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Patrons Ball

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm MDT

2022 Patron Ball. Photo by Mark Davis.

September 23, 2023
6 – 11:30 p.m.

This western formal features live music and exquisite cuisine by Bravo Catering. The Patrons Ball is one of the signature social events of the year in Wyoming, and a major fundraiser for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Patrons from near and far gather to renew friendships, network with leaders of industry and government, and make new acquaintances. Immersed in western art, culture, and the history of the West, this event allows Patrons to enjoy companionable conversation and kick up their heels!

All proceeds benefit the programs and public activities of the Center of the West. Patrons Ball is the culmination of Rendezvous Royale, a weeklong celebration of the arts in Cody, which also includes the Buffalo Bill Art Show and By Western Hands. For general information, visit the Rendezvous Royale website.

For more information on Patrons Ball, please contact Rebecca McKinley at [email protected] or 307-578-4025.

In addition to the ball, our fundraising activities include these additional events—great prizes and silent auction items for you, as well as greatly appreciated support for the work of the Center.

Raffle car

  • Our annual raffle car features a classic. In 2022, we extended the drawing date to October 17, with raffle ticket prices $25 per ticket, 5 for $100, or 30 for $500. Click here for all the details about the prize, a 1959 Corvette Convertible Resto-Mod!

Raffle car with Heart Mountain visible through the windshield.

Gold nugget sweepstakes

  • Our sweepstakes in 2022 is a pair of gold nuggets—22-karats, 82–86 percent pure gold, with a combined weight of 42.69 grams. This drawing is also October 17, 2022, so click here for all the details!

Silent auction:

  • Always an integral part of our Patrons Ball, the Silent Auction features artwork, jewelry, decorative arts, unique Center of the West experiences, and more.

2022 Sponsorships:

Our grateful thanks to the following generous Patrons Ball sponsors for 2022. If you would like to join us as a sponsor in 2023, please e-mail us or call 307-578-4025.

The Showman sponsor

Naoma Tate & the Family of Hal Tate

The Scout sponsors

Caryl & Roy Cline
Hirtle Callaghan & Co.
Maggie & Dick Scarlett

Buffalo Bill sponsors

Carlene Lebous & Harris Haston
Carol & Jim Linton
Rusty & Deborah Rokita

Pahaska sponsor

Bill & Mary Anne Dingus

Annie Oakley sponsors

Eide Bailly, LLP
Horse Creek Cattle Company / Dave Berry and Anne Hanson
John Housel
Christy Messnick & Larry Maynard II
Mooring Consulting Group
Nick & Yulia Piazza

Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities for the event are always available.
E-mail us or call 307-578-4025 for more information.

Special Thank You:

A special thank you goes out to the Patrons Ball Committee, without whom we could not organize this gala.

Patrons Ball is the finale to Rendezvous Royale, a week of the best of absolutely everything western in Cody, Wyoming! Join us for the excitement of a nationally recognized art show and a spirited auction of the best contemporary western art, and many other events. Visit the Rendezvous Royale website for more information.


September 23
6:00 pm - 11:59 pm MDT
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