We all have been touched by cancer, if not directly usually just one branch away on the family tree.

As many of you are aware, I have been very involved with the American Cancer Society for the last decade-plus and actually chaired the first two Cattle Baron’s Balls in our area — our first ball in the area was in 2008. 2013 will mark No. 6.

I vowed to make the Cattle Baron’s Ball the antithesis of every other boring charity ball.

You know the ones I’m talking about; the fella puts on his old tux which is too tight, the gal puts on her gown but she’s freezing in the cavernous hotel ballroom, the silent auction items are all for the ladies, you have to buy those stupid drink tickets, you get served a lukewarm steak and when the band gets to “YMCA” on their playlist, the husband says let’s get the heck out of here.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the causes are all with merit… I’m just saying I get bored.

Contrast that to the Cattle Barons’ Ball: You wear cowboy clothes like jeans and hats, the auction items are great for both fellas and gals, the drinks are flowing and INCLUDED in the price of admission, the food stations are manned by the likes of Fleming’s Steak House, Carrabba’s, and Another Broken Egg (plus many more). Moreover, the Modern Eldorado’s will rock your socks (or boots) off as the Linkside Center at Sandestin is transformed into the “Urban Cowboy Honky Tonk & Dance Hall.” If you can’t have fun here you must be on boot hill!

Cattle Baron’s Ball Sheriff Tim Krueger is a Destin resident.