Feb. 23, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that Laramie County volunteers raised a record $352,943 in just two weeks towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. This year's total eclipses the previous record set in 2008 of $324,167 and it was an increase of more than $37,000 from what was brought in during last year's 2009 Laramie County Fund Drive.
"What else can we say, but wow. This year's total amount raised really shocked us," Associate Athletics Director Josh Rebholz said. "For Laramie County to raise $37,000 more than in 2009, and break the all-time Laramie County record, we couldn't have been more excited. Not only was the total amount brought in impressive, Laramie County volunteers also signed up 79 new members for Cowboy Joe, which is an incredible figure. The city of Cheyenne and Laramie County is so vital to the University of Wyoming's success, and this total shows that they are in our corner now more than ever."
The Laramie County Fund Drive lasted two weeks and featured 25 volunteers who went out in the Cheyenne community and solicited new memberships, renewals, and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. Jack Lyman of Cheyenne was named the grand prize winner and was awarded a trip to Las Vegas with Wyoming Football in 2010. Jack raised more than $35,000 and brought in seven new members. New volunteer Paul Taylor signed up an astounding 44 new members, and he along with new volunteer Nick Meeker brought in almost 60 new members alone for Cowboy Joe. Other notable volunteers included: Rob Jarosh, who brought in nearly $29,000; Jim Reynolds, who was named the "Rookie of the Year"; Tracy Ringolsby, who along with Jarosh and Reynolds each renewed more than 50 members; and Mark & Angie Depew, who brought in nearly $25,000.
The fund drive was once again chaired by Harry and Shirley Kembel of Cheyenne, who spent countless hours organizing and motivating the volunteers, while participating in the drive themselves. Harry and Shirley brought in almost $60,000 alone for the Cowboy Joe Club while renewing nearly 150 individuals and Laramie County corporations.
With Albany and Laramie County fund drives now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club looks to Natrona County, which will kick-off its fund drive on February 23rd. 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.