Hunters for the Hungry and Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays Hold

Third Annual Sporting Clays Fun Shoot Event  

            The Hunters for the Hungry program and Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays held its second Sporting Clays Fun Shoot on Sunday, October 9, 2011. The event was again held at the Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays facility in Mount Crawford, VA.  

 This year’s event was another wonderful success raising approximately $7,025.00, which will be utilized to process and distribute venison to needy families in the Harrisonburg and Shenandoah Valley areas and all across the state this year. This amount of funding will allow the Hunters for the Hungry program to process and distribute an estimated 35,125 four-ounce servings of this high protein nutritious meat to those less fortunate. To date this single event has raised $24,627.00, which has allowed the program to process and distribute 123,135 quarter pound servings to those in need this year!  

A total of 69 shooters participated in the event, which included 100 rounds of clays per shooter on this exciting and challenging course. At the conclusion of the shoot, participants were divided into five classes, I, II, III, IV, and V, with awards going to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The following is a list of winners in each category, but as one shooter put it, "Everyone was a winner who helped raise these monies to provide for those in need."

Awards were presented in these respective classes. Class I: First Place and Winner overall – Myron Emswiler, Verona, VA,  Second Place – Watson Lewis, Waynesboro, VA, Third Place – Glenn Tharp, Castleton, VA; Class II: First Place – Todd Wright, Lignum, VA Second Place – Gary Arrington, Bedford, VA, Third Place – Phil Sturm, Harrisonburg, VA;  Class III:  First Place – Rick Layser, Middlebrook, VA, Second Place – Brad Randolph, Bridgewater, VA, Third Place – Tim Whetzel, Lignum, VA; Class IV:  First Place – Alvin Estep, Fulks Run, VA,  Second Place – Joe Jennings, Lynchburg, VA,  Third Place – Brent Saufley, Fort Defiance, VA,  Class V: First Place – Brandon Rumer, Fulks Run, VA,  Second Place – William Pannell, Afton, VA, and Third Place – Chip Saufley, Fort Defiance, VA.

Special thanks go to Mr. John Alexander and Mr. Rick Hill of Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays for allowing the use of their outstanding facility and for their overall support of this event and the Hunters for the Hungry program. We also want to recognize and thank each and every volunteer that worked so hard prior to and the day of the event the make it such a success and to each and every person who cam out to shoot in this special event. Additionally, we want to thank the following sponsors and donors who helped make this year's event another success: Quality Deer Management Association, Rockingham County Branch; Joe Bowman Auto Plaza, Harrisonburg, VA; Western Virginia Deer Hunters Association; Valley Engineering, Harrisonburg, VA; Stonewall Jackson Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation; Superior Concrete Corporation, Harrisonburg, VA; Pepsi of the Shenandoah Valley, Weyers Cave, VA; Virginia Golf Cars, Inc., Harrisonburg, VA; Affordable Tents and Party Rentals, Bridgewater, VA; Old Dominion Realty, Harrisonburg, VA; Premier Vinyl, LLC., Harrisonburg, VA; Jim Melton’s Jerky Shoppe, Inc, Dayton, VA; Heartland Home Improvements, Harrisonburg, VA; VA; VBS Mortgage, Harrisonburg; VBS Mortgage - Anita Beckman, Bridgewater, VA; County Line Construction, Harrisonburg, VA, Michael’s Plumbing and Heating, Harrisonburg, VA; Lone Star Construction, Orange, VA; Jesse and Roseanne Zamudio, Orange, VA; Flying Rabbit Sporting Clays, Mt. Crawford, VA; Stonehill Construction, Harrisonburg, VA; R & L. Construction, Inc., Heartland Outfitters and Feed, Dayton, VA; Showalter Farm, Mount Solon, VA; Gray Ghost Gobblers Chapter/NWTF, Warrenton, VA; The Sound that Sells, Harrisonburg, VA; State Farm Insurance, Jeff Rebech, McGaheysville, VA; K & M Lawn & Garden Equipment Rental, Culpeper, VA; Martin’s Wild Game Processing, Bridgewater, VA; Shenandoah Valley Friends of the NRA, Harrisonburg, VA; Homestead Gunsmith Shop, Harrisonburg, VA; Valley Meat Processors, Inc, Dayton, VA; Valley Renovators, Penn Laird, VA; Roger Bible, Bridgewater, VA; Bergey’s – Continental Tire, LLC, Harrisonburg, VA; The Frazier Quarry, Harrisonburg, VA; Crosby Trucking, Mt. Sidney, VA; Meade Trucking, Verona, VA, and Sheldon Early, Harrisonburg, VA.  

 For more information about this and other Hunters for the Hungry events or about how one can help our program, please contact Hunters for the Hungry at P.O. Box 304, Big Island, VA  24526 or call 1-800-352-4868.