Laramie, Wyo. - -(Ammoland.com)- BP, a leading producer of oil and gas, has signed on as a sponsor for the 2014 Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt.
The hunt, hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, will be held Oct. 9-12, 2014 in northeastern Wyoming. The Wyoming Women’s Foundation created the hunt to promote camaraderie and mentorship through hunting while raising awareness of and funds for the Foundation’s mission to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state.
Through its Lower 48 business, BP is one of the largest natural gas producers in Wyoming, with major operations in south-central and western Wyoming covering more than 2,500 square miles. Anchored around its giant Wamsutter tight gas operations, BP’s gross operated production in the state totals about 250 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from about 2,000 wells. BP’s Wyoming operations support approximately 200 full time jobs and approximately 800 contract positions.
As part of BP’s sponsorship, Lisa Houghton, Senior Director of Communications and External Affairs of BP, will be a hunter at this year’s event and Cindy DeLancey, Director of Government and Public Affairs in Wyoming, will attend.
“Operating in Wyoming for the past 100 years, BP continues to be committed to investing back into local communities where we work and improving the lives of those who live there,” DeLancey said.
“Lisa and I are proud to be affiliated with such a meaningful and positive experience. An event like this helps showcase how we have it all in Wyoming – world class wildlife, clean air and water and low unemployment and a healthy economy largely driven by the jobs created by the energy industry.”
“BP’s sponsorship of the hunt supports our efforts to help women become more self-sufficient through hunting, as well as raising funding for the Wyoming Women’s Foundation,” said Shelley Simonton, co-chair of the hunt committee.
“We appreciate BP’s investment in this year’s hunt and its support for improving the lives of women. Learning to hunt can help women experience more independence and self-sufficiency by giving them a way to feed their families and put free-range, organic meat on the table.”
Leading the way as the first event of its kind for women, the inaugural Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt was a huge success in 2013. Hunters came from across Wyoming and the nation to participate, including prominent leaders like Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kite, who helped found the hunt. Of the 34 total hunters in 2013, 32 harvested antelope and seven women harvested for the first time.
Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the US – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing approximately 20,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports more than 260,000 jobs total through all of its business activities. For more information, go to www.bp.com/us.
About the Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt
The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, developed by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation, celebrates women’s hunting as a platform to promote camaraderie and mentorship. The event helps raise funds for the organization’s mission of supporting economic self-sufficiency for women across Wyoming. The hunt takes place Oct 9-12, 2014 at the Ranch at Ucross in northeast Wyoming. To learn more, visit www.wyomingwomensantelopehunt.org.
About the Wyoming Women’s Foundation
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation invests in the economic self-sufficiency of women and the future of girls. The Foundation builds on a permanent endowment that will ensure funding to enhance the lives of women and girls in Wyoming for generations to come. It makes grants to Wyoming organizations that help women and girls attain economic self-sufficiency, creates statewide awareness of the barriers to economic self-sufficiency, and supports systems change to eliminate those barriers. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has invested $650,000 into more than 100 organizations. The Wyoming Women’s Foundation is a component fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Learn more at www.wywf.org.