For the past 25 years, the 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. This annual event supports the mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, preventive education, advocacy, and patient services.
ACS volunteers Amy Barber and Trudy Williams are serving as co-chairs for the 26th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala to be held on Saturday, June 8, at the Rio Neches Ranch in Tyler. This fun-filled evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include dinner, live entertainment and dancing, both a silent and live auction, gaming and midway games, and the opportunity to ride the mechanical bull. Mrs. Barber and Mrs. Williams invite the community to join them in the effort to raise much needed funds to help continue the fight against cancer.
A 16-year volunteer for the ACS, Mrs. Barber has also volunteered with the East Texas Crisis Center and has been a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. “I believe we’re all blessed with talents and gifts, and it’s up to us to use them to make our world better,” Mrs. Barber said. “When we leave this earth we only have the legacy we leave behind, and it’s my goal to be a vessel filled with love for all people.”
A lifelong resident of Tyler, Mrs. Barber is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Tyler Junior College. She is an Accredited Staging Professional and the owner of Amy B’s. Mrs. Barber and her husband, Gary, have been married 35 years and have two adult children and four grandchildren. The Barbers are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
In addition to her service to the ACS, Mrs. Williams is member of the Junior League of Tyler, where she has served for Mistletoe & Magic, Summer Reading Camp, and the League Lines newsletter. She also volunteers with the Azelway Boys Ranch Big Ranch Round Up. “Volunteerism makes communities better for everyone,” Mrs. Williams said. “If you have the time and resources to make the world a better place, then I believe we are all called to do just that.”
Mrs. Williams was born in Florence, South Carolina, and graduated from Lake City High School in Lake City, South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Tyler. Mrs. Williams is a registered nurse for Mother Frances Hospital and also with Orthofix, a global medical device company. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married four years and are expecting their first child in September. The Williams are members of Cross Brand Cowboy Church.
For tickets or more information about the 26th Annual Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala, please call the American Cancer Society office at 903-597-1383 or visit www.cattlebaronsgala.net.