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THE CATTLE BARON’S BALL GETS BETTER & BETTER EACH YEAR by GARY CORSAIR Rewind Cattle Baron’s Ball Heather Figlow never expected to see pot-belly pig races at a high-class fundraiser, but she’s since learned to expect the unexpected when attending the annual Cattle Baron’s Ball. “I remember going to the event and there were horses out front and pot-belly pig races off to the side with the entire Savannah Center packed with entertainment. It was a fabulous event for such a worthy cause,” Heather said of the first Cattle Baron’s Ball in 2002. The worthy cause: the Lake-Sumter Unit of the American Cancer Society, which received $250,000 ($70,000 more than the organization’s goal) in 2003. That succesful debut began a yearly financial windfall for the charity. “It’s of huge importance to our unit,” says Robyn Rotunda, executive director of the Lake-Sumter Unit. In the five years since, the Cattle Baron’s Ball has become “the” social event of the season. “It’s a great party. We have a lot of fun,” said Don Waggoner. “Everybody dresses in boots and cowboy shirts and hats and we enjoy great entertainment and a great meal. One of the highlights is a thing called ‘cowpokes for hire’, it’s a special silent auction thing where you might win a small concert by Oscar Feliu or a horseback ride with Lord Lyall.” October 26, 20 02 October 26, 2002 JULY 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - July 2008

The Villages- July 2008
Making Amazing Jewelry
Villages Offers Family Fun
Creating with Wood
Sports and Recreation
Villages Greenery
Brain Exercises
Go & Do Shopping & Dining Guide
Retail Briefs
Entertainment Briefs
Major Events

The Villages - July 2008