter, Nardos Iman Photo by WJNPHOTO
Laney Kell, Randy Meyer
Laney Kell, Randy Meyer Photo by WJNPHOTO
Carla Rosenberg, Kristin Smith, Laura Farris
Carla Rosenberg, Kristin Smith, Laura Farris Photo by WJNPHOTO
Vodi Cook, McKenzie Brittingham, Ryan McManemin
Vodi Cook, McKenzie Brittingham, Ryan McManemin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Seth Davidow, Marnie Davidow
Seth Davidow, Marnie Davidow Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ginger Auer, Piper Wyatt
Ginger Auer, Piper Wyatt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Megan Huffstickler, Macee Blanchard, Rachel Robinson
Megan Huffstickler, Macee Blanchard, Rachel Robinson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Larry Gayao, Amber LaFrance
Larry Gayao, Amber LaFrance Photo by WJNPHOTO
Charlie Schufeldt, Jim Schufeldt
Charlie Schufeldt, Jim Schufeldt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guest on a Ferris wheel at Cattle Barons Ball 2016
Attendees enjoy the Ferris wheel before the musical entertainment. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Len Critcher, Pamela Critcher
Len Critcher, Pamela Critcher Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shawna Kukendall, Kristen Lambeth, Carron Batt
Shawna Kuykendall, Kristen Lambeth, Carron Batt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Texas Proud theme at Cattle Baron's Ball 2016
The theme was proudly displayed. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Katie Tauscher, Elizabeth Starrs, Sara Fay Egan
Tabitha Grayston, Matt Nordgren
Dwight Yoakum
Toby Keith
Delayna Minter, Nardos Iman
Laney Kell, Randy Meyer
Carla Rosenberg, Kristin Smith, Laura Farris
Vodi Cook, McKenzie Brittingham, Ryan McManemin
Seth Davidow, Marnie Davidow
Ginger Auer, Piper Wyatt
Megan Huffstickler, Macee Blanchard, Rachel Robinson
Larry Gayao, Amber LaFrance
Charlie Schufeldt, Jim Schufeldt
Guest on a Ferris wheel at Cattle Barons Ball 2016
Len Critcher, Pamela Critcher
Shawna Kukendall, Kristen Lambeth, Carron Batt
Texas Proud theme at Cattle Baron's Ball 2016

With superstar entertainment and millions raised for the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball is a big deal in Dallas. For 2016, chairwomen Cara French and Andrea Weber welcomed a “Texas Proud” crowd to Gilley’s Dallas on October 15.

Dressed in their best Western(ish) attire, thousands of attendees — including Kim Schlegel Whitman, Kari Schlegel Kloewer, Kent Rathbun, Maggie Cooke Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Piper Wyatt, JB Hayes, Marjon and Gibbs Henderson, Nina Sachse, and Tanya and Pete Foster — began the evening with the smooth sounds of Dwight Yoakam in the live auction room.

To think that was just the warm-up.

G Texas Catering provided an endless supply of bites throughout the night, at stations stocked with Southern staples such as barbecue, Tex-Mex, Creole, and chili. Among the favorites were jalapeño chicken knots, cracked pepper shrimp on green chile grit cakes, and sausage strudel with ground mustard. There also was a decadent dessert bar.

After sufficiently fueling up, guests ventured into the auction rooms. Both live and silent auctions were stacked with prize packages that ranged from exciting excursions — an adventure hiking trip in Bhutan, a Kentucky Derby package, a Tag Heuer Indy 500 VIP experience — to clothing and jewelry. When not placing bids, partiers took rides on a Ferris wheel. 

Then it was time to find a spot around the Miller Lite Main Stage to see headliner Toby Keith, who wooed fans with songs like “Red Solo Cup,” “How Do You Like Me Now,” and “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The country-loving crowd sang along to every word.

Post-concert, the fun continued at the after-party, where Studio 54 Band played and everyone got a few last bites.

Since 1974, Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised nearly $68 million in the ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer via the American Cancer Society. This year’s gala proceeds are targeting melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which takes the lives of more than 10,000 people in the United States each year.