Sagebrush and Roses breaks attendance and fundraising records

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TORRINGTON, Wyo. Eastern Wyoming College Foundation hosted Sagebrush and Roses; breaking their attendance and net fundraising records.

This year, Eastern Wyoming College received 404 attendees and a net fund of $61,000. Funds raised from the event will support scholarships for Ag students and help fund the $8.2M Agricultural Technology Education Center. (Tami Afdahl)

This year, they received 404 attendees and a net fund of $61,000.

Funds raised from the event will support scholarships for EWC Ag students and help fund the $8.2M Agricultural Technology Education Center. Specifically, $37,000 of the $61,000 total raised from the event will be directed to ATEC.

This year’s reception was decorated by Farm Girls Boutique and featured a western chic theme that transported visitors into a relaxed upscale western venue.

The reception featured a live acoustic performance by Tris Munsick and delightful libations served by the 307 Bar and Grill, along with upscale hors d’oeuvres by Cottonwood Catering.

Two of the special donors that helped generate a successful evening were Suzey and Stephen Delger.

The Delger’s provided a custom laser engraved Weatherby 300 that was purchased on the day of Weatherby’s factory grand opening.

Suzey Delger, who currently serves as our Director of Nursing will be retiring this year and her and Stephen wanted to do something truly special for the College.

The gun raffle raised $8,500.

The live auction brought in $13,750 and will be matched for a total of $27,500.

The bevy of fundraising was promulgated by a generous $11,000 bid by Julie Kilty who will have her choice of brand location in the new ATEC facility.

The success of Sagebrush and Roses and its planned longevity has led the committee to pledge $50,000 to the ATEC capital campaign and with the success of this year’s event, the amount remaining to raise for ATEC is $127,000.

The committee is also purchasing a stock ticker tape to be installed in ATEC.

Sagebrush and Roses is an event that the College plans for nearly a year in advance and one of the newly planned items, added this year, was a silent auction that raised over $3,000.