AROUND TOWN: 'Cowgirls & Cocktails' turns pink for those with breast cancer

By: Linda Navarro
July 18, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm
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The entrance to ProRodeo Hall of Fame turned pink for Cowgirls & Cocktails. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Friends and family are carrying the pink flag for Cindy Fowler.

A much beloved community volunteer who died of breast cancer in 2012, Fowler had left her imprint on nonprofits throughout the community. Her major legacy became Cowgirls & Cocktails.

As Fowler went through cancer treatment in 2008, she saw a gap between what was covered by insurance and the unmet needs of other women going through treatment. Sometimes it was just needing the money to get a cab home after chemo. Fowler and friends thought up Cowgirls & Cocktails, an evening in which women could have a wild and crazy girls night out to support an important cause. The money raised by an all-volunteer corps helped with wigs, meals delivered by Angel Heart and other basics.

After Fowler's death, her friends and family kept Cowgirls & Cocktails going - and growing. It burst the seams at Norris-Penrose Event Center and on June 6 moved over to ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Fowler would love that there were 500 participants this year, said organizers. "We were able to raise just over $75,000. Not bad for a three-hour cocktail party," said longtime friend Rosemarie Venezia.

The event committee included Sue Hamilton Ager, Candy Chernak, Hannah Delagardelle, Deanne Funkhouser, Paula Gould, Chana Kolman, Lori Kurtz, Corliss Palmer, Charlotte Porterfield, Melissa Powell, Laraine Saldivar, Fowler's daughter Emily Sheldon, Katie Stuart, Kathleen Venezia, Rosemarie Venezia and Mark Watson. Behind the bar slinging Jim Beam concoctions under the tutelage of Mike Henderson were Fowler's Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation buddies Rob Alexander, Brian Binn, Brian Braaten, Ralph Braden, Scott Bryan, Kevin Estrem, Gary Markle, Rick Powell, Jeff Renehan, retired Gen. Gene Renuart, Scott Stuart and guest bartenders Andrew Feichter, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Kevin O'Neil, Tim Phelan, Bill Sojourner and Brian Wray.

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