It was a night of nonstop fun at the 2017 Cattle Baron’s Ball, held at the sprawling George Ranch Historical Park in Rosenberg. Headlined by country star Dwight Yoakam, the event, “30 Years of Victory Over Cancer,” attracted a crowd of 1,875 attendees and brought in a whopping $2.2 million for the American Cancer Society.
Throughout the evening, partygoers, casually dressed in western wear, enjoyed activities, including Las Vegas-style gaming and midway games, a Redbird FMX flight simulator, pig races, face painting, and snaps by Photobooth as opening performances, first by singer-songwriter Adam Hood, and then by Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr., kept things humming along.
What's more, the gala featured a wine pull with nearly 400 bottles and a jewelry pull with fashionable items by Texas designer Kendra Scott, plus massive live and silent auctions, a signature of the Cattle Baron's Ball, with more than 240 items up for bid from a dazzling clutch handbag by Edie Parker to several domestic and international trip packages.
Giving attendees reason to pause, but only long enough to fuel up, was a buffet of Mexican fare provided by Hugo’s restaurant, a prime beef chili station compliments of Tony’s Catering, and sweets, from pate a choux to coconut panna cotta, by Mostly Chocolate & Catering.
Ball chairs Cindi Colvin, Denise Leisten, and Tammy Norman, joined Victory president Betty DuBose to honor the 92 founding members of the volunteer branch of the American Cancer Society that began in 1987.
Spotted in the crowd were NBC News national correspondent Janet Shamlian, who served as mistress of ceremonies, Katie and Harry Cullen, Lori Sarofim, Hannah and Cal McNair, Audrey and David Gow, Al Farb, Kristina Somerville, Joanna and Brad Marks, Patti and Don Murphy, Aly Badawi, Kristin Gergen, Natalie Nieto, Rob Ogletree, Debbie and Kent Chenevert, JoLynelle Farinal, Diane Cervenka, Lara Bell and Brent Milam, and Roseann Rogers.