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Community rodeo banquet exceeds expectations.

The University of Montana Western’s annual rodeo banquet shattered previous fundraising records, Roxanne Engellant, UMW foundation director, announced this week.

Engellant estimated that the event will gross over $75,000 and exceed last year’s profit totals by over $10,000.

“I know I join coach Olie Else, the UMW rodeo team and Montana Western foundation in thanking all who helped to make this exceptional event so successful,” Engellant said. “Each year we continue to exceed all expectations.”

This year the university served over 725 dinners with more than 750 in attendance, Engellant said.

Proceeds from the banquet fund operational costs for the university’s rodeo program and provides scholarships for rodeo athletes.