TOP GUN CHARITY CLAY SHOOTThe Michael Late Benedum Chapter (“MLBC”) of AAPL has helped take a social gathering intended to build camaraderie amongst our membership and turn it into another great charity event. With the help of volunteers, sponsors, and our membership we held the 2015 Inaugural Charity Clay shoot on October 16th, at Hunting Hills Shooting Preserve in Dilliner, PA. The weather was a perfect brisk fall day, which started off with a mini warm up competition hosted by Clear Water Land Services, while refreshments were served by Holland Land Services. Once everyone had the chance to check in and warm up we took a moment to pay tribute while the WVU ROTC Color guard presented the Red, White, and Blue; and the anthem played. We took a moment to welcome the veterans who joined us for the day, and then the 77 shooters hit the course for the afternoon.
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we were able to present paralyzed Air Force Veteran Laura Ellington and paralyzed Army Veteran Bob Morrisi with a check for $10,000. This support will allow the Paralyzed Veterans of America (“PVA”) to continue to support their members by ensuring that their members receive the health care and benefits they deserve, aid in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provide a path to adventure through adaptive sports. I’ve had the pleasure of attending events with some of these members and the support we’ve provided is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.
Following the shoot we had some time for BBQ, adult beverages, and prizes. Of all the prizes given out that day, most of the shooters had their eyes on the Benelli shotgun, which Kevin Uebel won! Congrats! Also, raffled off were custom MLBC Top Gun shirts and shooting vests courtesy of Black Bear Customs in Grafton, WV.
Steve Kennedy took home first place overall, a $150 gift card, and the MLBC Top Gun trophy with a stunning 92! Denny Hagadorn took second place overall and a $100 gift card, and Ryan Mather took Third overall and a $50 gift card. Sara Brown took the spot as the top lady overall and a $100 gift card, and the high overall team was the split Vantage Energy and Energy Corporation of America team took home $50 each; they had Steve Kennedy on their team so this is no surprise.
A special thanks to all of the sponsors whose donations benefitted the PVA and provided the warm up competition, dinner, and refreshment-both on and off the course. Very special thanks to the volunteers, Lori Naser, Judy Rastoka, and Tara White, Rich Robb of Vantage Energy, and Rob Lindsey of Clearwater Land Services; also, to Aaron Smith of Holland Services for putting on a cornhole competition after the shoot which raised additional money that was donated to the PVA. Your help made the event a huge success.
We are in the process of putting together plans for the 2016 fall charity clay shoot. Watch for details at the beginning of the year and be sure to contact Tara White or Anthony Romeo if you have an interest in getting involved.