About Us

The American Cancer Society’s iconic Cattle Baron’s Ball, a western-themed gala founded 50 years ago in Dallas, TX, thrives in 27 different cities across America who will collectively raise over $17 Million this year towards the ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer. For the last 36 years, Houstonians and beyond have gathered for our own Texas-sized ball to enjoy entertainment from top country artists, night of event fun from gaming to pig races, and most importantly, lifesaving mission moments. We invite you to learn more on how to get involved by reading below!


Our Mission

The American Cancer Society’s Mission is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. In 2022 alone, your local American Cancer Society raised just under $6 million through the Houston Cattle Baron’s Ball, other local events, individual giving and corporate initiatives, but we are investing over $25,720,000 back into the Houston community – almost 4X what is being raised here locally.

  • $24.1 million currently invested in innovative, Houston-based cancer research
  • $1.14 million annual investment in operating funds for the Houston Hope Lodge to provide a home away from home for those traveling to Houston for lifesaving cancer treatment
  • $320,000 in Local Prevention and Early Detection Grants to help address health disparities with cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, and access to quality care
  • $155,000 invested in community transportation grants providing rides to lifesaving treatment
  • $105,000 in patient lodging grants in Houston (in addition to our Hope Lodge facility)

2023 Cattle Baron’s Ball Co-Chairs

Jacquie Baly

Jacquie Baly, President of BalyProjects, has been a leader in the Texas business and policy communities for decades. She began her career as a city, and regional planner, then served as Vice President of the Greater Houston Partnership before her public service as Governor Rick Perry’s appointee on water and wastewater issues, then-Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sugar Land. Twenty-three years ago, Jacquie founded BalyProjects to provide clients with government affairs and media relations services. Additionally, she advises Governor Greg Abbott on Higher Education initiatives; serves as Vice Chair of Harris County Commissioner Court Women’s Commission, dealing with economic development and business opportunities for women. Jacquie is a 2023 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee and will be honored for her efforts and hard work in early March.

Jacquie has won numerous awards, including Top Ten Business Owner in the Country by the National Association of Women Business Owners, One of the Most Influential Blacks by CORE media and USA Today, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce Role Model Honoree, St. Jude’s Children Hospital Philanthropist of the Year, Crohn’s and Colitis Woman of Distinction, Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Business and Professional Women, University of Houston Alumni Association’s “Rising Star” and Black Alumnus of the Year awards.

A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the University of Southern California. She has taught public policy at the University of Houston for over 15 years and served as a Faculty-In-Residence at the University of Texas in Austin.

Jacquie is the proud mother of two amazing young men. Her eldest, Raphael, graduated from Trinity University with a double major in business and marketing and is currently pursuing his MBA at Boston College. Her youngest son Alexandre recently graduated from Harvard University with High Honors in Neuroscience and earned a language certification in Spanish. She newly married business executive James Craig and resides in Houston, Texas.


Lara Bell

Having worked on-air in television for twenty years, Lara understands production, promotion, product placement, marketing, and sales. Her ability to tell stories to Houston audiences of relevance makes viewers feel a true friend in her. Whether Lara is interviewing a former President of the United States, cooking with a local chef, or speaking to a room full of school-aged children, her passion comes across.

After 14 years at KTBU-TV as host of Wild about Houston, Lara decided to make a move in 2011 to become publisher of Absolutely! Memorial Magazine, a magazine devoted to covering the Memorial Area in which she lives. It was a tough decision to change jobs, but at the time with an eight-year-old daughter, Dylan and five-year-old son, Brooks, she needed something to better fit with her busy schedule. Lara had always wanted to own a business so, in April 2017, she founded Swoon Media LLC and purchased Absolutely! Memorial Magazine. Five months after buying the magazine, she changed the name and look to SWOON Memorial then six months later in March 2018 launched SWOON Katy/Fulshear. More titles are in the works, but no date is set on the launch for other communities.

Her charitable work is something she takes seriously as she has helped raise millions of dollars for Houston charities. Her very first gala to chair was in 1997, the 100th Anniversary of the Houston Fire Museum. Lara co-chaired that event with a new TV reporter in town named Roseann Rogers. That was the start of a friendship and team that has co-chaired many events over twenty years including Absolutely Fabulous gala AIDS Foundation Houston, Avondale House Under the Big Top gala, World AIDS Day luncheon, Houston Ballet Ball auction, and Nutcracker Market Preview Party, to name just a few. Lara is a board member for KidsMeals which feeds hungry pre-school children daily. She is a member of the National Charity League, The Children’s Museum, The Houston Ballet Guild, Houston Symphony League, The Houston Polo Club, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Trailblazer Committee, and the Junior League of Houston. Just this year, Lara is passionate about cancer related causes after losing her mom to the disease seven years ago.   In 2020 Lara was names a Crohn’s and Colitis ABC 13 Women of Distinction and in 2021 was honored by the Houston Social Book as a “Houston Treasure”. Lara is also involved in her son’s school, Memorial High School along with her daughter who is a Freshman University of Texas.

