For the twenty-fourth year, hundreds of community volunteers have come together to create a party with a purpose in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). This year’s Tyler ACS Cattle Barons’ Gala, scheduled for Saturday, June 11, at Graham Farm in Bullard, promises to continue the tradition of being the summer’s premier event with an evening filled with great food, dancing, both live and silent auctions, raffles, and much more. The 2011 Cattle Barons’ Gala headliner is country music star Pat Green, with Texas singer Wade Bowen as the opening performer.
Alice Avery has served on the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Committee as the Flow Chart Chairman since 2006, and she knows firsthand the difference the American Cancer Society is making in the fight against this disease. In 2007, her husband, Gary, was diagnosed with lymphoma. With this devastating news, they took comfort in knowing that Tyler is a community with excellent medical facilities, knowledgeable doctors, and the American Cancer Society that provides help and information.
“The American Cancer Society is dedicated to fighting cancer on four fronts: research support, prevention programs, detection and treatment, and patient services assistance,” Mrs. Avery said. “The Cattle Barons’ Gala raises money to support the American Cancer Society and the battle to conquer cancer. There are more than one hundred people who make this Gala happen, and I am so proud to be a small part of this event.”
Outside of her service to the Cattle Barons’ Committee, Mrs. Avery is a board member for the Choir School of East Texas where she served as president from 2008 to 2010. She also volunteers as the vice president on the Women’s Golf Association Committee at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler. She has served as a caseworker for People Attempting To Help (PATH) for two years and has volunteered as an English as a Second Language instructor.
Mrs. Avery said, “Volunteers are so important to any organization. They bring with them different backgrounds and skill sets that translate into energy, ideas, and making things happen. Every volunteer opportunity is a two-way street, and I always meet wonderful people and learn so much. I feel like I get so much more than I could ever give.”
Born in Regensburg, Germany, Mrs. Avery and her husband, Gary, have been married 25 years, and have lived in Tyler for seven years. She earned her business degree from Dallas Baptist University and is retired after 35 years with Verizon Communications in Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Avery is a member of Christ Episcopal Church and is a member of Episcopal Church Women and serves as secretary for Daughters of the King.
“I love living in Tyler, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve others. Volunteering is my small way of giving back to this wonderful community. Everyone is so generous with their time and with their financial contributions,” Mrs. Avery said.
For more information about the 2011 Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, contact the Tyler American Cancer Society office at 903-597-1383 or visit the Gala website at www.cattlebaronsgala.net.