Challenge Donation

December 31, 2015 deadline 

Thanks to those who helped meet the challenge:

Chuck Learn ~ John Michael Reedy ~ Chris Isaacs ~ Jeff Thomas ~ Anonymous

Shannon and Kent Rollins' Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee

Betsy and Dennis Lutge ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Andy Carr ~ Dan Bybee ~ Tom Swearingen

David Carlton ~ Joanna Wotipka ~ Susie Knight ~ Jean Mathisen Haugen

Stella and Jim Cathey ~ Terry Nash ~ Mark Munzert ~ Deanna Nelson-Licking

Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Hal Swift ~ Linda Kirkpatrick ~ Linda Nadon ~ Del Gustafson

Sally Baldus ~ Dick May ~ Michael Henley ~ Paul Quinton ~ Yvonne Gresnick

Kay Kelley Nowell  ~ Jane and Dick Morton ~ Shelly Pagliai - Prairie Moon Quilts

Chuck Learn* ~ Paulette and Michael Tcherkassky ~ Keith Ward ~ Dale Page

~ Beth Rand ~ Cj Hadley-RANGE ~ Marleen Bussma ~ Shane Queener ~ Derek Knapp

 Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Al "Doc" Mehl ~ Kip Sorlie ~ Stella and Jim Cathey*

Christopher Chambers ~ Mike Diaz ~ Marci Broyhill ~ Nika Nordbrock  ~ Roberta Rothman

Santa Clarita Cowboy  Festival ~  Jim Thompson-Creative Broadcast Services

Sandi and Jay Snider ~ Annette Sacks ~ Jeri Dobrowski-Cowboy Jam Session

Rex Rideout ~ Marilyn and Greg Camp ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck ~ Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Smoke Wade ~ Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

updated 12/31

*multiple donations during challenge period


Thanks to all of the people, gatherings, and organizations who make possible all the work of the Center.

Our other valuable 2015 donors: Kent Penter, Sandy Seaton Sallee, Betty and Ken Rodgers, Rodney Nelson, Tom Hawk, Linda M. Hasselstrom-Windbreak House Retreats, Susan Parker, Del Gustafson, Wendy Brown-Barry, Shelly Pagliai—Prairie Moon Quilts, Scofield's Cowboy Campfire, Stella and Jim Cathey, Andria Kidd, Marleen Bussma, Pat Richardson, Gordon White, Ken Cook, Tom Morgan, Joanne Grinage, Stuart Hooker, Cowboy Poetry Week Event (Mark Kerr, Jarle Kvale, Rodney Nelson), Marge and Steve Conroy, Susie Knight, Gary Brown, Andy Nelson, Hal Swift, Lynn Kopelke, Jeff Campbell, Bryce Angell, Kristi Cobb, anonymous honoring Willis Howard, and Chuck Learn.

Our great banner sponsor supporters: Western Folklife Center; Ken Cook; National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Clear Out West (C.O.W.); Susan Parker, The Western Way and the Western Music Association, Marci Broyhill; Jay Snider; Tom Morgan Art; Rhonda Stearns; Yvonne Hollenbeck; Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering; Jeri Dobrowski-Cowboy Jam Session; Jane and Dick Morton; Jean Prescott; RANGE Magazine; Almeda M. Bradshaw and the M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast; Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering; Spalding Labs' Flying SL Ranch Radio Show; Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering; Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival; and  Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.

Thanks to Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr. for substantial program support and to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for Cowboy Poetry Week 2016 support.

We look forward to a great seventeenth year at; to the fifteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week and its associated Rural Library Program.

Thank you for being a part of it all.




Pitch in at the $40 level or higher and receive the 2016 Cowboy Poetry Week poster
and the new double CD of top classic and modern cowboy poetry.


" isn't a simple web site. It's our daily gathering. Our community stretches a great distance, partly because this site still lives. Stay in touch. Donate."  

                      Jim Cardwell, poet, songwriter, and friend of the BAR-D (2014)


Friend of the BAR-D,

You care about the West and about its poetry, music, and arts. Your support is essential to the work the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry does to spread the word to our community. We can keep the words alive. It's up to you.

Faithful supporters have made possible the Center's work to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities and the real working West. Through, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and social media (Facebook and Twitter), we reach many people who share our mission. All of this work is done on a small and careful budget. Your support is essential. Please donate so we can keep working together to maintain our community and keep our story alive.

To achieve our 2016 budget goal, we must raise funds to carry out Cowboy Poetry Week activities; administer the Rural Library Program; produce the Cowboy Poetry Week poster; finish the final volume of The BAR-D Roundup (both the poster and CD go to rural libraries and to supporters); and to continue with all of the associated efforts at and the Center's social media communications.

A loyal friend of the BAR-D, a generous supporter, has once again offered a
challenge donation to help reach our goal for the funds needed for program materials and expenses: If we can raise $6000 (by December 31), the Center will receive the challenge donation of $1000 and all facets of the programs can go forward.

Every dollar of your support is dedicated to preserving our Western heritage and promoting the arts of today's working West. All of the work that goes into these programs is done by volunteers: by me and by people like you who arrange and take part in events and activities and help spread the word. Funds are needed for printing, production, postage, packaging, design, and maintenance of the efforts at

Thousands of
The BAR-D Roundup CDs and annual posters have been received by libraries across the West and beyond through Cowboy Poetry Week programs. Many hundreds of rural libraries, poets, and musicians participate in Cowboy Poetry Week activities. These programs also reach out to youth, keeping these arts and traditions alive for future generations.

Each year more people learn about the poetry, music, and other creative aspects of the West and about the importance of preserving our real working West through these programs and through and the Center's active social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have been one of the generous and faithful financial supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, you make possible Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program,, and all the Center does.
Whether you've contributed $10 a year or ten times that and more, you have played an important part keeping the words alive.

If you have given before, thank you for any additional support. If you have not supported the BAR-D recently, or ever,
now is the time that your support will make the most critical difference.
No amount is too small to make a difference.

You can
donate below with a secure, on-line credit card payment.

You can also donate by mail:, PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450 (our new address). Find a printable form here.

Thank you for being a part of the BAR-D. We have accomplished much together. Let's keep working to continue to fulfill our shared mission. Together, we can bring the poetry, music, art or our important and vibrant community to many. It is my pleasure and privilege to work with you.





A one-minute message from one of our long-time supporters, Andy Nelson:

photo by Stuart Johnson

Click to listen to Andy Nelson's message.



© 2013, Jason Rich,
  2007 poster image by Tim Cox 2006 poster image from Joelle Smith's



Donors at the $40 and higher level will receive the 2016 Cowboy Poetry Week poster in April, 2016. Donors at the $40 ($60 international) and higher level will receive the 2016 edition of The BAR-D Roundup in the Spring of 2016, or any other of the available CDs.

You, too, can be a part of it all.

Please lend your support, which lets us continue to bring you our many features and programs.

You can make a donation by check or money order, by mail (please use the form here for mail to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450) or by a secure, on-line credit card payment through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required): is a project of The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, a tax-exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Act. Contributions to the Center are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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