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CWU Foundation Provides Support for Ellensburg Rodeo Festivities

When it comes to ropin’ and ridin’ it doesn’t get any better than the annual WestStar Arena "Best of the Best" roping competition, held at CWU alumni Scott and Jo Repp’s ranch. This year, the Central Washington University Foundation helped sponsor the 11th annual competition, held August 28.  

It was a time for CWU alumni, donors and friends to get an up close and personal look at world championship caliber rodeo.  Highlights from the competition can be viewed at

“We approached the Repps two or three months ago with the idea of helping sponsor the event,” said Scott Wade, CWU Executive Director of University Advancement. “The Repps are great supporters of CWU and they were enthusiastic about the idea.”

At the arena, CWU  logos and banners were everywhere, even on a money steer, which was released for roping by CWU President James Gaudino.

The CWU Foundation also sponsored CWU student artist Holly Heflen in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Hats to Fame Fundraiser ( Hats to Fame was created to help establish a future home for artifacts and memorabilia collected from Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Ellensburg Rodeo. Twenty-five resin cowboy hats were painted by 25 local artists and auctioned off at the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Banquet on August 29th, which the CWU Foundation also helped sponsor at the SURC ballroom.

“Scott and Jo Repp, the West Star Arena and the Ellensburg Rodeo are all tremendous contributors to this community and CWU wants to help preserve and celebrate their collective achievements, history and culture,” said Wade. “We also want folks to experience CWU and the CWU Foundation as relevant partners in the community, and will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen those ties in whatever ways that we can."

For more information about WestStar Ranch and Arena, go to

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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