Our History

VICTORY, a special branch of the American Cancer Society, is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to help in the fight against cancer. The CATTLE BARON’S BALL, the HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD, and the CATTLE BARON’S GOLF CLASSIC have provided us with the avenues for this fundraising endeavor.

Our group consists of 130 active members and a varying number of associate and sustaining members. Incoming active VICTORY members make a four-year commitment to work year-round supporting our special events. Proceeds from these events are used to fund American Cancer Society research grants, education programs and service programs. Our CATTLE BARON’S BALL is one of the largest single fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in the United States and one of the premier annual galas in Houston.

The late Darrel Dacus founded VICTORY in 1987. He and co-chair, Eileen Moody, along with ninety other founding members established the organization with a three-year goal of creating the CATTLE BARON’S BALL as a successful annual event benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Fundraising is not all we are about. VICTORY hosts the CATTLE BARON’S CHILDREN’S PARTY for pediatric oncology patients. For over 25 years, this event has been totally underwritten by Star Furniture and is organized with the cooperation of local hospitals and outpatient clinics. It is our gift to these brave children and their families.

To date, VICTORY has given over $46.6 million to the American Cancer Society. VICTORY’s mission and its commitment as a volunteer organization with superior standards and accomplishments is a shining example of voluntarism at its finest.