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Cattlemen’s Ball set near Pender

Weborg Feedlot and family will host the 25th anniversary event, which will raise money for cancer research.

November 22, 2022

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Tables of people attending Cattlemen’s Ball
FORMAL ATTIRE NOT REQUIRED: This is not that kind of ball. The Cattlemen’s Ball, which covers two days, includes multiple activities — all geared to raise money for cancer research and to promote the healthfulness of eating beef. Photo by Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball

The Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska, a charity whose mission is to raise money for cancer research through an annual fundraiser, announced that the 2023 event will take place June 2-3 near Pender, Neb., hosted by the Weborg family.

As a 501(c)(3) charity, the Cattlemen’s Ball raises millions of dollars for cancer research, with 90% of the profits benefitting the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, and 10% donated back to the local communities’ health and wellness programs.

Held in a different and unique location each year, the event gives host communities the opportunity to showcase their area of the state. It also promotes beef, one of the state’s largest industries, as part of a healthy diet.

The 2023 site will be near the Weborg Feedlot, just a few miles south of Pender. The host families include Kent and Colleen Weborg and their children and their families. In addition to the host family, it takes about 450-500 volunteers from the local area to help support the event.

2023 marks 25 years

Since the inaugural event in 1998, 25 years ago, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $17 million to fund cancer research.

“Every person has been directly or indirectly impacted by cancer, and we are proud that this event provides an opportunity to help fund cancer research while simultaneously showcasing an industry that is particularly important, not only to our family, but to the state of Nebraska,” Kent Weborg says. “We are honored and proud to host this event near our family’s feedlot that started in 1944, especially with the commemoration of 25 years of this impactful event.”

While the term “ball” typically refers to a formal event with dancing, the Cattlemen’s Ball is not that. Activities for the upcoming event include a 5K fun run in West Point, golf tournament in Beemer, cancer survivor style show, beef experience tent, art show and wine tasting, general store, Buffett Cancer Center Health and Wellness tent, silent and live auctions, a prime rib dinner, concerts, live music, and more.

“We’re excited about the local support that is already rallying around this event,” Craig Weborg says. "We look forward to putting our local spin on the activities of the ball to make for a unique event that pulls in people from across the state.”

While the event is open to all, there is a level of exclusivity. Ticket sales will be capped at 1,500 for a two-day pass and 3,000 for a Saturday-only pass.

“With the 25th anniversary, we expect this to be a sellout event,” Brian Weborg says. “Those who are interested in attending or volunteering at the 2023 Cattlemen’s Ball event, we encourage you to stay tuned as planning progresses. We look forward to seeing you in Pender in June.”

To learn more about the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska and stay up to date on event announcements, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Source: Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball

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