What is known today as the Kids and Clays Foundation began more than twenty years ago, when Indiana McDonald’s owner/operators Glenn and Kathy Lubeznik first organized a sporting clays tournament to benefit the Chicago Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald Houses like these offer free or low-cost housing and other family support programs near children’s hospitals all over the world, seeking to help families with children undergoing major medical care. Over the years, the initial benefit tournament that raised $15,800 for one House has grown tremendously. In 2019 the Kids and Clays Foundation raised nearly $1.9 million, with multiple events held every month all across the United States. To date, the Foundation has raised a lifetime funding total in excess of $20 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, since the humble beginnings of that first clay shoot in 1999. Recently, Champion Target helped support this wonderful cause with a St. Louis-area tournament, and they have issued the following press release about the event.
“Champion Partners with Kids & Clays to Support Ronald McDonald Houses
Sep 24, 2020
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – September 2020 – Champion Traps & Targets, maker of interactive and challenging target systems and trusted eye and ear protection, serves as a national sponsor of the Kids & Clays Foundation and recently had the opportunity to help raise funds at a sporting clays tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kids & Clays supports Ronald McDonald House Charities through shooting sports to improve the lives of critically ill children and their families. Champion sent a team to participate in the 20th annual Sporting Clays Tournament fundraiser held by Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis. The three local Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.
“Kids & Clays’ success is built upon relationships with our national sponsors and we’re really happy to have a strong partnership with Champion,” said Zac Lemmon, Kids & Clays program director. “Thanks to Champion and their quality products, countless critically ill children and their families benefit in the St. Louis area and from coast to coast. Kids & Clays looks forward to working with Champion for years to come.”
Eliza Graves, senior brand marketing manager for shooting accessories, was part of the Champion team at the tourney. “It was really nice to get out of the house and shoot at this great event,” she noted. “We are honored to have a tremendous partnership with Kids & Clays that truly helps make a difference in the lives of many people.”
Champion is a leading provider of quality trap throwers, paper targets, metal targets, clay targets, hearing and eye protection, and shooting systems. Shooting is a fun pastime, and Champion produces a wide variety of products to enhance the experience for shooters of all levels. For more information, visit www.championtarget.com.
Have you used any Champion products, like their Workhorse Trap? What did you think? Have you participated in one of these charity events before? If so, what was it like? Please let us know your experiences in the comments below. If you would like to join one in the future, take a look at the Foundation’s event schedule on their website. At the time of this writing, there are more than a dozen events on the calendar through November 2020.
Photos courtesy of the Kids and Clays Foundation and Champion Target.
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