6th Annual Belt Buckle Ball a Success

6th Annual Belt Buckle Ball a Success
Posted at 11:08 AM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 11:08:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Hundreds got their boots a little dirty this weekend for the 6th annual Belt Buckle Ball.

This event at The Farm in Tallahassee raises thousands of dollars for Shands Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network.

This year marked the first time tickets sold-out days in advance.

There was food, entertainment, a silent auction and even mechanical bull riding.

WTXL ABC 27's Kellie Bartoli had the honor of emceeing the event.

The sell-out crowd was also introduced to Tallahassee native Rebekah Gaudet. She was a patient at Shands from 2006 to 2007, fighting osteosarcoma, which is considered a pediatric cancer.

Rebekah has been cancer-free since May 2007. Since then, she's gotten married and had a child. She now is sharing her story to show people the importance of Shands Hospital on the local community here.

Dr. William Slayton, Division Chief and Program Director Pediatric Hematology/Oncology UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, was also on hand to talk about early detection and treatment.

Rebekah and some of the Ambassador Children were also presented with  "I Am A Miracle" medals. "These children represent the Miracles happening at Shands each and every day thanks to the support from people like you and events like the Belt Buckle Ball."

For more information on Sands Children's Hospital or Children's Miracle Network, click here.