What: 43rd annual San Antonio Cattle Baron's Gala, presented by the Will Smith Foundation
Where: Estancia del Norte Hotel
The 411: More than 550 people gathered on October 23 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy, and patient and family services.
Guests enjoyed a fun-filled night of Western-themed entertainment, including live country music, dancing, gourmet Tex-Mex cuisine, an open bar, live and silent auctions, midway games, and mechanical bull riding.
After being greeted with a ranch water cocktail, attendees posed for a photo with live longhorns. The Matt Kersh Band grooved in the VIP courtyard, followed by a show-stopping performance from Kin Faux.
The event also paid special tribute to cancer survivors and those we have lost to the disease. This year’s gala theme, "Cowboy Up Cancer," was selected by 2021 gala chairs Mark Malesky and Kelly Kuenstler.
"The theme represents and helps define an incredible opportunity to give back through groundbreaking cancer research and world-class patient care," says Malesky. "We are Cowboying Up for a world free from cancer. We are putting an end to the difficult and debilitating cancer treatments, surgeries, and side-effects."
Kuenstler added, "Together, we’re on a mission to decrease the burden of cancer in San Antonio, South Texas, and beyond."
The evening concluded with s'mores toasted over a crackling fire and a departure gift of warm Tiff's Treats chocolate chip cookies. The event was a huge success, raising over $750,000 for the American Cancer Society's life-saving mission.
Who: Brett Emmons, Heather Nations, Reece Nations, Nancy Poppon, Julie Poppon, Michal and Bill Waechter, Susan Naylor Moulton Sellers.