The ladies of Victory, the branch of the American Cancer Society that produces the annual Cattle Barons Ball, had plenty to kick up their heels over Saturday night when Lyle Lovett sang, the piggies raced and the greenbacks flowed in to the tune of $3.1 million.
More than 1,500 western-clad partygoers poured into the George Ranch for that annual night of country-themed frolic. After working up their appetites at casino tables, midway games and dancing to the sounds of Louis Crapitto and Doug Boggs and the Cowboy Jazz Band, revelers chowed down on mouthwatering bites from Pappas Catering. Few could resist those fresh-fried oysters, homemade tamales, pork sandwiches and more.
Heading up the year-long party planning were Cattle Barons Ball chairs Beth McGarry and Carol McGarry with assistance from the Victory team including president Kim Irwin and VIP party committee chairs Marilu Garza and Susie Gold.
As expected, the crowd went wild for Lovett, danced throughout his set and cheered when he returned for an encore of several songs.
The live auction contributed significantly to the bottom line with the quilt made by patients at Texas Children's Hospital selling twice for $50,000, after the first buyer donated it back. The decked out hunting truck and the trip to Africa were big sellers as well.
The party crowd included Allie and Jay Fields, Kate and Harry Lucrezi, Adriana and Jose Berlanga, Dee and Jim Darby, Julie and Marc Boon, Luvi and Carlos Wheelock, Mari and Juan Deshon, Raine and Alan Falik, Megan and Harris Masterson and new Houston residents Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors and wife Faith.