Coordinators of outdoors events do much to include service veterans in activities and to raise funds that further programs and gear for those vets.
Last year, Ashley Butcher of Lockport organized a Clays for Heroes fundraising shoot at the North Forest Rod & Gun Club in Lockport. That shoot for veterans drew 72 shooters and raised about $3,000 in donations.
This year, Butcher has set up the Second Annual Clays for Heroes fundraiser at Rochester Brooks International Skeet and Trap Club in Rush on Aug. 10.
Proceeds will go to HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield), a group formed in 2007 to help disabled veterans get back into a normal life through outdoors involvements such as hunting and shooting sports.
Shooting will start at 9 a.m., with the last squad out at 1 p.m. There will be a European start on a 100-bird sporting clays course. Along with the clays, shooters can enter other games at the club.
Slots fill early and pre-registration is encouraged. Walk-ons the day of the event will be first-come fills for places. An admission fee of $50 covers entries, with an optional Lewis Option (50/50 Split) shoot for $20.
For more details, registration information and sponsorship opportunities, check with Ashley Butcher at 698-5892 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the HAVA organization and its functions, go to honoredveterans.org.