Sept. 12, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Cowboy Joe Club, the University of Wyoming Athletics' main fundraising arm, announced Wednesday that the annual Cowboy Joe Club Auction held on Friday, Sept. 7 set an all-time record this year by raising more than $330,000 at the event. The 26th Annual Cowboy Joe Club Auction, presented by Infinity Power & Controls, netted over $330,000 to be used towards student-athlete scholarships and resources. This surpasses the previous record by more than $25,000.
A sold-out crowd of 600 Wyoming fans from across the region attended this year's auction, hosted by the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyo. Popular items included: a package to explore Napa Valley wineries; a trip to New York City to see the Knicks, Rangers and a Broadway show; 2013 Wyoming at Nebraska sideline passes; Los Angeles Lakers tickets in owner and UW alum Dr. Jerry Buss' suite; a 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 utility vehicle; a Hawaiian Vacation; an All-Star Baseball package; Phoenix Open tickets with unlimited Arizona golf; a Boston Red Sox package; a VIP Experience to see Wyoming at Nebraska; a pre-game helicopter ride; a custom Wyoming Athletics Poker table; an opportunity to attend your favorite NASCAR race; and the world famous Cast and Blast package at Crazy Rainbow in Casper, Wyo.
This year's auction, chaired by Mark Depew of Cheyenne, was sponsored by: Infinity Power & Controls of Rock Springs; ISC - Denver, CO; Town & Country Liquors - Cheyenne; Laramie GM Auto Center - Laramie; Doug & Susan Samuelson - Cheyenne; Halladay Motors - Cheyenne; Wyoming State Bank - Laramie/Cheyenne; Hirst Applegate - Cheyenne; Dairy Queen - Cheyenne; Burns Insurance - Burns; Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power - Cheyenne; LG, Inc - Cheyenne; Angie Depew- #1 Properties - Cheyenne; Wells Fargo; Capitol Roofing - Cheyenne; and Warren Federal Credit Union - Cheyenne.
The 27th Annual Cowboy Joe Club auction is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Cheyenne. The next major special event for the Cowboy Joe Club is the Annual Online Auction, to be held the entire month of February 2013 at www.wyomingathletics.com. People wanting to donate an item to either the online auction in February or the live auction next September can do so by contacting the Cowboy Joe Club at 307-766-6242.