A Little Rain Never Hurt Nobody

Pouring rain, mounds of mud and the Dallas cast: Cattle Baron's Ball 2012 was one for the history books

Pouring rain, mounds of mud and the Dallas cast: Cattle Baron's Ball 2012 was one for the history books

Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton Photo by Robert Bostick
Brenda Strong, Josh Henderson, Larry Hagman
Brenda Strong , Josh Henderson , Larry Hagman Photo by Robert Bostick
Billy Hicks, Paula Hicks
Billy Hicks , Paula Hicks Photo by Robert Bostick
Kathryn Beach, Merry Wyatt, Meg McGonigle
Kathryn Beach , Merry Wyatt , Meg McGonigle Photo by Robert Bostick
Christopher Sido, Tavo Sido
Christopher Sido , Tavo Sido Photo by Robert Bostick
Abigail Bebee, Lindsay Gillen
Abigail Bebee , Lindsay Gillen Photo by Robert Bostick
Barbara Daseke
Barbara Daseke Photo by Robert Bostick
Deborah Ferguson
Deborah Ferguson Photo by Robert Bostick
Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton Photo by Robert Bostick
Jennifer Chininis, Rachael Abrams, Phyllis Cole, Jessica Baldwin
A s'mores station was set up with all the essentials: pink and white marshmallows, assorted chocolates and graham crackers.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Blake Shelton
Brenda Strong, Josh Henderson, Larry Hagman
Billy Hicks, Paula Hicks
Kathryn Beach, Merry Wyatt, Meg McGonigle
Christopher Sido, Tavo Sido
Abigail Bebee, Lindsay Gillen
Barbara Daseke
Deborah Ferguson
Blake Shelton
Jennifer Chininis, Rachael Abrams, Phyllis Cole, Jessica Baldwin

The Cattle Baron’s Ball is one of the most anticipated events of the year, so when the weather reports predicted a downpour, we were worried. But that was silly. Driving rain didn’t stop the throngs of supporters from roughing it at Southfork Ranch. They were bound and determined to see heartthrob Blake Shelton — and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Sure, the ball was a muddy mess, but who wouldn’t stomp through a little sludge to see the country star and support the largest fundraiser for cancer research? Even without his band’s instruments — which were too wet to use — the country crooner still put on a heck of a show. 

Although the weather dampened a few Luccheses, ladies still sparkled (a shout out to Pinto Ranch for providing our jewels for the evening) and gents still shined, to the delight of co-chairs Skye Brewer and Kristen Johnson — and a team of more than 100 ladies — who prepared all year for the grand celebration.

To keep guests semi-dry and as comfortable as possible, huge white tents were spread throughout the land — for the buffet of Southern comfort food, musical performances, and silent and live auctions. And thankfully so: Funds raised totaled more than $1 million.  

Even though they were a little rain-soaked, guests such as Barbara Daseke, Lisa GarzaPaula and Billy Hicks, Abigail BebeeKathryn Beach, Merry Wyatt, Tavo and Christopher Sido, Meg McGonigleLindsay Gillen, and Kelly and Jeff Novel wore their cowboy-chic threads well. Members of the Dallas cast — including Larry Hagman, Josh Henderson and Brenda Strong — also braved the storm. 

Among the evening’s highlights: comfortable buses that transported guests from the valet and self-parking to the ranch, s’mores station that made us forget about the mud for a minute, Shelton singing "Home" with a guitar in hand, and the exciting travel packages in the silent auction.