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Boots and Ball Gowns Gala raised more about $130,000 for Infant Crisis Services

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond served as special guest for the Infant Crisis Services' Boots and Ball Gowns Gala in Oklahoma City, which raised thousands for Infant Crisis Services.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: February 12, 2012

More than 700 guests, many wearing cowboy boots with their formal attire, attended the recent Boots and Ball Gowns gala benefiting Infant Crisis Services and hosted by Oklahoma's Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman blog and books.

The event raised about $130,000 for the Oklahoma City nonprofit organization.

Guests enjoyed a video that featured interviews with some of the mothers whose now-thriving or grown children received support from Infant Crisis Services when they were babies.

Drummond told funny stories from life on her ranch in northern Oklahoma but also expressed support for the organization's efforts to offer formula, diapers and other support to parents in crisis.

“So many of us mothers take for granted that at the very least we'll be able to feed our kids and we'll be able to diaper our kids and we forget that not everybody can,” Drummond said in an interview just before the event. “Infant Crisis Services is an organization that provides food, formula and diapers to the most vulnerable of Oklahoma citizens. ... They're the most helpless, the most innocent, they're the ‘least of these,' and (supporting the nonprofit as celebrity chairman) was a no-brainer for me.”

Chairmen were Polly Fleet and Susan Love.

Seen at the event were former Gov. George Nigh and his wife, Donna; Fleet, Teresa Rose, Debbie Hampton, Clay and Marnie Taylor, Tim and Susan Love, Connell and Cliff Branan, Gaye and Steve Sherman, Katherine Buxton, Elaine and Sam Price, and Paula Burkes.