This is a perfect Christmastime story. It would warm the heart of just about any anti-gun Scrooge. Be sure and read this entire article. The stories are touching and this piece might just give you ideas about raising money with a charitable shootout, too.

Shooting clubs have great aim for charity

Three groups raise $130,000 in just one year

Dec. 7, 2011 10:51 p.m.

The result shouldn’t be surprising.

Take folks who excel at hitting targets – especially moving ones – and combine their favorite sport with a charitable fundraiser.

It sounds something like “bang” and “cha-ching.”

Trap shooters at three clubs in southeastern Wisconsin contributed more than $130,000 to cancer research and programs in 2011.

“You find a group with the dedication that these clubs have and you know you’ll be successful,” said Cheryl Sykora of Women for MACC.

Since 1990, the Hartford Conservation and Gun Club has held the Shoot For A Cure Gene Johann Memorial Trapshoot to Fight Childhood Cancer.

The event is named after a club member who died from colon cancer at age 44. Hartford has partnered with Women for MACC to benefit Milwaukee Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund).

Kevin Rosenbaum of Hartford, who co-chaired the 2011 event with Gary DeSmidt, said Johann had lots of plans that “never got a chance.”

In the months after Johann lost his battle with cancer in 1990, members at the Hartford club decided to turn mourning into a course of action. And not just to help themselves cope, but for a larger goal.

“Gene was an avid trap shooter, participating in leagues year-round,” Rosenbaum said. “It seemed logical to try to honor him with a charity trap shoot.”

The club’s cancer fundraising efforts expanded a couple years ago with the addition of Michael King 3-D Archery Shoot.

The two events this year raised $62,855, pushing the club’s cumulative contribution to Women for MACC to $1.13 million.


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