Rodeo Time

Fort Worth's finest yell and celebrate rodeo season with chic Western gala

Fort Worth's finest yell and celebrate rodeo season with Western gala

Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Natalie Martin Brant Martin
Natalie Martin, Brant Martin Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Blair Walker, Susanna Bartolomei
Blair Walker, Susanna Bartolomei Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes performs Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Will Leavitt, Toni Leavitt, Martha Williams, J.R. Williams
Will Leavitt, Toni Leavitt, Martha Williams, J.R. Williams Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Betsy Price, Tom Price
Fort Worth major Betsy Price, Tom Price Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Colin Bailey, Sonia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jennifer Williamson, Talia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jr.
Colin Bailey, Sonia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jennifer Williamson, Talia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jr. Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, crowd
The Junior League of Fort Worth Grand Entry Gala attracted a crowd of nearly 900 attendees. Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Olivia Kearney, Jeff Kearney
Olivia Kearney, Jeff Kearney Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Gail Landreth, Bill Landreth
Gail Landreth, Bill Landreth Photo by Trey Daugherty
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Natalie Martin Brant Martin
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Blair Walker, Susanna Bartolomei
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, LeAnn Rimes
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Will Leavitt, Toni Leavitt, Martha Williams, J.R. Williams
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Betsy Price, Tom Price
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Colin Bailey, Sonia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jennifer Williamson, Talia Bailey, Philip Williamson, Jr.
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, crowd
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Olivia Kearney, Jeff Kearney
Fort Worth, JLH Grand Entry Gala, January 2018, Gail Landreth, Bill Landreth

What: Junior League of Fort Worth Grand Entry Gala

Where: Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum

The 411: It was a night of fun and fundraising at the Junior League of Fort Worth’s 2018 Grand Entry Gala. Headlined by singing sensation LeAnn Rimes, the sold-out event, which kicks off the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, saw a crowd of nearly 900 attendees.

The Grand Entry Gala has become one of the hottest tickets in town, this year attracting such notable guests as Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price and Tom Price, Ed BassBrad Barnes, and Gail and Bill Landreth.

Donning their most chic Western wear, party-goers descended on the rodeo arena floor to sip cocktails and bid on silent auction items. Later they danced and sang along to tunes by DFW-native Rimes — including a lengthy roster of her greatest hits, several new arrangements, and a moving performance of "Amazing Grace." 

Giving attendees reason to pause — but only long enough to fuel up — was delicious fare provided by rodeo favorite Reata, including carne asada, jalapeño cheese grits, and traditional Southern desserts.

Event chairs Susanna Bartolomei and Blair Walker, along with honorary chairs Jennifer and Philip Williamson, helmed the star-studded evening, while Junior League president Natalie Martin presided.

Funds raised benefit the Junior League of Fort Worth, whose mission is to promote volunteerism, develop the potential in women, and improve the lives of women and children in the community. Junior League continues its partnership with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo by "yelling and selling" official rodeo programs throughout the event, which continues through February 3, 2018.

Who: Will Leavitt, Toni Leavitt, Martha Williams, J.R. WilliamsBrant MartinColin Bailey, Sonia BaileyPhilip Williamson, Jr., Talia Bailey, Olivia Kearney, Jeff Kearney.