Gregg Moss and Becky Ditchfield emceed the event, helping to raise $230,000 for the society’s nationwide efforts in research and awareness.
About 650 guests attended a fun and adventure filled evening September 13th. In fact, so adventure filled, the event didn’t originally go as planned. A microburst and heavy rains just days before the ball tore the venue’s tents and made the soil too moist to erect new ones fast enough. At the last minute the location of this year’s Cattle Barons Ball was changed from the Poudre River Ranch to the Island Grove Regional Park Event Center in downtown Greeley. The hundreds of guests were notified through a massive phone chain operation, and everyone showed up ready to raise money for the cause.
Along with fundraising, this year’s event also honored a local volunteer for her hard work and dedication to the American Cancer Society. Kaye Ward of Windsor was presented the first annual Legend of the West Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the mission and success of the American Cancer Society. Kaye began contributing her personal efforts to the ACS through Cattle Barons Ball in 1992 when she started planning the first event. Her featured entertainer was Toby Keith, a then unknown country artist.
Dan and Deb Austin of Windsor were thrilled to chair such a successful event.
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