The Flathead Clay Target Club in Kalispell once again benefited Montana Wounded Warriors with their 7th annual fundraiser event June 9-11. The club did an outstanding job this year and was able to raise over $3,150 to support all expense paid hunting and fishing trips for wounded veterans who have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. We had a fantastic turnout with 7 wounded vets and 5 of their spouses joining us. The weekend started off with a barbecue on Friday night followed by the group having some practice rounds shooting at clay targets.
Saturday morning was lively with our vets as well as many others from all over came and competed to see how many clay targets they could shoot. Afterwards we headed to Lakeside and spent the afternoon on Flathead Lake looking for fish. Thank you to Mofisch for providing us with 3 boats. Though there was not a lot of fish caught, a good time was had by all.
Thanks again to the Flathead Clay Target Club. We look forward to doing this again next year.
On August 27, 2016 we had a fundraiser for Montana Wounded Warriors at the Squire Lounge in Billings, Montana. We had live music playing outside on a stage, delicious BBQ provided free with a donation suggested, and a list too long to describe of silent and live auction items. The Squire filled up with 200-300 people to support the event and enjoy all the fun. We had fun raffles going all night that gave away several brand new hunting rifles from Shipton’s Big R. We raffled a total of 8 guns to several lucky winners which includes two of our own wounded warriors, Mike Kuntz and Josh Beckett. Everybody had a great time and we auctioned off a donated steer skull from a MT Wounded Warrior Brandon Olson, that he painted and decorated himself. That skull went in the live auction for $2200 – thank you so much Brandon! The donated AR-15 from Scheels and beautiful hydro-dip donated by Todd Rust was the high dollar item for the night. It sold in the live auction for $4100, WOW! Two of our very own members and very talented taxidermists, John Bennett and Jacob Schenck, donated a shoulder mount to be done by them personally. Those were a hit as well and two happy bidders walked away with some talented work to come. The moment that everyone was waiting for came and we finally drew for the three lucky winners of the $10,000 cash prizes for the raffle tickets. The three winners (pictured below, in order) were:
$5,000 – Jason Werholz
$3,000 – Dawn Clark
$2,000 – Sara Wagner
None of the winners were present, but we were able to contact them and inform them of their new found fortune. It was a long, enjoyable event and a huge success. With all the hard work, and very generous donors, the event raised over $30,000. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible!!
Three Sights Indoor Shooting Range in Billings put together a .22 caliber pistol shooting competition on the evening of Friday, July 29, 2016. There was a great turnout of people of all shooting abilities that came to support this great cause. Three Sights donated all proceeds from the competition to Montana Wounded Warriors and staffed the event to further make it the great success it was. There were a lot of great shooters, but the top three prevailed and won the great prizes of a brand new Smith & Wesson Victory pistol for first, a free year’s membership to Three Sights for second place, and 1000 rounds of .22 caliber ammo for third. It was a great time and a big success, raising almost $1200.00. We are planning on doing more events with Three Sights in the future. A big thank you to all involved.
The second weekend in June we had another successful fundraising event at the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club in Kalispell. Friday night we had a cookout at the club and our vets got to practice their trap shooting. Saturday one of our vets, Billy Beck of Kalispell, won the new shooter event and a very nice belt buckle. In the afternoon two local fishing charters, A Able and Mofisch, took our vets out on Flathead Lake. Sunday morning we had another winner in the new shooter event, as Charles Williams of Kalispell won a belt buckle. This is the sixth year the Clay Target Club has put on this fundraising event for Montana Wounded Warriors and we would just like to let Norm Nicholson and the rest of the board know how much we appreciate their continued support.
Montana Wounded Warriors recently partnered with Shock N Awe, a nonprofit organization committed to fundraising for charitable groups through sports activities. Well known in the Missoula community for their charitable contributions towards breast cancer research and prevention, this year they organized a tournament for Montana Wounded Warriors at Fort Missoula Park. With over 24 teams of varying levels of experience in attendance, it was an impressive display of athleticism and philanthropy.
Although cold, windy and rainy throughout most of the tournament, Shock N Awe’s commitment to the cause was evident in everyone playing until the end. Additionally, a benefit raffle was held at the Press Box, a major sponsor and local sports restaurant in Missoula. Over $2700.00 was raised during the weekend. We at Montana Wounded Warriors would like to thank everyone that made this event possible and we look forward to it next year. Thanks guys, job well done!