March 15, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced Tuesday that Natrona County volunteers raised $237,000 in three weeks towards educational and operational costs of UW student-athletes. This total eclipses last year's money raised by more than $13,000 and sets a new Natrona County Fund Drive record.
"The fans of Wyoming Athletics who continue to do more by donating to the Cowboy Joe Club obviously realize how important their financial support is in our ability to improve our athletic program," Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development and Revenue Enhancement Josh Rebholz said. "Natrona County members, and the unbelievable volunteers who worked so hard over the past three weeks to solicit them, are essential if we want to rise to the top of the Mountain West Conference. We simply cannot thank Natrona County enough for doing their part in providing us the resources necessary for success and in our drive for 5,000 members world-wide."
The 2011 Natrona County Fund Drive lasted three weeks and featured more than 30 volunteers who went out in the Casper community and solicited new memberships, renewals and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. Ryan McIntyre, Natrona County Fund Drive Chairman, brought in 22 new members, and was named the drive's best fundraiser. He was awarded a road trip to San Diego with the Cowboy football team next fall. Other notable volunteers included Ron Richardson, who received the most money in pledges; Jesse Helm, who brought in the most cash; Mark Petire, who received the runner-up award for most money in pledges; and Casey Bramlet, former Wyoming Cowboy quarterback, who was named the "Rookie of the Year".
Natrona County's Fund Drive marks the third consecutive fund drive the Cowboy Joe Club has held in 2011 which has eclipsed their totals of 2010. Albany and Laramie counties recently completed their record-setting fund drives. With Natrona County now complete, the Cowboy Joe Club looks to Goshen County, which will kick off their fund drive on March 31st. 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 www.cowboyjoeclub.com.