Event raises $132,000; youth shooter blasts 77 clays
THE UNION SPORTSMEN’S Alliance (USA) 5th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot held in Lenexa, Kan., Sept. 21, set a USA shoot financial record, raising $131,839 to support the group’s conservation mission. The event also increased participation by 22% from 2012.
Shooting with his father, Rick Adams, on a team of IUPAT DC 3 members, youth shooter Drake Adams was among the 175 union members and shooting enthusiasts who attended the event at Powder Creek Shooting Park. His impressive score of 77 out of 100, especially at his first sporting clays event, earned him the Highest Over All (HOA) youth shooter award. Drake’s performance inspired the crowd’s unanimous approval that he should receive the one-year membership offered by the shooting park as a raffle item.
The Boilermakers-hosted shoot was sponsored by more than 50 unions and union-friendly companies. Eighteen IBB local lodges spanning 13 states from Georgia to California took part.
“When the Boilermakers and their partners like Bank of Labor and Union Insurance Group put their muscle and dedication behind an event, it always exceeds expectations,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “USA’s 5th Annual Boilermakers Kansas City Sporting Clays Shoot brought together more shooters than almost any previous event, raised nearly $132,000 to support the USA’s conservation mission and encouraged a youth to pursue his talent in the shooting sports.”
International President Newton B. Jones said, “I think I echo the collective feelings of the leadership and membership of the Boilermakers as well as the staff of Bank of Labor and our many partners and friends when I say the USA is a great organization with a great and worthy cause.”
Each year, the USA’s nationwide shooting tour brings the union community together at more than 25 sporting clays and trap shoots across the country while raising funds to support the USA’s efforts to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org/events.