Our History

The first Cattle Baron’s Ball was a full-fledged Texas barbecue under the chairmanship of Patti Hunt and Jacque Wynne, who founded the event to raise funds for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. More than 500 guests attended the western-themed event in 1974, which was held at Toddie Lee Wynne’s Star Brand Ranch. Through ticket sales and the auction, the inaugural event raised $56,000. Today the ball hosts more than 3,000 guests and raises millions each year.

Country music’s most revered performers have entertained at the ball throughout its 46-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.

While some might be hand-wringing at the prospect of continuing a legacy of ensuring more cancer research dollars are spent in Dallas than anywhere else in the country, they probably aren’t familiar with the members of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. Fortunately, the Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee is not comprised of the faint-of-heart – as evidenced by the fact that the CBB is the largest single-night fundraiser in the nation for cancer research through the American Cancer Society. To date, the ball has generated over $85 million in only 46 years.

Our Cause - Cattle Baron's Ball

Our Cause

Through our partnership with the American Cancer Society, we’re attacking cancer from every angle. And you can help us! Did you know that in our more than 46 years of events, Cattle Baron’s Ball has raised over $85 million towards the ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer? And most of that has stayed right here in North Texas. Join the fight and help us continue to make a difference! Cattle Baron’s Ball continues to support the American Cancer Society in the following incredible ways:

  • Provided more than 40,000 services to cancer patients in North Texas
  • Gave 10,238 rides to and from treatment
  • More than 1,500 free wigs were provided free of charge to cancer patients
  • More than 1,000 breast cancer patients were visited by our Reach to Recovery volunteers
  • Helped to enact strong state and local smoke-free laws that protect workers and the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke
  • Connected patients with more than 64,000 different treatment options, through our Clinical Trials Matching Service
  • Found the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer

Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. From attending the ball to purchasing a raffle ticket, get involved with Cattle Baron’s Ball however you can and help us continue making a difference! Click here to learn more about the American Cancer Society.


  • Melanie Cobb, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Institutional Research Grant
  • Nicholas Conrad, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Posttranscriptional Regulation of Metabolic Genes Involved in Cancer
  • David Gerber
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Genetic and Phenotypic Biomarkers to Predict Immune-Related Adverse Events
  • Raquibul Hannah, MD, PhD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Image-guided Stereotactic Radiation Therapy of Primary Renal Cancer
  • Puneeth Iyengar, MD, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Unchecked Adipocyte Lipolysis and Tumor Progression in Cachexia
  • James Kim, MD, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Disruption of Oncogenic Epithelial-Stromal Interactions in Lung Cancer
  • Ramona L. Rhodes, MD MPH
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    End-of-Life Care for African Americans: an Outpatient Intervention
  • Daniel Siegwart, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    A Functional Polyester Library for Enhanced and Selective miRNA Delivery
  • Richard Wang
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Glucose Transport as a Targetable Vulnerability in SCC of the Skin
  • Kenneth Westover, MD, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    DCLK1 Inhibition for Treatment of Cancer
  • Sebastian Winter, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Manipulation of the Gut Microbiota to Prevent Colitis-Associated Cancer
  • Yonghao Yu, PHD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Overcoming Rapamycin Resistance for the Treatment of Bladder Cancer