January 26, 2015

Cattlemen’s Ball goes west, raises more than a million for cancer research

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska raised more than a million dollars for cancer research.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska raised more than a million dollars.

This year, the ball was held at the Hoot Owl Ranch in Harrisburg June 6th and 7th in extreme western Nebraska’s Banner County. It raised $1.3 million, the fourth highest total. The ball has raised more than $11 million over the years.

The money raised benefits the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, while showcasing Nebraska and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet.

According to officials, 90% of the proceeds will fund cancer research with 10% funding local health care organizations.

“Once again, this reinforces what a unique event the Cattlemen’s Ball is,” said Dr. Ken Cowan,

director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in a statement released UNMC. “There is nothing like it. Each year, it goes to a different Nebraska community, and each year it is an incredible success.

“This year’s ball was special. The entire panhandle rallied behind it. The pristine hills of Banner County made for a spectacular setting. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who made it possible. It’s a tremendous commitment, and they couldn’t have pulled it off with more grace and class.”

The ball, which had the theme “Corral a Cure for Cancer,” was a sellout, with 4,000 in attendance. It featured silent and live auctions, a style show, a golf tournament, and art show, and a concert by Montgomery Gentry.

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska next year will be held on June 5th and 6th at the Tom Herzog and Kim Schweers’ Ranch near Redbird, close to the Niobrara River.