IBB-hosted USA clays shoot raises $125,000

THE L-363 TEAM CAPTURES first place in Class A with a score of 382. From left, Bob Pennington; Bob Hartung, Jr.; Matt Leach; Ted Critchfield; and Rich Eller, retired business manager. The team also took first place in Class A last year, with a score of 396.

Unions, companies contribute and participate

THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance got a nice financial boost from a sporting clays shoot hosted by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Oct. 20. The event, held at the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kan. (near Kansas City, Mo.), drew nearly 140 participants, from beginners to experienced shooters.

It was the fourth annual USA shoot hosted by the Boilermakers union. The competition raised $125,000, a 27 percent increase over the 2011 event. Funding came from entry fees, drawings, sponsorships, and cash donations.

The shoot was sponsored by 26 union locals and organizations, including Boilermaker locals from eight states. Other sponsors included Bank of Labor, Union Insurance Group, ULLICO, and nearly 20 contractors.

Competing with nearly 30 teams representing 11 trade unions, members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 2 took home the top team award with a score of 412, while team member Steve Griffin busted 89 clays out of 100 to earn the high overall individual trophy.

Boilermaker teams also faired well. The L-363 team (East St. Louis) captured first place in Class A, while a team from the International placed third. Meanwhile, a team from L-83 (Kansas City, Mo.) placed second in Class B.

“The Kansas City Shoot was one of the USA’s inaugural shooting events back in 2009, and it’s truly incredible to see how it’s grown bigger and better each year with the dedicated support of the Boilermakers,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “This event is a prime example of how effective shoots are in raising funds for USA’s important conservation work when union locals, consultants, and union-related groups unite for a worthy cause.”

The mission of USA is to expand and improve hunting and fishing access, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Boilermakers are eligible for a free membership. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org.