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Arizona Cowpunchers Scholarship Organization  
In loving memory of Bill Owen, Founder, whose spirit is destined to live on indefinitely through those who knew him, his art and ACSO.  
Joe Beeler
logo by Joe Beeler, CA
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HOW IT ALL STARTED
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Several years ago, during the time that Bill Owen was President of the Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Association, he learned there had been some talk of forming an organization that would raise monies in order to grant scholarships to young people of the Arizona ranching community. Scholarships for kids wasn't anything new to Bill, since he had been supporting the Arizona National Livestock Show by allowing pieces of his artwork to be used for an annual commemorative print to benefit their scholarship program beginning in 1990. Bill wanted to make a difference during his ACRA Presidency, so he stored the idea in the back of his mind.

Some time later he learned of a young man he knew from an Arizona ranching family, who had won a roping, and when asked if he wanted the prize of a horse trailer or a sum of cash; the young man replied that he wanted the cash. When asked why, he responded he wanted to use it to go to school. This touched Bill's heart, because he knew that young people of the Arizona ranching community are often unable to afford higher educations. That was all the inspiration Bill needed to act on the idea he had stored away. In the beginning Bill was told by several people that he was attempting the impossible, but that attitude only served to spur him on. Determination and hard work eventually won out and The Arizona Cowpuncher's Scholarship Organization, Inc. became a reality in 1995.

Ten years later...
Cowboy Gala, the single fundraiser held to benefit ACSO evolved over time. The first event raised just enough money to fund seven (7) one thousand dollar scholarships. In 2005 the ACSO Board of Directors approved twenty-seven (27) awards, bringing the dollar amount over these ten years to just over $270,000. At Cowboy Gala 2005, founder Bill Owen announced it would be the finale. Although the success ACSO has realized makes it possible for this dream to live on for some time, the importance of continued donations are greater than ever. Find out how you can help today!

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This isn't about any one person, or about anything, except the young people who benefit as a result! They are out future, and one of the best investments a person can make. Besides, it makes you feel good!

meet the 2005

Arizona Cowpuncher's Scholarship Recipients
Guests attending ACSO's evening fundraiser festivities, Cowboy Gala 2005, were greeted by six tuxedo-clad ACSO Scholarship Recipients on horseback. <more>
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Fund Raiser
Joe Beeler
"One Eyed Open"
by Joe Beeler, CA

One Eyed Open Golf Tournament and cowboy gala 2005


On the morning of March 5, 2005, the first phase of the 10th annual fundraiser began at the Los Caballeros Golf Club, where the One Eyed Open Golf Tournament commenced with a 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start and a Scramble format. <more>
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