VIDEO: Country artist Nichols selected to headline Cattle Barons event

Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 22:12 - Written by By Faith Harper

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Country recording artist Joe Nichols was announced as the headliner for the 2014 Wranglers & Roses Cattle Barons Gala at the event’s unveiling party Thursday evening.

Nichols is a four-time Grammy nominated artist, who released his eighth studio album in October. The first single of the album became his fifth No. 1 hit in December and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for reaching 500,000 digital downloads.

Nichols said he moved to Tyler in 2010 and wanted to be involved with the gala for several years but the timing was never quite right.

“I don’t know many people who haven’t been affected by cancer in some way,” he said. “I have been several times, and (this is) a great opportunity to feed that part of my soul that says, ‘this is an injustice, and as people we can do more to prevent this kind of thing.’ The American Cancer Society does great work, and I’m proud to be doing a small part to help.”

The annual event will also include a silent auction, chance drawings, catered dinner, mechanical bull rides and dancing.

Cattle Barons is the principle fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, Tyler.

The funds stay local to help support East Texan patients and families battling cancer.

The society supported 90,000 cancer patients nationally from diagnosis though treatment, according to a news release.

In addition to the gala, the group is selling raffle tickets for high-priced items.

A red 2014 GMC Sierra, donated by Hall Buick GMC, will be raffled off to raise additional monies at the event. Tickets are $100 each and capped at a total of 500 tickets, which can be purchased at the American Cancer Society office, 1301 South Broadway Ave., at the dealership, 3010 South Southwest Loop 323 or through Kenneth Threlkeld.

A Charles Krypell sterling silver and white gold jewelry suite will also be raffled off. The set has a total of 19.25 carats of Mozambique garnets, and was donated by Susan Robinson Jewelry. Tickets can be purchased the jewelry store, 6009 South Broadway Ave., at the American Cancer Society office, or through any Cattle Baron committee member. Tickets are $10 each, three for $25 or 12 for $100.