ELKO — While being interviewed Wednesday afternoon about the Silver State Stampede, J.M. Capriola Co. owner Paula Wright showed a lot of excitement for the upcoming centennial celebration.

“We’re getting the community behind us now,” she said. “It will benefit everybody.”

Wright, who was killed that evening in a horse accident, expressed hopes of meeting the goal of 100 sponsors, saying they were already about halfway there.

“We want to get as many people as we can into it,” Wright said.

She spoke fondly about the atmosphere at the Silver State Stampede and how it rejuvenates Western hospitality. Wright truly believed in the power of the rodeo.

“We can have such a big effect from this rodeo,” Wright said.

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In honor of Wright’s passion and dedication to the event, Chairman of the Centennial Committee Alan London said a portion of the proceeds from the sponsorship will be used to establish a scholarship endowment fund in her memory.

A sponsorship for the event costs $1,000 and the more sponsors the event has, the more money will be set aside for the fund, London said.

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