Jan. 12, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - For the fifth consecutive year, the Cowboy Joe Club has set a fundraising record, Josh Rebholz, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Revenue Enhancement, announced. With the 2010 giving year ending December 31st, the Cowboy Joe Club received $2,319,926 in cash contributions, which eclipses 2009's record year-end total by more than $144,000.
"Going into the year with the current economy we were uncertain if our donors would continue to increase their giving," Rebholz said, "but as usual they stepped up more than we could ever have imagined. We cannot thank our members enough for their support in 2010. Their contribution makes a direct impact on our student-athletes' ability for success and the resources we are able to provide them. I also can't thank the Cowboy Joe Club Board of Directors and the Cowboy Joe Club staff enough for their efforts and leadership. This new record amount continues to prove what a special place Wyoming truly is. UW alumni and fans have a tremendous amount of pride for their Cowboys and Cowgirls."
Once again, Albany County led the charge in producing student-athlete support. The residents of Albany County contributed $437,000. Albany County residents are followed by Laramie County, with cash donations of $373,529, Natrona County, at $255,852 and Sweetwater County, at $175,751. The State of Colorado leads out of state support, where Colorado residents contributed $223,625.
The Cowboy Joe Club also announced that membership numbers increased to the highest level in school history in 2010. A total of 4,170 members donated at least $100 annually to the Cowboy Joe Club, which is an increase over last year by 143 individuals or organizations.
The 2011 Cowboy Joe Club fundraising effort is establishing a new goal to gain 5,000 members worldwide. If reached it would make the club the largest athletic booster organization in the Mountain West Conference. The "Drive for 5,000" began January 1, 2011 and will continue until that goal is met.
"We are very excited to kick-off the 2011 fund drive and work towards our goal of 5,000 members worldwide," Rebholz said. "How impressive if Wyoming, with the country's smallest population, could claim the largest booster organization in the league. That certainly would be something we could take great pride in."
The Cowboy Joe Club raises money in support of scholarships and educational resources for University of Wyoming student-athletes. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Cowboy Joe Club, please contact them at (307) 766-6242 or visit www.cowboyjoeclub.com.