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06/01/14 - Melissa Braswell, Jason Braswell, Tanya Merritt, Brian Merritt

Melissa Braswell, Jason Braswell, Tanya Merritt, Brian Merritt

Melissa Braswell, Jason Braswell, Tanya Merritt, Brian Merritt



On Saturday, June 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m., the Tyler American Cancer Society will host its 27th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, Wranglers & Roses, at the Rio Neches Ranch.  The evening will feature country music recording artist Joe Nichols on the main stage and William Clark Green as the late-night entertainer. The Silent Auction Tent and the Live Auction will have many great items on which to bid. The Gaming Tent will feature games of chance for prizes, a mechanical bull, and other fun games. Chance drawing tickets are being sold to win the special Cattle Barons’ Edition 2014 GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLE Truck donated by Hall Buick GMC, and a Charles Krypell sterling silver and white gold black sapphire and Mozambique garnet jewelry suite donated by Susan Robinson Jewelry.

To date, the annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala has raised more than $9.2 million for the American Cancer Society (ACS) through the generosity of donors, sponsors, and volunteers. The Gala promotes the ACS’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, preventive education, advocacy, and patient services.

Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala has been one of the most successful events in East Texas for raising funds to fight cancer, and this year’s co-chairs, Jason and Melissa Braswell and Brian and Tanya Merritt, hope the community will join them at the event to continue the success.

Jason and Melissa Braswell are excited to be co-chairing this year’s Gala and to be able to make a difference in their community by “giving back and paying it forward.” Outside of her service to the ACS, Mrs. Braswell is a member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. The Braswells are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

Co-chairs, Brian and Tanya Merritt, are proud of their service to the ACS and to their community and feel that volunteerism has given them insight into the needs of others and the opportunities to make a difference. Mr. Merritt serves on the board of directors for the Smith County Junior Livestock Show & Scholarship Fund and for the Parent Services Center. Mrs. Merritt is a member of The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. The Merritts and their children, Clayton, 10, and Coleman, 7, are members of Colonial Hills Baptist Church.

“The work that the American Cancer Society performs is incredibly vital to so many lives in our community, and the Cattle Barons’ Gala is a way we can all kick up a little dirt and help find a cure for cancer,” said gala co-chairs. “It’s important to us that we not only help to fund the research to find a cure but to also educate those affected by cancer about the services available to them in East Texas at their local American Cancer Society office.”

For tickets or more information about the 27th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, Wranglers and Roses, please call the ACS office at 903-597-1348, or visit cattlebaronsgala.net.


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