UW Cowboy Joe Club Sets a New Fundraising Record

July 2, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowboy JoeClub has once again set a new fundraising record, raising $1,154,318 in cashdonations for the 1998-99 academic year. A year ago, the Cowboy Joe Clubreached the $1 million mark in cash donations for the first time in theorganization's 29-year history, raising $1,066,573. The Cowboy Joe Club'sprimary purpose is the funding of scholarships and providing financialassistance to UW student-athletes.

"Once again, our Cowboy Joe members have responded by increasingtheir contributions and by attracting new members," said Randy Welniak, UWAssociate Athletics Director for Development. "A year ago, we broke the $1million mark for the first time ever. Now a year later, our members havebroken that record. I think this shows our members are excited about thefuture of our program."

The Cowboy Joe Club has grown rapidly over the past four years.Since the 1994-95 fiscal year, the Cowboy Joe Club has more than doubledtheir total cash revenue. Average donations have increased by nearly $100per member. In the 1994-95 fiscal year, Cowboy Joe raised $528,575 in cashrevenue. Now, only four years later, cash revenue has grown by $625,743 to$1,154,318.

"The great thing about achieving this goal is that we are providingmore scholarship funding for our student-athletes," added Welniak. "Thereis no question how important this is with the increasing costs ofscholarships.

"On behalf of the University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club and AthleticDepartment, I would like to thank all of our Cowboy Joe members for theircontinued support. Furthermore, we would like to thank all of ourvolunteers and board members, who put forth the extra effort. We definitelyappreciate all their help!"