Cattlemen's Ball sets $2.5 million fundraising goal

Proceeds from June 6-7 event will go toward UNMC cancer research, regional health care

BANNER COUNTY, NE – The 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska has set a goal of raising a record $2.5 million for the June 6-7 event at the Hoot Owl Ranch near Harrisburg, Neb., which is located in Banner County in the Nebraska Panhandle. 

Host families for the 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball will be Kenny and Misty Stauffer along with the ranch owners Jeff and Kathy May. Jeff Heldt and Monty Stoddard are serving as co-chairs for this year’s ball. The theme for the event is “Corral a Cure for Cancer.”

“In order to reach this ambitious goal, it will take support from all corners of Nebraska,” Heldt said. “Every community can make a difference.” 

The event coordinators are seeking donations, sponsorships and auction items in an effort to help make the $2.5 million goal a reality, he said.  He encouraged people to visit http://cattlemensball.com/ for more details on the event and sponsorship opportunities.

Heldt said organizers are in need of 600 volunteers for the event. Those interested in assisting can sign up on the website or by email at cattlemensballne2014@gmail.com.

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska has been held annually since 1998 at a different ranch each year to increase cancer awareness and raise money for cancer research.  The event also promotes beef in a healthy diet and showcases rural Nebraska.

Each year, 90 percent of the proceeds go toward cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center with the remaining 10 percent earmarked toward regional medical organizations. 

Through world-class research and patient care, the cancer center generates breakthroughs that benefit Nebraskans as well as people across the nation. Learn more about the facility at:  http://cattlemensball.com/fred-pamela-buffett-cancer-center/

The event is open to the public and will include both silent and live auctions, a style show, golf tournament and art show. Additional events will be a Saturday night dinner followed by a concert featuring Montgomery Gentry.  A dance featuring the 5 to Life Band will follow the concert and round out the day’s activities. 

Tickets are now on sale at http://cattlemensball.com/ or by calling (308) 235-2289. 

A Trail Boss ticket for both days of the event is $350. This includes the Trail Boss social on Friday night, private champagne reception and Trail Boss lunch on Saturday, plus preferred seating for the Saturday evening dinner and Montgomery Gentry concert along with special recognition in the program.          

A $75 Top Hand ticket provides admission for all events after 11 a.m. on Saturday. It includes dinner, the Montgomery Gentry concert and the dance. 

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, Inc. is established to promote beef in a healthy diet, to showcase rural Nebraska and to raise money for health care research. For more information, visit  http://cattlemensball.com

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center -- a distinction held by only 68 centers in the country. It is the only NCI-designated center in the state of Nebraska. The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is also one of the 13 founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. This recognition means the most current and innovative treatment options are available to cancer center patients through the integration of cutting-edge research into state-of-the-art care. Cancer center physicians and scientists work together to quickly translate discoveries made in the laboratory into innovative treatments for the patient.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu and follow us on social media.


Tom O'Connor
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-4690 (office)
(402) 650-7063 (cell)

Kenny Stauffer
Cattlemen's Ball of Nebraska
(308) 641-0429
(308) 641-0429