Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy SEAL and bestselling “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, gives the keynote speech during the 25th annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming held its 25th Annual Awards & Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Ford Wyoming Center.

During the ceremony, Casper’s Mitch and Lilly Zimmerman were honored with the Distinguished Service Award, and Lance Neiberger was given the Mick & Susie McMurry Cowboy Code Try Award for his work on suicide prevention.

Governor Mark Gordon was on hand for a speech, as was Wyoming Superintendent for Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder, who introduced the Youth of the Year finalists. Dubois sophomore Isabelle Norris spoke after being presented as Youth of the Year.

Casper’s Brook McCarthy gave an extemporaneous speech as WyoTowne Mayor.

The keynote speaker was Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL sniper who wrote the bestselling book “American Sniper.”

The breakfast is held annually to help cover the operating costs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly $601,900 had been raised from the event, according to CEO Ashley Bright.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Distinguished Service Award honorees Mitch and Lilly Zimmerman give their speeches. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Isabell Norris, a sophomore from Dubois K–12 School, talks after receiving the 2023 Youth of the Year award. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder introduces the Youth of the Year finalists. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Lance Neiberger talks after receiving the Mick & Susie McMurry Cowboy Code Try Award. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Brook McCarthy, mayor of the Boys & Girls Club’s WyoTowne, gives a speech from memory during the annual breakfast and awards ceremony. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Sami Becker, right, sings the National Anthem as Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming’s Ashley Bright stands. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Keynote speaker Taya Kyle, Governor Mark Gordon, and Casper Mayor Bruce Knell stand as the American flag is presented. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Casper broadcasting personality and emcee Bob Price (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
Ashley Bright, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming, listens to the governor. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

A previous version of this post had the incorrect name for Lance Neiberger. It has been corrected.