Stick on that Stetson and brush off the boots. The 26th annual Cowboy Ball is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday Feb. 23 under the tented Mizner Park Amphitheater. “It’s a fairly low-cost ticket, you don’t have to pay for drinks, it’s an open bar. It’s casual, so you don’t have to get dressed up,” said Tim Snow, George Snow Scholarship Fund president. “That’s why this event has lasted as long.” For tickets at $175, go to the George Snow Scholarship Fund webpage.
“The food’s great, great atmosphere and people want to help us raise money for the scholarships,” Snow said. “Last year we gave $1.2 million in scholarships and support services. Our four-year scholarship averages $10,000 per student. We’ll probably give 100 scholarships this year and we may even break that $1.2 million.”
The Cowboy Ball food by Mission BBQ is buffet-style, with two carving stations serving up pulled chicken and pork and brisket. Side dishes include green beans, sweet and regular potatoes and corn bread. Desserts are cobbler, bread pudding and Mississippi mud pie. There are six barbecue sauces for meats. At least four local restaurants provide eats and a saloon with a whiskey tasting opens the cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 7:15 p.m.
“A lot of people come in cowboy attire, maybe a cocktail dress with cowboy boots,” said Debi Feiler, vice president of program services. There’s a mechanical bull, lassoing, line dancing and a live band, Center Stage. This year’s there’s best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl contests.
Boca Raton Resort & Club president and managing director John C. Tolbert will receive the fund’s community service award. Cendyn will be honored with the corporate community service award. The event draws up to 500 patrons. “There’s a lot of people you may know in the community,” Snow said.
By Marci Shatzman