Shotgun enthusiasts destroyed thousands of clay birds during the First Annual Bass Pro Shops Mid America-Mortgage Shoot for Disaster, but they built a solid foundation for future competitions that will benefit the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter.
“It was just a tremendous event,” said Nancy Sell, the chapter’s major gifts officer who helped organize the event at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in rural Columbia. “Even before the competition ended we had people asking about having the event again next year. There was one group of women who already were making plans to form a team for next year.”
The 100-bird sporting clay shoot had 74 competitors in Registered and Hunter classes.
“It was just a good day,” Sell said. “Everyone who took part, volunteers included, had a good time and they raised money for a good cause- the Red Cross.”
Proceeds support disaster services in the Heart of Missouri Chapter.
There were 27 trophies awarded in seven classes.
James Hayhurst, Nash McKenzie, Ralph Gates and Dale Hopke were the top shooters in the Registered Class.
Stu Devore, Ryan Mason, Tyler Schulte and Jordan Allen finished at the top of the Hunter Class.
“We had never done a fundraiser like this before and didn’t know what to expect,” Sell said. “It really could not have turned out much better and we look forward to having another event next year.
“That’s one of the reasons we called it the ‘first annual.’ We want to make this a yearly event.”
Bass Pro Shops and Mid-America Mortgage were the presenting sponsors. Graff & Sons Supercenter, CenturyLink, Columbia Insurance Group and Providence Bank were major sponsors.
Other sponsors included: Boone County National Bank; The Blue Note; Bank of Missouri; The Insurance Group; Landmark Bank; Boone County Lumber; Shiloh Bar & Grill; APAC; and Miller’s Professional Imaging/MPIX.