01-12-18 Bill Waneka Recognized as 2018 Friend of the NWSS

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Bill Waneka Recognized as 2018 Friend of the National Western Stock Show

Denver, CO – A crowd of more than two hundred Stock Show attendees and supporters gathered Thursday evening as the Red Meat Club of Denver recognized Bill Waneka of Wheatland, Wyoming as the 2018 recipient of the Friend of the National Western Stock Show and Red Meat Industry Award.

Born and raised on the Waneka family’s centennial farm just east of Lafayette, Colorado, Waneka has been a Stock Show leader and volunteer for nearly 50 years, beginning when he was first hired as an assistant livestock superintendent in the early 1970s.  Bill led the National Western’s Catch-a-Calf program for 35 years, continuing today as an active committee member and participant sponsor, and served for decades on the Junior Livestock Auction Committee.

Attendees at this year’s event also heard from featured speaker Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the Colorado State University System, who spoke to both the historical ties between CSU and the National Western and the University’s future plans as a partner in the National Western Center.

The Red Meat Club hosts a social and dinner program annually during Stock Show, fostering fellowship, networking, and education.  Since the early 1990s, the group has named an annual recipient of the Friend of the National Western Award, recognizing volunteers, exhibitors, and other leaders who have made significant contributions to the operations, programs, and traditions of the National Western Stock Show.

About the National Western Stock Show

In the 112th year, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is also our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier stock show, rodeo, horse show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, family and educational shows plus Colorado’s largest western trade show.  For more information visit nationalwestern.com.