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The Cattle Baron's Ball is a one-of-a-kind event featuring amazing entertainment, great food, dancing, a spectacular auction, and much more benefiting the American Cancer Society. The Lubbock ball was founded in 1983, with Linda and Jo Mayes serving as the inaugural event chairs, as a way to honor those in their fight against cancer, remember those who are no longer with us, and to raise crucial funds for cancer research. 


Country music performers have entertained at the ball throughout its 41-year history, including Reba McEntire, Lee Greenwood, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Pat Green, Richie McDonald, Darryl Worley, Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, and Shane Smith and the Saints. The exquisite setting of the V-8 Ranch has been a treasured host location for the Lubbock ball for over 30 years thanks to the generosity of Sam Arnett III, Abby Flygare Quinn and the Honorable Brian Quinn.


More than 800 guests attend this western-themed event each year and the Lubbock Cattle Baron's Ball has become the event of the summer supporting our vision of ending cancer as we know it, for everyone. To date, the Lubbock ball has generated over $8 million over the past 41 years and with your support, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives in West Texas by helping people get well and stay well through finding cures and fighting back against cancer. 


*Please note, this event is 21 and up.


Meet our 2023 chairs, Gabe and Donya Butler!


They will tell you, hands down, that Cattle Baron's Ball is their favorite event. Why? It's killer music on a ranch under the West Texas sky, the incredible food by local chefs, crafted cocktails, and people donating their time, money, and sweat to kick cancer. Yes, a boot-scootin' good time, all for a great cause.

The Butler's passion is driven by their loved ones lost to cancer and friends currently in the fight. They chose this year's restricted gift to benefit Children's pediatric cancer because, in their words, "no child or family should have to endure that level of pain and suffering."

With the help of a phenomenal committee, they are doing everything they can to make this year's ball dynamic, incorporating a pre-ball VIP event, Coffee and Cars, and a whiskey bar, to name a few. There is more on the horizon, but too soon to mention, so please stay tuned!

Thank you to all of our Honky Tonk Heros who help bring us closer to a cure. See you at the ranch! 

Gabe & Donya Butler

Signs of Hope

Honor, remember or show your support of a loved one with a Sign of Hope that will line the V-8 Ranch entrance. each 12"x18" sign can be taken home by the donor following the ball. This tradition is a sight to see when you arrive!


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Interested in Becoming an Underwriter or Sponsor?

The generosity of the Lubbock community has supported the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer and contributed to revolutionary cancer research, patient support services and advocacy towards increased access to care and improved cancer screening guidelines.


We have several opportunities available for you to be a part of the Cattle Baron's Ball.

Please contact Briana Vela at [email protected] for more information.

We would be honored to have your support!


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