Boots and Bling

Troy Aikman and other celebrity cowboys help raise Texas-size bucks for Sky Ranch youth camp

Troy Aikman and other celebrity cowboys help raise Texas-size bucks for Sky Ranch youth camp

Corey Byrd, Tiffany Byrd, Tory Aikman, Carole Byrd, Cary Byrd
Corey Byrd , Tiffany Byrd , Cary Byrd , Carole Byrd , Cary Byrd Photo by Dana Driensky
Michael Jackson, Kathy Jackson
Michael Jackson , Kathy Jackson Photo by Dana Driensky
Bob Paulk, Linda Paulk, Troy Aikman, Jamie McCray, Keller McCray
Bob Paulk , Linda Paulk , Troy Aikman , Jamie McCray , Keller McCray Photo by Dana Driensky
George Seay IV, Troy Aikman, George Seay III
George Seay IV , Troy Aikman , George Seay III Photo by Dana Driensky
Key Coker, Catherine Coker
Key Coker , Catherine Coker Photo by Dana Driensky
Debbie Ledet, Bobby Paulk, Bob Paulk, Ashleigh Paulk, Janet Dorsett, George Seay IV, George Seay III, Jeff Jeans, Stacy Urtso, Ben Pouge
Janet Dorsett , George Seay IV , Debbie Ledet , George Seay III , Bobby Paulk , Bob Paulk , Ashleigh Paulk , Jeff Jeans , Stacy Urtso , Ben Pouge Photo by Dana Driensky
Carole Murray, Scott Murray
Carole Murray , Scott Murray Photo by Dana Driensky
Cliff Harris, Walt Garrison, Karen Harris, Troy Aikman
Photo by Dana Driensky
Corey Byrd, Tiffany Byrd, Tory Aikman, Carole Byrd, Cary Byrd
Michael Jackson, Kathy Jackson
Bob Paulk, Linda Paulk, Troy Aikman, Jamie McCray, Keller McCray
George Seay IV, Troy Aikman, George Seay III
Key Coker, Catherine Coker
Debbie Ledet, Bobby Paulk, Bob Paulk, Ashleigh Paulk, Janet Dorsett, George Seay IV, George Seay III, Jeff Jeans, Stacy Urtso, Ben Pouge
Carole Murray, Scott Murray
Cliff Harris, Walt Garrison, Karen Harris, Troy Aikman

Texans are always ready for a fundraiser with "boots and bling" as the requested attire. At the sixth annual Cowboys & Cowboys Sky Ranch Gala at the InterContinental Hotel, attendees were a vision in Western, with Stetsons, fringed jackets and that quintessential Texas wardrobe staple, cowboy boots. Oh, and a flash of fur.

Even celebrity chair Troy Aikman came out looking like a Southern gent. But that was no surprise. 

Although the crowd made a true Texas fashion statement, they were there for a greater purpose: to support Sky Ranch, a Christian camp dedicated to providing youth with guidance for living a moral life.

To help fund scholarships, guests — including Kathy and Michael Jackson, Catherine and Key Coker, George Seay III, Janet Dorsett and Stacy Urtso — bid on leather boots, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, travel packages, celeb-signed guitars and more treasures in the silent and live auctions. John Morgan, the camp's ministry manager, fervently explained the reason to provide for less fortunate kids. "You're donating to change a life," he said.

As devout attendees dined on beef tenderloin and thyme Parmesan polenta, emcee Scott Murray introduced the celebrity cowboys — from the football field to the rodeo arena. Among the sportsman joining Aikman were Michael Irvin, Bob Lilly, Tony Lisico, Don McIlhenny, John Phillips, Walt Garrison and Cliff Harris.

President and CEO of Sky Ranch Linda Paulk told us they raised $650,000 in scholarships last year. This year, once it's all tallied, they hope the sum hits $1 million.