Strohm Link Family Foundation

Donor Spotlight | Strohm Link Family Foundation The Strohm Link Family Foundation was launched by John Strohm and his wife, Mary Pat Link. Mary Pat started an IT consulting business in 1989 called Interlink Group and then, with help from John and others, grew its staff to 400 worldwide. By the time the

Laurie and Matt Leprino

Donor Spotlight | Laurie and Matt Leprino For Laurie and Matt Leprino, supporting the National Western is about legacy. Laurie, along with her son Matt, stepped up to support the campaign in a number of ways. Early in the campaign, Laurie came forward and made a gift in honor of her parents, which

The Estate of Nancy Petry

Nancy and family at the luncheon naming the WSSA Boardroom the Nick Petry Boardroom Donor Spotlight | The Estate of Nancy Petry The Petry name is well known for being instrumental in the success of the National Western Stock Show today. The late Nick Petry served as president and CEO of the

Gill Family

Donor Spotlight | Gill Family Since its founding in 1871 by Bruce Johnson and Alice Gill-Johnson, the Gill family has owned and operated the 22 Ranch, an acreage located just southwest of Merino, Colorado. Now in its sixth generation, the family’s commitment to western heritage, food and fiber production, agricultural education, and the

John and Judie Hiemer

Donor Spotlight | John and Judie Hiemer As with many families, the National Western Stock Show has played a big part of Judie and John Heimer’s lives. Their passion for the Stock Show began with their oldest daughter going to the Stock Show with her grandfather and returning home with a bag full

Ben Duke III and Family

Donor Spotlight | Ben Duke III and Family For the Ben and Laurie Duke family, the National Western Stock Show represents the past, present, and the future. Ben’s grandfather, H. Ben Duke Sr., headed the Producers Livestock Marketing Association for many decades, operating out of the historic Livestock Exchange Building and the surrounding

Buell Foundation

Donor Spotlight | Buell Foundation The Buell Foundation has awarded a $500,000 gift to the Honoring the Legacy campaign to name the School Bus Entrance at the Legacy Building. In announcing the gift, Board Chair Dr. Reggie Washington said, “The Buell Foundation is honored to support the agricultural heritage of Colorado and the

Jeff and Vyonne Keller

Donor Spotlight | Jeff and Vyonne Keller For Vyonne and Jeff Keller, the National Western is a family affair. Their fathers, Stan Sours and Bill Keller, were close friends and fellow Western Stock Show Association trustees as well as Roundup Riders of the Rockies board members. Their families have been Boots ’n Business


Donor Spotlight | CoBank CoBank, one of the largest private providers of credit to the U.S. rural economy, has made a $5 million investment in the new National Western Center, securing naming rights to two facilities in the much-anticipated development which will serve as a global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation. In

Bev & Bruce Wagner

Junior exhibitor Grant Vickland and the champion hog with Bev and Bruce Wagner at the 2016 Jr. Livestock Auction Donor Spotlight | Bev & Bruce Wagner Bruce Wagner has long since made a name for himself around the National Western. As a refresher, Bruce is the chair of the Junior Livestock Auction, the

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