In Lara’s spare time she can be seen around the Memorial neighborhood she loves so much with her husband Brent Milam, nineteen-year-old daughter Dylan and sixteen-year-old son, Brooks – as well as  her fun and crazy Sheepadoodles- Dallas and Tucker!



Community Honorees

  • Elsie Eckert
  • Judi McGee
  • Sidney Faust
  • Scott Basinger

Founders and Event Chairs,
Salute To Champions Luncheon
benefitting Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center.


Healthcare Honoree

  • Dr. Susan Blaney
    Director, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center


Corporate Honoree

  • American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer
    Greater Houston Chapter

2023 Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee!

The 2023 Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee is composed of committed and passionate men and women in the Houston area who are driven by supporting the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society. To learn more about this year’s committee availability and how to join, please email cattlebaronsballhoustontx@cancer.org.

Committee benefits include invitations to all Houston ACS feeder events, quarterly committee social events, and discounted tickets to the Houston Cattle Baron’s Ball, Tickled Pink Luncheon, and Shuck Cancer. For more information on benefits, discount codes, and more, please email the Cattle Baron’s Ball email above.

Past CBB Chairs Advisory Committee

Marilu Garza
Disney Harris
Patti Murphy

Auction Committee

Christine Johnson – Co-Chair
Tammie Johnson – Co-Chair
Ghada Ali- Big Board Chair
Helen Bow- Live Chair
Lisa Hicks
Linda Mark
Robin Milstead
Nick Lyons
Katie Romero- Silent Chair
Mandi Rouhselang
Stasie Smith

Hospitality Committee

Kamisha Mickey – Chair
Clarissa Barboza
Angela Hernandez
Linda Mark
Felicia Moodie
Jose Perez
Robyn Thompson

Kickoff Party Committee

Melissa Juneau – Chair
Tiffany Benita
Debbie Festari
Melanie Frye
Julia Leffingwell
Molly McGlothlin

Little Wranglers Party Committee

Karen Remington – Co-Chair
Jill Watson – Co-Chair
Susan Coburn
Brett Crowell
Julie Crowell
Katie Dunnavant
Rachel Elliott
Margie Krause
Linda Mark
Molly McGlothlin
Felicia Moodie
Sara Moore
Kim Padgett
Krista Shamaly
Julie White

Logistics Committee

Amy Herod – Co-Chair
Kandyce Kohlmaier – Co-Chair
Danny Harris
Brittany Koger
Margie McCarthy
Kristin Wilkinson

Pig Races Committee

Kittsie Klaes – Co-Chair
Krista Shamaly – Co-Chair
Laura Blount
Taylor Kooken
Margie Krause
Leighanne Mitchell
Michelle Watkins

Raffle Committee

Terri Courtney- Chair
Tricia Verbois- Chair

Shannon Abel
Kristen Cannon
Lori Carr
Lisa Hicks
Cindy Kelly
Janette Masten Gardner

Revenue Enhancer Committee

Alicia Jansen – Co-Chair
Leila Perrin – Co-Chair
Jill Davis
Ellen Elam
Marisol Graham
Maria Merrick

Social Media Committee

Amy Wallner – Chair
Tracie Brenton
Julie Comiskey
Katie Dunnavant
Angela Hernandez

Underwriting Committee

Terri Wang – Chair

VIP Party Committee

Tiffany Halik – Co-Chair
Nora Jarrard – Co-Chair
Krista Borstell
Heather Mountain
Kim Padgett
Emily Patrick
Sandra Porter
Lyndsey Sawyer Rieth
Maggie Seeliger
Suzanne Stiles

Volunteer Committee

Lauren Pham – Co-Chair
Sonia Soto – Co-Chair
Sarah Golshadi
Lindsay Holmes
Kelli Maxwell
Patty Martin

General Committee

Susan Marie Elias
Kristen Nowell
Kris Shyrock

2023 Committee Roles Committee Calendar
Membership Commitment Form Membership Payment