Cattle Baron's Ball

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The Cattle Baron's Ball in Dallas is a single-night fundraiser for cancer research benefiting the American Cancer Society. The first Cattle Baron's Ball was held in 1974 at the Star Brand Ranch and raised $56,000. In 2009, the Cattle Baron's Ball at South Fork Ranch raised $3.5 million.[1] As of 2009, the Cattle Baron's Ball has raised nearly $40 million for cancer research.[2]

Country music's most revered performers have entertained at the ball throughout its 35+ year history, including Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Brooks & Dunn, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Sugarland and Brad Paisley, among many others.[3] More than $32 million of the money raised has been allocated to UT Southwestern Medical Center.[4] The Ball typically holds a raffle featuring luxury items donated by sponsors and partners, which have included Park Place Porsche,[5] Christie's, Winstar World Casino, and Eisemann Jewelers.[6]

Given the size, time of year (autumn) and outdoor location of the event, in the past attendees and organizers often dealt with inclement weather and muddy roads on the night of the Ball. The 2009 Cattle Baron's Ball was particularly plagued with limos and other vehicles that became entrenched in the mud; it was estimated that between 500 and 1000 vehicles required towing.[7]

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  1. ^ "Past Events". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "About the Cattle Baron's Ball". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Summary". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Summary". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Come See Some Real Horse Power at the 2010 Cattle Baron's Ball". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Eisemann Jewelers Charitable Contributions". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Cattle Baron's Ball became a quagmire". 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

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