.....December 31, 2013 deadline: met, and goal reached!
Thanks to all who stepped up.
Thanks to those who have donated to date...
Tom Swearingen, first-time supporter who stepped up to the challenge, tells why:
What do I value most about CowboyPoetry.com? Probably that you do what your "slogan" claims: "Preserving and celebrating the arts and life of rural communities and the real working West." As a poet and lover of our western heritage I'm entertained, informed, and inspired by the poems you share, the classics as well as contemporary that meet a high bar for quality. The news, links, event announcements, calls for entry, and the like that you share have resulted in performing and publishing opportunities for me that I wouldn't likely have found elsewhere. And perhaps most valuable, connection with some "big name" poets featured on the site that have provided me with encouragement and mentoring.
What moved me to make a donation? The Challenge Donation calling for support of the 2014 Cowboy Poetry Week and Rural Library Program is one I can't ignore. First, on general principal. And, because I've been asked by my community's public library to present an evening program during this year's Cowboy Poetry Week...
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 CowboyPoetry.com and through the Center's social media communications.
Friend of the BAR-D,an urgent and important plea.
With the participation of people like you—loyal supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry—we've sustained a vibrant community with a shared mission. I'm committed to keeping that story alive, so I come to you with
Together, we've worked to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities and the real working West. Through CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and social media (Facebook and Twitter), we include many people who share our mission. All of this work is done on a tiny, careful budget. Your support is essential. Let's keep working to maintain our community and keep our story alive.
A generous donation by the Sage Foundation will help underwrite some of the costs for the fourteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week 2014. But it's not enough to fund the entire project. Additional contributions are necessary to carry out Cowboy Poetry Week activities; administer the Rural Library Program; produce the Cowboy Poetry Week poster; create the next volume of
Thanks to those who have stepped up and met the goal...
Kirkwood ~ Cowboy Poets of Idaho ~ Jerry
Brooks ~ Hal Swift
Yvonne Hollenbeck* ~ P'let and Mike Tcherkassky ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee
Sally Baldus ~ Stephanie Davis ~ John Michael Reedy ~ Harvey Sampson
Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Dave Stanley and Nan McEntire ~ Keith Ward
Tom Swearingen ~ Jack Burdette ~ Dale Page ~ Stan Howe
Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Shannon and Kent Rollins' Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon
David Carlton ~ Kay Kelley ~ Chris Williams ~ Pat Richardson
George Rhoades ~ Nika Nordbrock ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Mark Kerr
Jeri Dobrowski-Lamesteer Publishing and Graphics* ~ Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival
Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot") ~ Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns ~ Bj Smith ~ Linda Kirkpatrick
Andy Nelson ~ Yvonne Gresnick ~ Linda and Bill Patterson ~ Deanna Nelson ~ C.J. Hadley and RANGE
Black Hills Antique Parts ~ Bruss Horn ~ Patricia Frolander ~ Western Folklife Center
Jean Mathisen Haugen ~ Dick and Jane Morton ~ Susan and Bruce Matley ~ Jim and Stella Cathey
Beth Rand ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Del Gustafson ~ Jim Thompson (California) ~ Linda Nadon
Prudence and William Gustafson ~ Chuck Learn* ~ Tyler Guy ~ Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering
Mark Munzert ~ Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Bob and Marie Mann ~ Tom Linenbrink
Jarle Kvale ~ Laurel Paulson-Pierce ~ Chris Isaacs ~ Carol D. Warner ~ Jay and Sandi Snider
Jean and Gary Prescott ~ Leslie Keltner-Runumuk Cowgirl Productions ~ Susie Knight
~ Rodney Nelson ~ Janice
Gilbertson ~ Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Valentine ~
Rex Rideout-Time Travel Music ~ Jarolyn Crouse ~ Michael Henley ~ Gary McMahan ~ Rod Miller
Roberta Rothman ~ Marci Broyhill ~ Smoke Wade ~ Eileen Dirksen in memory of Steve Dirksen
Gary Brown ~ Laurie Wood ~ Tom Nichols ~ Kathie and Paul Kern ~ Andrea Kidd
Cindy and Kurt "Snoose" Argyle of SaddleStrings ~ Kathy Brittain ~ Farmer Dave and Marti Fulfs
Marilyn and Greg Camp ~ Mike
Moutoux ~ Paul Bliss ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Heather Hafleig ~
Joelle Smith Western Art ~ Anonymous
* multiple donations
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.
Donors at the $40 and higher level will receive the 2014 Cowboy Poetry Week poster in April, 2014. Donors at the $40 ($60 international) and higher level will receive the 2014 edition of The BAR-D Roundup in the Fall of next year (if sufficient funds are raised); or the special 2-disc edition of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 8, a special Christmas compilation or their choice; or any other of the available CDs.
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