Challenge Donation

.....December 31, 2014 deadline. 

Thanks to those who helped meet the challenge...


" 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


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 our our community. Please pitch in.

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 pitch in so we can keep working together to maintain our community and keep our story alive.

To achieve our 2015 budget goal, we must raise funds to carry out Cowboy Poetry Week activities; administer the Rural Library Program; produce the Cowboy Poetry Week poster; create the next 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.

Loyal friend of the BAR-D, Texas sculptor Tom Morgan, and another generous, anonymous supporter have offered a
challenge donation to help reach our goal for the funds needed for program materials and expenses: If we can raise $7000 (by December 31), the Center will receive those challenge donations 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 in the story of our collective success.

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 695, St. Helena, CA
94574. 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.




Thanks to those who donated ... we made it!

Cowgirl True—Diane Tribitt and Belinda Gail* ~ Jim Cardwell  ~ Chuck Learn ~ Hal Swift**

Kent Reeves—The Whole Picture Consulting ~ Stella and Jim Cathey ~ Tom Swearingen

Marleen Bussma ~ Jerry Brooks ~ Kay Kelley Nowell ~ Susie Knight** ~ Sally Baldus

Chris Williams ~ P'let and Michael Tcherkassky** ~ David Carlton ~ Jo Lynne Kirkwood

Kathryn Reynolds ~ Paul Quinton ~ George Rhoades  ~ Devon Dawson ~ Deanna McCall

Robert Kinsey ~ Marvin and Elaine Del Chiaro ~ Dennis Russell ~ Mary W. Seago ~ Jean Mathisen Haugen

 Alan Mollenkopf ~ Western Folklife Center* ~ Almeda Bradshaw-M2B Music* ~ Gail Dudley

Daniel Bybee ~ Patricia Sublette  ~ Stephanie Davis ~ Marilyn Ball ~ C.J. Hadley —RANGE*

Leslie Keltner—Runumuk Cowgirl Productions ~ Dale Page ~ Andria Kidd ~ Del Gustafson

Anonymous ~ Tyler Guy ~ Al "Doc" Mehl ~ Floyd Beard ~ Patricia Frolander ~ Jane and Dick Morton*

Denise Arvidson  ~ Merv Webster ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck* ~ Mark Kerr ~ Nika Nordbrock

 William Thornton ~ Kip Sorlie ~ Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering* 

Spalding Labs' Flying SL Ranch Radio Show* ~ Rex Rideout ~ Totsie Slover ~ Barb Kopietz

Belinda Gail—Broken Diamond Entertainment** ~ Hans-Joachim Gutbrod  ~ Jarle Kvale

Sally Smith—Joelle Smith Western Art ~  Jay and Sandi Snider ~ Chris Isaacs ~ Stan Howe

Marci Broyhill* ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Linda Nadon  ~ Bob Coker ~ Cowboy Poets of Idaho*

Jeri DobrowskiLamesteer Publishing and Graphics* ~ Doris Daley ~ Pat Richardson

 Susan and Bruce Matley (Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue) ~ Tom Nichols ~ John Dofflemyer  

Mark Munzert ~ LaVerna B. Johnson ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Paul Kern

Rod Miller ~ Smoke Wade ~ Greg Camp

Challenge offered by Tom Morgan and Anonymous

** multiple donations during challenge period
* banner supporter

updated 12/31


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 2015 Cowboy Poetry Week poster in April, 2015. Donors at the $40 ($60 international) and higher level will receive the 2015 edition of The BAR-D Roundup in the Fall of next year (if sufficient funds are raised)
 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 695, St. Helena, CA 94574) 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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