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Shoot to Honor and Support

Shoot to Honor and Support

Well, they did it again. Scott Akin from ECI / EDI and his crew organized a day of shooting sports as a fund raiser. Money raised goes to homeless veterans – what a good cause. 56 elevator types slogged our way through blizzard conditions to be there – road conditions were terrible but there were only two drop outs – amazing. Whew – lots of cars and trucks in the ditch.

The day at Ten Mile River Gun Club is a crazy good experience. There are two events and everyone does both – either in the morning session or the afternoon. My squad – Rob Cuzzi of VanDeusen Asso., Chris Dodds of Kencore Elevator, and Dustin Witham of Midwest Elevator – started the day with a pheasant tower shoot. There were 300 birds released and there are plenty of them still cackling about the amount of errant lead in the air. The shooters had some hearty laughs and we all came away with big smiles on wind burned faces.

The snow let up in the afternoon and we switched to shooting clays on the sporting clays course. If you are not familiar, sporting clays is a little like golf with a shotgun. Each shooting station (think golf hole) presents a different shooting situation. Clay come from and go in every imaginable direction. It’s a very social sport where we all got a chance to congratulate and rib one another on our hits and misses.


Throughout the day, we solved most of the world’s elevator problems. So I sit on the A17 Standards Committee, Rob Cuzzi has been a consultant for years, and Chris runs construction and mod for Kencore – and who had the code questions correct – you guessed it – Dustin. He went two for two when it came to the code. This was only mildly less embarrassing than him beating my score on the sporting clays course. Time to move over Dad.

John O’Sullivan of Centennial Elevator had the right card, and came away with the big prize at closing ceremonies. He won a very nice black powder rifle that had been donated by GAL. Rich L’Esperance Jr, also Centennial Elevator won the top gun award for the best score on the clays.

A great time was had by all, and all for the benefit of homeless veterans – doesn’t get much better than that.


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