As co-chairs of the 23rd Annual American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons’ Gala, Meredith Roberts and Laura Corbett are leading a committee of more than 100 volunteers to create a unique experience for guests at this year’s event. Pickups and Pearl Snaps will be held on Saturday, June 12, at The Park of East Texas. The western-themed event has a long history of raising funds that support life-saving cancer research, and provide cancer prevention education, advocacy, and the many American Cancer Society (ACS) services offered in the East Texas area.
“The Cattle Barons’ Gala is the largest event in Tyler and has the distinction of being the third largest ACS fundraiser in Texas,” Mrs. Roberts said. “This year’s Gala will feature fabulous cuisine, air-conditioned tents, games of chance, and music from East Texas favorite, Leann Womack.”
Ms. Corbett said, “It takes countless hours from our volunteer committee and generous donors that provide financial support to this worthy cause to make the Gala such a great success. It is truly a community coming together to achieve one goal-one day: no one will have to hear the words ‘you have cancer.’ ”
Mrs. Roberts is a long-time Cattle Barons’ volunteer serving on various committees. She is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. and the Women’s Symphony League. Mrs. Roberts is also a Grace Community School volunteer where she serves as a homeroom mom. She and her husband, Dr. Mark Roberts, are the parents of Haleigh, Madeline, and Mary Margaret. Born in Dallas, Mrs. Roberts has lived in Tyler for 12 years. She is a graduate of First Baptist Academy and earned her bachelor of science degree from Baylor University. The Roberts family attends Grace Community Church.
“Volunteerism is a way of life for me. I enjoy giving of my time and talents to the organizations and causes in which I am involved,” Mrs. Roberts said.
In addition to her volunteer work with the Cattle Barons’ Gala, Ms. Corbett serves on the board for both the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors and Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. She is a former member of the Tyler City Council and past Mayor Pro-Tem. Ms. Corbett is a UT Tyler Patriot member and past president, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. Born in Houston, Ms. Corbett has lived in Tyler for 17 years. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. Ms. Corbett is a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
“Tyler is the friendliest and most giving community I have ever lived in. Whatever volunteer activity you choose, you’re guaranteed to see the difference you make,” Ms. Corbett said.
For more information about this year’s event, please visit cattlebaronsgala.net.