Laramie County Breaks Cowboy Joe Club Record

Feb. 22, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that Laramie County volunteers broke another all-time record of $324,167 towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. This year's total surpasses Laramie County's previous high of $300,363 obtained in 2007.

"We are just so pleased with the work of these volunteers," Cowboy Joe Club Director and Associate Athletic Director Josh Rebholz said. "After we broke Albany County's record a few weeks, we were really interested to see what the Cheyenne area would do, and sure enough they went out and broke a record too."

For the second straight year, volunteers Harry and Shirley Kembel, who contacted 99 individuals and raised more than $50,000, were awarded a road trip with the Cowboy football team by earning the most points of the fund drive. Other notable volunteers included Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tracy Ringolsby, who recruited the most new members, Rob Jarosh, who was the "Rookie of the Year", and Mark Depew, who brought in the most cash received.

The Laramie County Fund Drive lasted eleven days and featured more than 20 volunteers who went out in the Cheyenne community and solicited new memberships, renewals, and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. The fund drive was chaired by Harry Kembel, who spent countless hours organizing and motivating the volunteers, while participating in the drive himself as well.

With Albany County and Laramie County both breaking annual fund drive records, the Cowboy Joe Club now looks to Natrona, Sweetwater, Sheridan, Campbell and Carbon Counties to keep the streak going. Their drives will begin in late April and early March.

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.