Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Meet The Randy Rogers Band Thurs, Sept 24, 2009 from 5pm to 6:30pm!!

Meet the band whose last project debuted as the most-downloaded country album on iTunes! The Randy Rogers Band will be signing autographs tomorrow, Thursday Sep 24th from 5pm to 6:30pm at Fort Western (56th and HYW 2, Lincoln, NE). Compliments of Panhandle Slim.

Monday, September 14, 2009

USO Presents Toby Keith with a Sculpture Donated by the Fort

Karen Cirrito-Centofanti, USO volunteer, presents country star Toby Keith with a certificate and "God Bless America" statue in recognition of his ongoing efforts to support US Troops

On September 4, 2009 the United Service Organizations (USO) of Fort Drum NY held a fundraiser in honor of country star Toby Keith. During the event Toby Keith was presented with a “God Bless America” sculpture and a plaque of recognition for his ongoing efforts to support US Troops.

The USO is a private, congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of the American people to support its volunteered activities. Since before World War II, the USO has been the bridge between the American public and the U.S. military. Through peace and war, the USO has consistently delivered special comfort, a strong morale and recreational services to the U.S.military.

In August this year, USO volunteer, Karen Cirrito-Centofanti, contacted Fort Western Stores, Nebraska’s largest Western wear outfitters located in Lincoln and Nebraska City, NE, requesting a special donation to be presented to Toby Keith at his September 4, 2009, Darien Lake, NY concert. Fort Western Stores was delighted to donate a “God Bless America” sculpture which features a cowboy riding a horse carrying the American Flag.

"The evening with Toby Keith was amazing. Toby was extremely touched and in awe of the sculpture,” said Karen Cirrito-Centofanti, USO volunteer.

”He goes into the red zones of combat to perform for our soldiers and a few times had to take cover in bunkers while rounds of gun shots and bombs rang over his head. I think it is so courageous of him; he has done it now for 7 or 8 years straight, “said Karen Cirrito-Centofanti, USO volunteer, “… so, every year at each one of his concert venues, his fan club members who are known as Toby's Warriors hold fundraisers, mainly for his charity, Ally's House, a home for children with cancer that he founded.”

Back in April, Toby Keith was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in Washington DC by the Military Officers Association of America for his on-going dedication to the USO and related charities.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Announcing Fort's $250 Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to Phil Varner for winning a Fort Western Stores $250 Gift Card! Phil will receive a Fort Gift Card valued at $250 which he may use on our online store, catalog or at our Lincoln and Nebraska City locations. Phil is pictured below, on Texas Z, next to his beautiful wife, Susie Varner on Colonel.

"I can’t believe I won this shopping spree. Don’t know
that I’ve ever won anything. It’ll be fun to look through
the on line catalog and pick out some things. Of course
I’m sure I’ll go to the boot section first then to tack.
Thanks to Fort Western, I appreciate the prize." --Phil Varner

Phil is a native Texan of 55 years who moved to Canton, Ohio 18 months ago. He and his wife, Susie, have been married for 33 years and have two children, both married, and two grandchildren, a 9 month old grandson, and a 7 ½ month old granddaughter. Phil is employed by Timken Corporation and manages the Heavy Truck Aftermarket. Phil and Susie have a 5 acre horse farm with an indoor arena, 5 stalls and own 3 horses. Two of them are quarter horses and one is a Draft/Quarter. The couple spends their time in the barn where there is always plenty of work and enjoy pleasure riding with their friends, who share the same love for horses.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Fort "Gives Cancer the Boot"... in Nebraska Husker Style

Since 1998 the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska has been holding an annual event to raise money for health care research. This year's theme was "Give Cancer the Boot" which highlighted their "Famous Boots" auction where organizers gather donations of new and worn boots, autographed by local and national celebrities, to be auctioned during the event.

When the Cattlemen’s Ball contacted the Fort Western about donating a pair of boots, they were more than happy to oblige. And, although they could have pulled any ol' pair of boots off the shelf, they gathered together a team of boot experts and custom designed two pairs of one-of-a-kind Nebraska Husker Boots, one ladies’ size 8 and one men’s size 10 1/2.

To add even more appeal to their custom crafted boot donation, the Fort teamed up with Patrick Combs, “The Voice of Memorial Stadium” and Froggy 98, country music radio station, to invite the University of Nebraska's Athletic Director Tom Osborne, Football Coach Bo Pelini, Volleyball Coach John Cook, Men’s Basketball Coach Doc Sadler, Women’s Basketball Coach Connie Yori and Baseball Coach Mike Anderson to autograph the boots.

The autographed red and cream colored boots pictured above are the ultimate Husker Fan collector's item. Husker fans placed their bids, with the highest bid of $600 winning the men's pair and the highest bid of $1000 taking home the ladies' pair.