Last Sunday, June 5th, I got to be a part of a wonderful event and cause. This shoot is one that touches everyone’s heart and reminds us to love thy neighbor. The lighthearted atmosphere, countless shotgun games and generosity of the surrounding community helped to make this fundraiser such a success! This year they raised over $3500 for a local family who has a son struggling with seizures and has recently gone to Germany for health care.
“Shoot for Alex” began in 2008 when one of the founding volunteers was informed that their cousin’s baby was diagnosed with cancer prior to turning a year old. They decided to put together a trap shoot in order to give the loved family a little money to “forget” about their struggles for a day. This shoot originally started with 12 teams and has grown to over 35 teams this year!!!!!! Each year their numbers increase and it keeps getting bigger and better. Their single and most important mission is to provide a charitable donation to a needy family who has been affected by a childhood disease. They hope to find a new family every year that fits their mission and to help them as much as they can.
This single cause brought together such an array of shooters from those with minimal experience to avid competitors. I’m very excited to report that there were shooters from the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University Shotgun Teams (both alum and currently active). There were many donated awards for the winners of the Main Event, Annie Oakley, Top Shot and the Sweetheart Shoot. The organization was superb and the generosity spread through the crowd. They plan on hosting the 5th Annual “Shoot for Alex” next year, June 3rd 2012, with location to be determined. Their cause is on Facebook, so be sure to check it out!