Sporting Clay Shoot To Help Battle Parkinson's Disease


pictureA charity sporting clay shoot and fun day to help Parkinson's disease research was held on Saturday, October 23, 2004, at Yellow Creek Sporting Clays Range in Langston, AL, owned and operated by Bob and Barbara Stabler and Frank and Sandy Langlois.

The first annual "Guns Afire for Parkinson's Disease - Clays for The Cure" was an all-day event and the cost was $100, and the shells were included with pre-registration. The layout is a 100-target walk through course and a round of 5 Stand is included for warmups. All National Sporting Clays Association rules applied, and a total of 23 hunters, beginners, and veterans participated. There was also several other spectators, staff of the range, sponsors, and family/friends who attended the event.

Carol and Danny Meenen, long time members at the sporting clays range, decided to organize a fundraiser for Parkinson's disease research. Carol, Alabama State Co-Coordinator for PAN, has been diagnosed with PD for almost 12 years now. It was a great success generating $7,000 which was sent to the Parkinson Alliance where it will all be used for PD research. There was a silent auction of several items which were donated by our most generous sponsors, and this brought in a substantial amount of money. Also, we raffled a gorgeous diamond and sapphire pendant on a 14kt white gold chain, a case of Fiocchi Golden Pheasant shotgun shells, and $100 cash. We took pledges from family and friends to pay a certain amount for each target shot by an individual, and we collected a significant amount of funds from this endeavor.

We are looking forward to the Second Annual "Guns Afire for PD - Clays for the Cure" which will be held in October 2005. We hope to double the amount we collected previously, and we would like to invite you to join us in our fight for a cure for this dreaded disease.

By: Carol B. Meenen

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