Cattle Baron’s Ball Raises Millions For American Cancer Society

By Cynthia Smoot          Photography by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Ice

THE SETTING: The 2021 Cattle Baron’s Ball was recently held at Gilley’s Dallas with award-winning country music fan favorite Dierks Bentley performing on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage. Chairs Diana Hamilton and Heather Randall returned to serve as leaders for an unprecedented second year after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 ball. Their efforts raised a whopping $3,665,700 for the American Cancer Society. 

THE STYLE: The evening included cocktails, buffet dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions followed by the concert. The Country Music Association’s award-winning Cole Swindell appeared on the Copart VIP stage prior to the live auction. D’Andra Simmons Lock, Gregg Asher, Amy Hampton, Hamilton Sneed, Nancy Gopez, Melissa and Joe Pastora, and Jane McGarry were among those in the crowd who donned cowboy boots in celebration of the evening.

THE PURPOSE:  Since 1974, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised more than $90 million for the American Cancer Society in North Texas. The ball is the largest single-night fundraising event for cancer research in the world. One hundred active volunteer committee members work tirelessly year-round to raise funds for cancer research projects in North Texas.