Steeped in history and inspired by the first event in Texas, the mission of the Cattle Baron’s Ball is simple: to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and service - to benefit patients, survivors, and their families.
Who hasn’t been touched by cancer? If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve either lost a loved one, cared for a friend, or you are cheering on someone dear to you who has been happily “branded” a survivor!
This years honorees are:
In Honor of Ann Bradford - Midland
Ann Appling Bradford is a survivor, a mother, and a champion for children.
She has been a fierce advocate for children and the underserved since the 1970s when she worked as a caseworker for abused and neglected children in Fort Worth. Ann co-founded an emergency shelter for children, Hearthstone’s Children Home, for which she was nominated for a Texas Governor’s Award.
As Ann has been involved in the administration and development of social service programs for many years, she was instrumental in the development of several programs including: The Midland County Child Welfare Board, Midland Community Partners for Children, Safe Place. She also served as a charter member and regional representative of Greater Texas Community Partners, and charter member of the Permian Basin Child Abuse Prevention Project. Bradford was honored to be among the first to participate in the inaugural TCU Institute of Child Development Professional Training Program with Dr. Karyn Purvis in 2009. Ann served as the CEO of Centers, a non-profit providing programs such as post-adoption support and counseling, from 2005 until her retirement at the end of 2017.
In addition to her work on behalf of children, Bradford served nine years on the Texas Optometry Board. She received the Texas Optometry Association’s 2008 Public Service Award for her “outstanding contributions to the profession of optometry.” Bradford also served on State Commission on Judicial Conduct and acted as the Commission’s Secretary.
Ann has served as president of the Zeta Tau Alpha Midland Alumnae Chapter and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Midland. As a member of the Leadership Texas Alumnae, she actively encourages young women to seek positions of influence.
Ann Bradford was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 after she discovered a small lump. She sought treatment quickly at M.D. Anderson where a tiny second lump was found. Ann’s doctors performed surgery and reconstruction at M.D. Anderson where she also received chemotherapy. Throughout her treatment, Ann found comfort in this verse, “...Be strong and courageous...do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). She feels blessed to have an excellent outlook and currently be cancer free. A lifelong Midlander, Ann graduated from TCU. Ann shares her life with her husband, Midland County Judge, Mike Bradford, two adult daughters, Lauren and Heather, one son-in-law, Miles, and several beloved dogs.
In Honor of Monica Tschauner - Odessa
Monica Tschauner graduated from Odessa High in 1987 and Texas Tech University in 1992. She has been happily married to Chris for 23 years. They have 3 children. Lindsey (20) is a sophomore at Texas Tech University, Christian (17) is a junior at Permian High School, and Cade (15) is a freshman at Permian High School.
As Monica re-entered the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years, she got the call that redirected her life. Monica was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma. Monica’s mother Adela, is a 22 year breast cancer survivor as well. Yearly mammograms were something she never missed due to her family history. After Monica’s cancer diagnosis, she would later find out she was BRCA 2. This meant she carries a gene that makes her a high risk for re-occurrence. Therefore, her doctors recommended a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. Although there were scary, sad and fearful days, Monica knows she is a better person because of the perspective her journey gave her. God showed her so many wonderful things about life and about herself. She believes she has been called to help and support others on their journey, through faith and proactive health choices.
Monica’s hobbies are anything her children are participating in and Texas Tech sports. She is the Director of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. They are members of Crossroads Fellowship in Odessa.
In Memory of Herb Ware III - Midland
Herbert E. Ware III, also affectionately known as Herb, Herbie, Herbish, Fred, Dad, and Popi, reached his heavenly home on April 17, 2016, after a valiant 19 month battle with brain cancer. Herb lived life to the fullest, and made an enormous impact on many people during his 54 years on earth. He was a devoted father, loving husband, proud grandfather, and generous friend to all he met.
Born June 13, 1961 to Carlene Traub Ware and Herbert Earl Ware Jr., Herb was the second of four children. Raised in Midland, Texas, he attended Lee High School and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in geology. After graduation, Herb followed in his father’s footsteps by forging a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. As co-founder and co-owner of Patriot Resources, Inc., Herb is remembered for being a kind and compassionate employer, a team player, and an excellent oil finder.
Herb had a deep love for the Lord and was known for the time he spent early in the mornings reading his Bible. He served as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Midland and sponsored numerous youth programs. Herb cared deeply for his community, and served on various boards, including Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and the Petroleum Club of Midland.
Herb was a little boy at heart, and it was the simple things in life that brought him the most joy. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, hunting, fishing and golfing. Above all, Herb treasured spending time with those he loved. His smile, laugh, and love for life was contagious.
