epThe posh of Palm Beach, the grandeur of Texas and the thrill of Vegas united at The Cowboy Ball to benefit The Arc of Palm Beach County. The gilded gala was held for the first time at The Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 S Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL.

Chaired by Emily Pantelides and Peter Robbins, The Cowboy Ball guests were invited to don their fabulous cowboy black-tie attire, including jeans and jackets, boots and ball gowns, to grace the estate’s grand ballroom for a lavish evening of gourmet dining, entertainment and dancing. The gala featured a one-of-a-kind live auction and The Cowboy Cantina & Casino, with a surprise performance by the Cowboy from “The Village People”.

“Emily and I are honored and thrilled to serve as Chairs of The Cowboy Ball,” said Robbins. “Funds raised from this event ensure that children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families have quality services, education and advocacy.”

“It is because of local support that The Arc is able to remain dedicated to serving our community. Please join us as we move forward in our vision of continued and expanded impact on Palm Beach County.”

cb1The Cowboy Ball was presented by The GEO Group Foundation. Joining them, gala sponsors include B&W Quality Growers, Inc., Mrs. Mary Courim, The Frankino Foundation, The Gardens Mall, Pratt & Whitney, ADT Security Systems, BBC International/Bobby Campbell, Berman Law Group, First Republic Bank, Florida Crystals, Florida Power & Light, The International Society of Palm Beach, Pantelides PR & Consulting and WPEC CBS 12.

Additionally, the event was supported by International Chairman Hermé de Wyman Miro, Honorary Chairman Donald Trump, Jr., Vice Chairmen Carol and Jay Dewing and Vice Chairman Max Tucci.

A highlight of The Cowboy Ball was the presentation of the inaugural Courim Award, the highest tribute given by The Arc, awarded to Palm Beach resident Danielle Hickox Moore, who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to promoting excellence in her personal life and throughout the community.

The Arc of Palm Beach County has been improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through services, education and advocacy since 1958. The Arc supports programs throughout Palm Beach County that touch more than 2,300 families each year. To learn more, please visit www.arcpbc.org.