Sporting clays shooting has become one of the major charity fundraising opportunities of our time. Many of us have had the opportunity to go to a fundraising event through the years, but one recent fundraiser stands out for its success. Last April a single mother of two children went to her doctor for a standard checkup. Raven is a 35-year-old woman with no visible health concerns or problems. However, when she left the doctor’s office that day, her world was turned upside down. Raven was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
This is where the story becomes a little brighter. As her employer and friends discussed what a terrible situation it was, they also wanted to figure out what they could do to help. They decided to hold a fundraising sporting clays tournament. As Raven worked in the oilfield, they began making some calls with other oilfield friends and family. What started as possibly having a fundraiser quickly turned into one of the largest events of the year. They were expecting to have a hundred or so and hoping for more. What happened, however, was one of the largest groups of men and women coming together for a fundraiser for the love of their oilfield friends in a time of need. By the time the event began at the National Shooting Complex, only four months after Raven’s diagnosis, over 500 men and women came together on the sporting clays course to give a young woman a little something to be thankful for.
While something like this cannot stop the strain that is caused by the situation, it can bring a little brightness to a dim situation. All over the country, more and more people are coming out to their local club to shoot charity events. While they don’t all have the success of the event in San Antonio, they all bring people together out on the sporting clays course to laugh and enjoy shooting a shotgun with friends, colleagues, and family. While Raven certainly has a long way to go in her battle, all of the proceeds from this event will go directly to her when she needs them the most.
We would like to wish Raven well in the remainder of her battle. If you would also like to help Raven, you can check out her GoFundMe.com page, Help for Raven.