Albany County Volunteers Bring in Over $424,000 for Cowboy Joe Club

Feb. 3, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced Monday that Albany County volunteers raised $424,575 in just one week towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. The Albany County Fund Drive for Cowboy Joe concluded on Friday, Jan. 30.

"Albany County volunteers did a wonderful job again this year, especially considering the current economic times," Cowboy Joe Club Director and Associate Athletics Director Josh Rebholz said. "Despite the current economic conditions, memberships in Cowboy Joe have actually increased 18% over last year, which proves once again that the University of Wyoming has the best fans in America."

For the first time, volunteer Jaime Legerski, who contacted nearly 50 individuals and raised more than $17,000, was the named the drive's best fundraiser and was awarded a road trip with the Cowboy football team by earning the most points of the fund drive. Other notable volunteers included: Randy Welniak, who recruited the most new members; Katie Kern, who was named the "Rookie of the Year"; Gary Negich, who brought in the most actual cash; and Ed Dolan, who renewed nearly 40 members.

The Albany County Fund Drive lasted one week and featured more than 70 volunteers who went out in the Laramie community and solicited new memberships, renewals and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. The fund drive was once again chaired by UW Athletics Hall of Famer Ken Cook, who spent countless hours organizing and motivating the volunteers, while participating in the drive himself. He was assisted by fellow UW Hall of Famer Joe Dowler.

With the Albany County Fund Drive now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club will focus on Laramie County, which will kick off its fund drive on February 10th. 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.