Richmond Cattle Baron’s Ball: pat toes, pat knees good time

RICHMOND – Who is ready to dress in the best western clothing for a good cause? Saddle up in person or virtually for the Richmond Cattle Baron’s Ball taking place this Saturday at Keystone Acres, Chesterfield.

The American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser in Virginia is the most enjoyable event this side of the Rio Grande and promises to give our community a good time tapping our toes and knees.

The Lonestar sponsors Keith and Joy Jones donate the use of their riding arena, which is being converted into a western town. The entertainment program includes a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, live music, games and more.

Headliner: “Love and Theft”

The band Love and Theft, made up of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, will take the stage for some fun. The duo from Tennessee became known with their No. 1 country smash hit “Angel Eyes” and the top 10 hit “Runaway”. They opened up for Taylor Swift’s 2008 tour.

The opening band is Crawford & Power. This duo, Jake Crawford and Ethan Power, have musical roots in country, americana and southern rock. They released their debut EP “Play a Hank Jr. Song” in June 2018 and opened for acts like Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson and more.

One lucky buckaroo will win a brand new car at the end of the night! The winners will be drawn by the presenting sponsor Haley Automotive Group.

The American Cancer Society's 2019 Richmond Cattle Baron's Ball at Keystone Acres in Chesterfield, Virginia.

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“Joy and I are excited to host the Cattle Baron’s Ball in Keystone Acres. I’m a two-time cancer survivor myself, so we know firsthand the importance of the American Cancer Society’s mission to cancer survivors,” said Keith Jones. “We hope to raise $ 1 million at the ball this Saturday to help ACS fund more life-saving research and ultimately save more lives from cancer.”

Society needs the help of the ACS now more than ever. During the pandemic, people postponed or canceled cancer screenings. Many are diagnosed with late-stage cancer that is more difficult to treat.

The American Cancer Society's 2019 Richmond Cattle Baron's Ball at Keystone Acres in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Auctioneer Russell Seneff will moderate the auction and mission trip for the event. The collected donations are used to finance cancer research in children. ‘Tip of the Hat’ to Fitzgerald Financial Group – Northwestern Mutual Private Client Group, which presented a $ 30,000 Matching Gift Challenge during the mission trip.

If you are unable to attend the in-person event, the community will be able to watch a 30-minute live broadcast of Hoedown at Home on NBC12 from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Regardless of participation, anyone can register and take part in the event’s most important silent auction. In 2019, 300 silent auction packages were available for bidding.

The American Cancer Society's 2019 Richmond Cattle Baron's Ball at Keystone Acres in Chesterfield, Virginia.

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COVID-19 has affected the American Cancer Society and those fighting cancer in many ways since the pandemic began. From preventing treatment for cancer patients to reducing the number of screenings, the pandemic continues to affect our lives.

Even during this ongoing crisis, ACS continues to save lives, celebrate lives and fight for a cancer-free world. Recently, the ACS announced grants to both the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the UVA Cancer Center to assist cancer patients with transportation to their treatment.

“Cancer is not going to stop during this difficult time, and neither are we,” said Jim Fitzgerald, co-chair of Cattle Baron, who chairs with his wife Kappie. “We’re excited to host everyone at Keystone Acres again, but also to offer a virtual option thanks to NBC12.”

The Fitzgeralds support the ACS’s fight against cancer by saying, “Everyone has cancer in some way and we hope the Richmond community stands together with us.”

The American Cancer Society's 2019 Richmond Cattle Baron's Ball at Keystone Acres in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Mission to rid the world of cancer

The ACS serves as the nation’s leading nonprofit private research fundraiser and currently funds nearly $ 6.9 million in research grants in Virginia alone. The ACS provides 24/7 information and assistance and works to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection and treatment. For further information, click here.

To attend the event in person or to give virtual help to people suffering from cancer, click here.

Grab your posse and step up in your country-chic attire for the 6th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball from 4pm to 9pm on October 16 at Keystone Acres on 12830 River Road in Chesterfield.

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