Herb adored his children, Alicia Ware Hudson and Wesley Michael Ware, and was passionate about being involved in their lives. They will tell you that he was the best dad any child could have asked for. He loved his son-in-law, Seth Hudson, and daughter-in-law, Jenny Hancock Ware, as if they were his own children. Herb was overjoyed to become Popi to his grandson, Ware Douglas Hudson, shortly after his cancer diagnosis. From heaven, Herb celebrated the birth of his granddaughter, Lura Margaret Hudson, who was born just months after his passing, and his third grandchild, Herbert Meyer Hudson, who arrived in December, 2017. Herb treasured his siblings and their spouses, Alison Ware Smith and husband Brett, Nancy Ware Aubin and husband Drew, and Carl Warren Ware and wife Melissa. He was proud of his many nieces and nephews, and was grateful to be their uncle. Herb was loving and kind to his step children, Shaun and Rachel, and they were blessed to have him in their lives. He shared a great love with his wife and best friend, Lezlye Sherman Ware, who will forever be grateful for the time they spent together on this earth.
Although his family misses him dearly, they rejoice knowing he’s happy and healthy, watching over them from heaven, ready to greet each one of them with a great big bear hug when it’s their turn to join him.
In Memory of Donna Jones - Odessa
Donna Gayle Jones was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer at the end of July, 2013. She pursued medical treatment options with M.D. Anderson, Texas Oncology, and Kotsanis Institute. After significant shrinkage of the tumor through insulin potentiated chemotherapy and integrative treatment at Kotsanis Institute, progress plateaued. It was then that Donna began treatment with Dr. Jairo Olivares with Texas Oncology in Garland, Texas. The cancer went into remission in March of 2015, her health improved and life seemed to be “normal,” as Griffin and Donna celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary that year and enjoyed traveling and fully re-engaging in leading and serving Crossroads Church. In April 2016, fluid build-up in her lungs and tests indicated the cancer had returned and metastasized into her lungs and ribs. Once again, she battled ferociously, with great faith, and the love prayers and support of our family, church, and other churches around the nation, and even world. Unfortunately, the previously beneficial chemotherapy as well as newer ones were unsuccessful. She was preparing to be admitted to a clinical research program at Mary Crowley Cancer Research in Dallas, Texas. However, the cancer had spread to her liver and she was admitted to Baylor Hospital in Garland, Texas, on September 6, 2016. Dr. Olivares pursued every means to combat the disease.
Instead, Donna Gayle Laird Jones was perfectly healed on September 11, 2016, after a determined and courageous battle with cancer. She epitomizes a gracious, godly Christ-follower and in her quiet, meek spirit influenced hundreds of people’s lives. She was born September 23, 1954, to H.P. and Oneta Laird in Pittsburg, Texas. Her life was shaped profoundly by her coming to faith in Christ as a young girl and her mother’s encouragement and participation in church and the Bible Memory Association. The Scriptures became the core of her life, virtue, character and strength. She graduated from Arlington Baptist College in 1977 with a degree in Bible and Christian Education. It was also there that she met Griffin Jones and they were married, June 7, 1975. Her deepest desire was to be a spiritual woman, wife, mother, friend and homemaker. She fulfilled God’s purpose throughout her life in all of these with dignity, grace, and honor. While she represents the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 in so many ways, she is the model of the spiritual woman described in the New Testament. Her legacy thrives first and foremost in the impact on her family. She is survived by her husband, Griffin and by daughters Shawn Crane and her husband Cameron and Cherith Jones; her granddaughter, Eliana Crane; her sister, Geneva Combest; nieces Marcy Elizabeth Hansel and her husband Ronnie and sons Riley and Rusty Hensel; Tracie Perkins and her husband Chad and their children, Jacob, Joshua, and Jacie; nephew, Tyrone Jennings. Among other extended family, her Cousin Janie Siegle and husband Stan have been close and encouraging in these years of battling cancer.
Donna was a quiet, thoughtful, introspective woman of faith and of the Word of God. She was an anointed intercessory prayer warrior. In small groups of Bible study, she was never out-spoken or over-spoken; however, when she did speak, everyone listened to thoughtful, measured words of wisdom, insight, and truth. The famous English physicist, mathematician, theologian and natural philosopher, Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” For our family’s vision and dreams of following Christ, fulfilling His purposes and ministering through His family, the church – we have, and will continue to look forward in confident faith because we have “stood on her shoulders,” and been held in her heart and arms. Our deepest thanks to our amazing, loving church family – Crossroads Fellowship – for your faithful love, encouragement and passionate prayers for Donna and our family. In addition, we are grateful for the unity of Christ-followers and churches in Odessa and Midland, across these United States and globally who have supported us in this season of struggle against cancer.
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Round Up: A Cattle Baron’s Ball
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