Cattlemen's Ball tour group April 2019

The group that toured, from left Rusty and Dixi Wellman; Mick and Marlene Cox; Char Wallin; Sharon and Dr. Bob Rhoades;  Kati Ladenburger; Julie and Shawn Jones; Wayne and Chris Krausnick, Ball co-hosts; Allison and Derek Sandman, Ball co-hosts; and Dr. Kenneth Cowan, director of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

The daunting yet rewarding task to “Round Up a Cure” for cancer research became very real for members of the 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball Committee. Members toured the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha recently to see firsthand what their fundraising efforts will continue to do.

“I was amazed at how the Buffett Center is designed to all work together for the patient. The doctors, scientists, and staff are all right here meeting together to analyze a patient’s condition and to communicate the best treatment options,” Marlene Cox, Ball committee member said. “I was also impressed with the places that were created within the Center to give the patient and family the ability to enjoy seeing the stars or a beautiful garden from their confinement, rather it be from a wheelchair or a bed.”

Ball Co-Host Allison Sandman said, “It was the most touching tour and afternoon spent at the Buffett Cancer Center. We learned that every patient’s treatment is designed around them and their cancer. No two patients are treated the same.”

The 2019 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, June 7-8, will be in southwest Nebraska along the beautiful Frenchman Creek near Enders Reservoir, west of Wauneta. Ninety percent of all proceeds from the Ball will be given directly to the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, which opened in Omaha in June 2017 and has begun changing forever the way cancer is diagnosed and treated by utilizing the most advanced biomedical and technological tools available. The other 10 percent of the proceeds stays in southwest Nebraska to benefit our medical services and organizations.

Visit Health and Wellness Tent

Among the many opportunities at the Ball, the Health and Wellness Tent will feature education for Ball guests to learn more from area hospitals.

“Community Hospital, Chase County Hospital, the Callahan Cancer Center and Dundy County Hospital have teamed up to sponsor the Health and Wellness Tent,” Sandman said. The Buffett Center will share research projects, skin cancer screenings, and the area hospitals will use an inflatable colon to educate about colon cancer. The American Heart Association will educate on stroke, too.

“I encourage everyone to visit the Health and Wellness Tent. It’s so important to learn about all the new techniques to detect all types of cancer,” said Deb Hrcka, assistant executive director of Chase County Hospital Foundation and chairman of Health and Wellness Tent. “It will be fun for everyone to walk through the huge eight-foot inflatable colon.” These are just a few examples of what guests can experience.

Ball co-hosts Derek and Allison Sandman of Wauneta and Wayne and Chris Krausnick of Imperial encourage all to come.

“We want everyone to know that this is a special event and worth the ticket price. You’re not going to find better entertainment and variety of activities in one weekend,” co-host Allison Sandman said. Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by May 15. No tickets will be available after May 15 and will not be available at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at or mail a check to Box 9, Wauneta NE 69045. The $400 Trail Boss tickets include both Friday and Saturday events while the $100 Top Hand tickets are for Saturday afternoon into evening only. The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska Inc., is a 501 C3 non-profit.

The Ball truly is for everyone and is so much more than a fundraising event for cancer. Guests will be able to enjoy gourmet food featuring Nebraska beef, visit the Health and Wellness Tent, take in Nebraska wine tastings, participate in a Fun Run or a golf outing, watch the skills of cowboys at the Ranch Rodeo, witness works of Nebraska artists, shop at the General Store, enjoy three concerts, and place your bids in silent and live auctions.

Promise Petals still available

Promise Petals, beautifully potted flowering plants, will be placed in the Serenity Tent, another beautiful place to experience at the Ball, as a Memorial or as a Celebration of Survival. Purchasing a Promise Petal pot is a way to remember those who have been lost to cancer, those who are fighting cancer, and those who have survived. For a donation of $100, you can sponsor a plant which will include a display card for you to designate your loved one(s), and the plant is then yours to take home and enjoy at the conclusion of the Ball. Promise Petals can be purchased by sending a check payable to Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, Box 9, Wauneta, NE 69045. You can find a Promise Petals sponsor form by visiting or the Cattlemen’s Ball Facebook page.

Ann Fornoff is a public relations volunteer for Cattlemen’s Ball.