March 26, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club has had a successful start to its 2014 Fund Drive. The Cowboy Joe Club announced Wednesday that volunteers and staff have raised more than $2 million in pledges in the first three months of the 2014 drive year. With the conclusions of the Albany, Carbon, Laramie and Natrona counties' fund drives the club has raised over $1,672,000 in the state of Wyoming alone. Over 115 volunteers helped establish new fundraising benchmarks in each county.
University of Wyoming Athletics' staff members have helped the club's start. Every full-time coach on staff has pledged to support their student-athletes as members of the Cowboy Joe Club.
"To have every coach as a member of the Cowboy Joe Club is a testament to our coaching staffs and their understanding of the importance of investing in our student-athletes," Director of Athletics Tom Burman said. "Our coaches aim to provide the best experience possible for our student-athletes and as members of the CJC they are furthering their commitment."
One gift in particular, from head football coach Craig Bohl, helped the Albany County Fund Drive eclipse $500,000 in pledges for the first time. Coach Bohl's $20,000 level of support to the Cowboy Joe Club enters him into the club's Scholarship Circle. The Scholarship Circle is comprised of a group of donors who are making significant financial commitments to dramatically change student-athletes' opportunities for success.
"To surpass the $2 million mark this early in the year is an outstanding feat," Assistant Athletics Director for Development Tim Collins said. "The Cowboy Joe Club's efforts in the Drive for Five have allowed us to have the highest annual membership numbers in the Mountain West Conference. That is a testament to the passion and loyalty that those in Brown and Gold share. It's exciting that all of our coaches share that passion and dedication as CJC members."
Cowboy Joe Club fund drives will continue in counties across the state of Wyoming and in Colorado over the next three months. The University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club is the primary fundraising arm for Cowboy and Cowgirl Athletics. The main focus of the organization is to provide more than 350 student-athletes with both academic and program support.
UW fans who haven't yet renewed their memberships or fans who may want to join the Cowboy Joe Club for the first time are reminded to make their donation prior to June 30, 2014, to be eligible to receive full Cowboy Joe Club membership benefits for the 2014-15 seasons, including priority parking and seating.
For more information on the Cowboy Joe Club please contact Tim Collins at (307) 766-6242.