Laramie County Brings in Over $300,000 for Cowboy Joe Club

Feb. 20, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that Laramie County volunteers raised $315,175 in just ten days towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes.

"Laramie County volunteers really wowed us this year," Cowboy Joe Club Director and Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz said. "Cheyenne is so important to our abilities for success, and we can't thank Laramie County for their support of UW Athletics and the Cowboy Joe Club."

This year's fund drive featured two grand prize winners, volunteers Harry Kembel and Jack Lyman, who together contacted more than 150 individuals and raised more than $80,000. Kembel and Lyman were named the drive's best fundraisers and were both awarded a road trip with the Cowboy football team. Other notable volunteers included Rob Jarosh, who brought in nearly $20,000, Will Likely, who was named the "Rookie of the Year", Mark Depew, who brought in the most actual cash, and Tracy Ringolsby, who renewed more than 50 members.

The Laramie County Fund Drive lasted ten days and featured 19 volunteers who went out in the Cheyenne community and solicited new memberships, renewals, and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. The fund drive was once again chaired by Harry and Shirley Kembel, who spent countless hours organizing and motivating the volunteers, while participating in the drive themselves as well.

With Albany and Laramie County now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club looks to Natrona County, who will kick their fund drive off on February 24th. 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.