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Shooters shatter USA fundraising and attendance records

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USA Event Manager Chris Piltz announces a record $200,000 plus raised by the Boilermaker-sponsored event.

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The event drew a record 223 shooters.

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Boilermaker Executive Director – QCCUS Gene Forkin blasts a clay pigeon.

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The Piper High School trap shooting club receives two $10,000 checks, one from Bank of Labor and the Boilermakers, another from the USA and the Greater Kansas City BCTC.

IBB-sponsored sporting clays event raises more than $200K

THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance 10th annual sporting clays shoot, sponsored by the Boilermakers and held in Lenexa, Kansas, September 22, set a new fundraising record for all USA shoots across the nation, bringing in over $200,000, easily topping last year’s record (also set by the Boilermakers) of $184,000.

Set at the Powder Creek Shooting Park, the 2018 event drew 223 participants, also a record.

“Our event has consistently been the USA’s top fundraising shoot because of the generous support we receive from our local lodges, affiliate organizations, contractors and International staff, along with participation from other unions in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area,” said Mark Vandiver, the Boilermakers Executive Director for Construction Sector Operations. Vandiver coordinates the event along with Eugene Forkin, Director of the Boilermakers’ Quality Control Council of the United States.

The 2018 sporting clays shoot also served as a platform for other worthy causes. Bank of Labor and the Boilermakers jointly showed their support for a newly formed youth shooting group (Piper High School Trap Club, near Kansas City, Kansas) with a donation of $10,000. The USA and the Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council matched that with their own $10,000 gift. In addition, the USA donated union-made shooting vests and a shotgun to be used by the club as a raffle item to raise additional funds.

The Boilermakers also sponsored a raffle for locked-out members of Local D239 in Three Forks, Montana, collecting $5,700.

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated “to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.” The Boilermakers union is a charter member. Free membership is available to all IBB members. Visit unionsportsmen.org/take-action/join/.

Reporter  V57N4
Published on the Web: October 26, 2018

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