Laramie County Raises More than $380,000 for Cowboy Joe Club

Feb. 24, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that nearly 30 Laramie County volunteers raised $384,806 in just two weeks towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. This total sets a new record, surpassing last year's money raised by more than $31,000. Laramie County volunteers also obtained 110 new members for 2011 towards Cowboy Joe Club's "Drive For 5,000" new member campaign.

"Laramie County and Cheyenne residents are so committed to the University of Wyoming and our Athletics program. We just cannot thank them enough for this unbelievable increase in annual funds for the Cowboy Joe Club," said Senior Associate Athletic Director, Josh Rebholz. "For them to get 110 new members in our Drive for 5,000 campaign is tremendous. We are well on our way to reach 5,000 members and we have Laramie County and those volunteers to thank for it."

The Laramie County Fund Drive, which began on February 7 in Cheyenne, consists of nearly 30 volunteers who solicited new memberships, renewals and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations by encouraging their community members to be involved with the booster organization. The tandem team of Paul Taylor and Nick Meeker brought in 45 new members this year towards the club's "Drive For 5,000" campaign, and were awarded the grand prize trip to San Diego State with Wyoming Football in 2011. For the second consecutive year, volunteer Jack Lyman raised more than $35,000 in pledges during this year's fund drive. Several other notable volunteers include: Rob Jarosh, runnerup for most money in pledges; Lee & Ann Garlach, who brought in over $11,000 this year; Randy & Linda Newman, who were named the "Rookies of the Year"; Jim Hoffmann renewed over 30 current members; and Mark & Angie Depew brought in over $29,000.

The fund drive was organized once again by Harry and Shirley Kembel of Cheyenne, who served as the event's Chairpersons. They participated in the drive themselves by bringing in nearly $63,000 alone and renewed over 100 members. The Kembels' spend countless hours organizing the drive and motivating volunteers year after year to not only meet but exceed Laramie County Fund Drive goals.

With Laramie County now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club looks to Natrona County, where the fund drive will wrap-up on March 2nd. If you are interested in joining the Cowboy Joe Club for 2011 in its "Drive for 5,000" members, please call the Cowboy Joe Club office at (307) 766-6242 or visit