Sporting Clays Event a Smashing Success

The 15th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament last weekend was a record-breaking fundraiser for us bringing in more than $200,000!

What does it take to put on this event, one of the biggest fundraisers for our charity? Planning begins the moment the previous sporting clays tournament ends. When the weekend of the big event arrives, it all starts at 4 a.m. Friday morning and doesn’t stop until a full clean up late Saturday. In a text thanking staff & volunteers, Senior Development Director Jamie Foltz, listed off all it took to get the event off with a bang: “From the 4 a.m. ice runs by the morning crew, the road trips to Urbana with 350 egg McMuffins in tow, to scheduling 30 pros, 50-plus volunteers and 70-plus teams to getting 250-plus auction packages donated and working that tent hard to get bidders and wine sales, to rearranging & cleaning carts, the managing and safekeeping of more than $20,000 in equipment, to being responsible for all that cash we raise each day, you guys make it all work.” Foltz then added, “And let’s not forget the raffle donations that helped us raise over $18,000 and those matching gifts that got us to $25,000 in donations! I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for each of you.” Special thanks is also given to the event partner, Kids & Clays, as well as Texas de Brazil for an impressive lunch.

Of course, all of this wouldn’t matter if not for the donations and those who buy the tickets to attend the event. Those proceeds all go toward keeping families together in a time of need.