That’s Mr. Cattle Baron, to you…

Good news, everyone!

Josh Gorbutt and I have been asked to co-chair the upcoming Cattle Baron’s Ball! Cattle Baron’s benefits the American Cancer Society. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately, they aren’t holding one in 2014. Instead, they are regrouping and planning on relaunching in 2015.

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Sorry for the MS Paint photo job. A rough approximation of our co-chair job.

It’s going to be a year of planning, meetings and hard work. I know that we can pull it off and make the 2015 CB Ball one of the best in Brazos Valley history. The last, great CB Ball was in 2008. They raised a ton of money for ACS.

I’m excited and really anxious. Josh and I work really well as a team. We’ve done it for nearly 5 years, in one form or another, at KBTX. He and I understand that there will be differences. We don’t have the same set of strengths. Hopefully, with the help of a great committee, we can make the most of our skills.

Our best friend Lauren is on the committee, too. We’re working with some great local business and community leaders. In the few weeks, since we were approached and asked, I’ve learned so much about ACS. The amount of support for cancer survivors is tremendous. I told Josh that my biggest challenge will be making ACS seem approachable to those who might want to sponsor CB Ball or donate. I want them to know specifically what each dollar goes towards. Accountability is key in ensuring trust with those who wish to help.

Josh and I looking a bit more professional with Dan Rather.
Josh and I looking a bit more professional with Dan Rather.

The bottom line is, cancer affects everyone. No one is removed. You will, at some point in your life, deal with cancer. The American Cancer Society is working 24 hours a day to end that battle. You want to know the really great thing? They say that they’re close. Research is going gangbusters. Progress is made every day. I’m glad I can be part of an organization that could, one day, eradicate cancer.

There’ll be plenty more about the 2015 Cattle Baron’s Ball in the future. I just wanted to share the news!

Bark in the Park 2010

My very talented and extremely hard-working friend Krystle asked me to help out this year with Bark in the Park. She works for the Brazos Animal Shelter and this event helps to raise awareness of some important issues in the Brazos Valley pet community.

 All animals up for adoption.

There was an absolute fantastic turn out! As a dog guy, I had a blast. Some many awesome animals and owners showed up.

 So many well-behaved dogs.

My job was to make announcements, something Krystle knew I was good at. She and I have worked together on events like this since our days at Sam Houston State. The demonstrations were cool. There was an agility course, Bryan PD showed up with their dogs, and the Search Dog Network impressed us with their volunteers.

 Bryan PD officer and Kahn.
Please look around my awesome photo taking skills.

The Brazos Valley is home to some amazing organizations that help each other. I’m glad I was able to help out in my own small way.