Sweetwater County Continues to Bring in Record Amounts for Cowboy Joe

March 18, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club announced today that the Sweetwater County volunteers raised a record $117,975 in three weeks towards educational and operational cost of UW student-athletes. This year's total eclipsed the record set in 2009 of $103,933 raised during the county fund drive. This is a $14,042 increase over last year or almost 14% in increased growth. During the Sweetwater County Fund Drive, 27 new Cowboy Joe Club members were signed up.

"It is amazing how much Sweetwater County has grown over the past three years." Associate Athletics Director Josh Rebholz said. "In 2006 they brought in just over $56,000 total, now we are looking at almost triple that, and we still have 9 months left to fundraise. The residents of Sweetwater County can be very proud of their support of the University of Wyoming; they truly bleed the Brown and Gold."

The Sweetwater County Fund Drive lasted just over three weeks and featured 12 volunteers who went out in the Rock Springs and Green River communities and solicited new memberships, renewals and increases to Cowboy Joe Club donations. Sweetwater County Cowboy Joe Club Board of Directors Bruce Pivic and Charlie Van Over, both of Rock Springs, led the fund drive with $53,100 and $27,525 brought in respectively. Randy Stonebraker of Green River and Eddie Pacheco of Rock Springs brought in the third and fourth highest amounts. Lolita Sains of Rock Springs and Mark Nelson of Green River both were awarded prizes for signing up the most new members. Other notable volunteers include "Rookie of the Year" Doug Fields of Rock Springs, who collected nearly $2,300 as a first time fund-drive volunteer, as well as Josh Sorensen and Mike Fermelia of Rock Springs and Chuck Giesenhagen of Green River, who collected a combined donation amount of $8,250.

Sweetwater County's Fund Drive marks the fourth consecutive fund drive the Cowboy Joe Club has held in 2010 which has eclipsed the total of 2009. The Cowboy Joe Club now looks to the Carbon County Fund Drive, which will kick-off April 7. 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.