Albany County Raises Over $438,000 for Cowboy Joe Club

Feb. 2, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that Albany County volunteers raised $438,146 in just one week towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. This total eclipses last year's money raised by more than $13,000.

"We are so thankful for the work these 62 volunteers put in to help the Cowboy Joe Club," Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz said. "2009 overall was surprisingly another record breaking year for our club. To start off the 2010 giving year, the 40th Anniversary of the club, with this huge figure from Albany County, we couldn't be happier."

After a one year leave of absence due to family reasons, volunteer Mike Bott, who brought in 13 new members and raised more than $18,000, was the named the drive's best fundraiser and was awarded a road trip to Las Vegas with the Cowboy football team. Other notable volunteers included David Primus, who recruited the most new members, Susie Christensen, wife of Coach Dave Christensen, who was named the "Rookie of the Year", Steve & Dusti Bastian, who brought in the most actual cash, and Keith Downey, who brought in over $21,000 in pledged donations.

The Albany County Fund Drive lasted one week and featured more than 60 volunteers who went out in the Laramie community and solicited new memberships, renewals, and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. The fund drive was under new leadership this year, as Rod Chisholm took over the reins as Fund Drive Chairman from longtime volunteer Ken Cook, who assumed the new duty as Chairman Emeritus. Both Chisholm and Cook were also assisted by Hall of Fame Coach Joe Dowler.

With Albany County now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club looks to Laramie County, who will kick their fund drive off on February 8th. If you are interested in becoming involved in one of the many state-wide fund drives, please call the Cowboy Joe Club office at (307) 766-6242.