2012 Cattlemen's Ball Raises Funds for UNMC Eppley Cancer Center

By: Steve Ross Email
By: Steve Ross Email

They come from around Nebraska to volunteer, to raise the tents and the cattleman and lady power it takes to throw the Cattlemen's Ball.

2012 Cattlemen's Ball Co-Chair Paul Underwood: "It's Exeter and Fairmont and Geneva and York and Henderson and Bruning, and you know, people come from all over. If we had one of us was trying to do something to benefit cancer, we'd be kind of lost in the sea, but when you've got 600 people volunteering, then all of a sudden, it'll work."

The tents are empty as of Friday afternoon, but they'll soon be filled with over forty-five hundred people who'll come dressed country cool and country chic, and ready to have a good time.

They'll be settling in for some top-shelf Nebraska beef and Nebraska wines, while raising funds for the University of Nebraska's Eppley Cancer Center.

Various items and services will be auctioned, like 200 hours with a major harvester rig.

Entertainment will fill the tents with comedy, a polka band, and dueling pianos.

They'll have a ball, but the attire is more Black Angus than black tie.

2012 Cattlemen's Ball Hostess Shelly Clark: "Since it's called a ball, a lot of people think you have to come all dressed up, fancy attire; no you don't."

So what to wear to the "Trail Boss Reception?"

Shelly Clark: "The big cowboy belts, the rhinestones and stuff like that, they'll have on."

Cattlemen's Ball Advisory Board member Dick Miles: "The deal of the ball is we're promoting beef, and finding a cure for cancer."

And they're putting some big numbers on the board.

Paul Underwood: "We're hoping to send a million plus to UNMC Eppley in Omaha, and ten percent will stay here in the local communities."

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