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Cowgirls Rule Baron's Cattle T he Dallas social season is a frill-filled frenzy of black-tie galas, silent auctions, well- appointed luncheons, and the occasional designer fashion show. For those frequently spotted, things can feel a bit rinse and repeat — there are only so many ways to serve chicken paillard, after all. Cattle Baron's Ball is different, though — much different. But, then again, you don't score Shania Twain as your headliner or the title of the world's largest single-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society by sticking to the norm. Though the western chic dress code for Cattle Baron's is more casual (read: boots and jeans), the event has always felt grander than your typical gala. Such was the case when Dallas' social set descended on Southfork Ranch sporting Lucchese, Wrangler, and Stetson. Even the auction items, which are sold live in exhilarating fashion (cowbell ringers and all), would be right at home alongside Neiman Marcus' Fantasy Gifts. Guests shifted from the casino and the Ferris wheel to the Vestals Catering barbecue buffet during an autumnal evening under the stars that could only take place in Dallas. That said, this year's ball was even more spectacular than most. Led by co-chairs Andrea Cheek and Isabell Novakov Higginbotham and given the simple but appropriate theme "Iconic," this year's event marked the 50th anniversary of Cattle Baron's Ball, which has raised close to $100 million for life-saving cancer research to date. Scores of country music's biggest names have headlined the famous fundraiser, including Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley, but there was a particular fervor surrounding this year's main event. Shania Twain is one of the ball's rare female headliners, following Loretta Lynn in 1987, Barbara Mandrell in 1983, and Tammy Wynette in 1976. Twain dazzled in platform boots and a silver-sequined mini as she belted her way through decades of her greatest hits. Fittingly, she closed out the night with the forever barn burner "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" Iconic, indeed. Spotted: Georgina Hartland, Kristin Bray, Marjon Zahibi Henderson, Kristi Bare, Nancy Gopez, Javier Burkle, Christina Geyer, Sue Gragg, Maggie Kipp, Lele and Armand Sadoughi, Chuck Steelman, Sharon Lee Clark, and Kameron Westcott. By Caitlin Clark. Photography Jonathan Zizzo. 1. 2. 3. 4. at

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