Steve Heger, of Kalispell, was the lucky winner of the Tika-T3, Sako 30.06 rifle raffled off by Montana Wounded Warriors. The rifle was donated by a couple from Columbia Falls who would like to remain anonymous, but we would like to thank them and let them know how much we appreciate their generosity. The drawing was held at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club on Thursday, March 12th, during the winter league shoot. Congratulations to Steve and thank you to all of our supporters who purchased a ticket.
Pictured above from left to right: Neil Baumann, board member MTWW, Steve Heger, raffle winner, and Dave Sheldon, board member MTWW.
Montana Wounded Warriors (MWW) recently partnered with the Department of Montana Military Order of the Purple Heart (MMOPH) to sponsor the University of Montana’s Vets Office “Vetsgiving.” This annual event hosted by the Student Veterans Association over the Thanksgiving break is designed to promote comradery among student Veterans, as well as provide a place for those Veterans and their families whom were not able to return home to meet, eat and enjoy the holidays.
To that end, the event was held at the Missoula Trap and Skeet Club. The event was a resounding success on a beautiful Montana day with over sixty participants that not only were provided a meal, but were able to engage in recreational trap shooting in a relaxed environment. Additionally, there were toys and entertainment provided for the “little ones.”
We wish these Veterans and their families our best as they continue to pursue their studies toward graduation at the University of Montana.
Flathead Valley Community College, through their service learning and intramural program, held a 3K Fun Run/Walk in honor of 911 National Day of Service and Remembrance. The college chose to donate the money raised from this event to Montana Wounded Warriors. We would like to thank them for the $700.00 they raised to help support our mission of taking our wounded Montana veterans on hunting and fishing trips around our state.
Barbara Grinde, of Polson, wanted to have a fundraiser at the Finley Point Grill to benefit Montana Wounded Warriors. She contacted former members of the Steve Miller Band and asked if they would be willing to play a benefit show. They agreed, and with the help of Sean Perry, the manager of the Finley Point Grill, they put on an evening of good music, drink and food with silent auction items. Barbara’s Dad is a veteran and Barbara felt that a fundraiser just before Veteran’s Day was appropriate. Through her efforts, she was able to raise $850.00 for our organization.
(Left to Right: Neil Baumann, board member, Barbara Grinde and Sean Perry)
This summer Darla Hall of Kalispell coordinated the 9th annual John and Ogle Offspring Golf Classic at the Village Greens Golf course. This year’s event was held in memory of family member Gary L Hanson affectionately known in the family as Mr. BIG. Gary had served many years in the Navy. He was killed in a tragic accident while jogging. In his memory the family donated all proceeds of the golf tournament and silent auction which totaled more than $3,000 to Montana Wounded Warriors. Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank Darla and all of Gary’s friends and family who participated in the event and blessed our organization with their generosity.
The Flathead Valley Clay Target Club held its 4th annual fundraiser to benefit Montana Wounded Warriors June 6-8.
A good number of shooters attended the trap shooting venue at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club, Friday evening, June 6th and Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th.
This year, 9 of our wounded warriors from around Montana were able to shoot at the benefit fund raiser at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club: Billy Beck, Jeremy Sands, Kyle Lockwood, Rob Wickham, Jarred Fluery, Dustin Anderson, Charles Gatlin, Aaron Evenson and Anthony Embesi. Some of the attendees had never shot trap, so Neil Baumann provided guns and some of the members provided instructions. Neil also provided great elk burgers and brats Friday evening at the instructional event. Thanks to Neil and Kristy for all the effort put into the event, it was truly appreciated by all.
Not only did our wounded vets get all the trigger time they could handle but we also included an afternoon fishing trip on Flathead Lake to give them a little break from the shotguns.
Saturday afternoon, Mike Howe of A Able fishing charters guided Aaron Evenson of Great Falls and Kyle Lockwood of Kalispell for a lake trout trip on Flathead Lake. It was a beautiful calm day on the lake, and both Aaron and Kyle were able to land a nice lake trout in the 3-1/2 to 4 lb. range. It was their first trip on the lake and each said it was the largest trout they had ever caught. Good job anglers and thanks Mike for putting them on the fish.
The board of Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank the club and the business that were so generous to our vets. Thanks to Jessica Godderz of Cabela’s for all the help with the shotgun ammo, thanks to our 2 fishing charters Mike from A Able Fishing and Tours and Flathead Lake Charters for showing our wounded warriors a great afternoon on the lake. ?A big thank you to the owners and staff at Spencer & Co steak house for a fabulous meal Saturday night.
A special thank you goes out to the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club for not only making our wounded warriors feel welcome and appreciated at the club, but for their amazing generosity as for the 4th year in a row they have blessed Montana Wounded Warriors with a large donation (this year over $2,700) from their fundraiser to help us continue to provide high quality hunting and fishing trips to Montana residents who were wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, thank you all.
Left to right Norm Nicholson, President of the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club, with Jesse Mann, President of MT Wounded Warriors, and wounded veterans Anthony Embesi, Dustin Anderson, Aaron Evenson and MT Wounded Warriors board member Neil Baumann.
CR Leisser, winner of spring gun raffle held at FVCTC receiving rifle from Jesse and Neil.