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Monday, March 24, 2008

10th Annual Crush'n Clays Set for June 14th

It’s hard to believe that it all started 10 years ago, but VSSA again will host the 10th Annual St. Jude "Crush'n Clays" Clay Target Charity Classic. John Satterwhite, world renown shotgun exhibition shooter, former World Champion and winner of 6 gold medals in international competition will join us again for this special event.

The annual shoot is scheduled for Saturday June 14th 2008 at the Arlington/Fairfax IWLA Chapter in Centreville, VA. Over the last nine years, "Crush'n Clays" has raised more than $180,000 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is hosted by the Virginia Shooting Sports Association and the Arlington/Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA. The popular event draws shooters from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and is an excellent way to introduce friends and family to the shooting sports. The event is open to the public, with individuals competing in a trapshooting format. Everyone has a chance to win, regardless of ability. The format allows novices to compete alongside experienced shooters. Squads of 4 shooters can enter the main event for $230 and individual shooters can enter for $60 ($65 if you register after May 20th). The entry fee includes, loaner shotguns (for novices), main event ammunition, targets, a shooting clinic, event t-shirt, lunch and awards. There will also be the very popular Annie Oakley side event.

Interested shooters can download an entry form here. For information or if you are interested in being an event sponsor contact Steve Canale, slingenlead@yahoo.com, or contact the VSSA office at (540) 672-5848.

Proceeds from the event will help support the St. Jude Children's Medical Research Hospital, the largest pediatric research facility in America established solely for the study of catastrophic diseases. St. Jude was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, in 1962, and has over 4,000 patients in active status. Since its inception, treatment protocols developed at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have brought survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20% to better than 60% overall. St. Jude has a vast network of referring physicians, including over 99 in Virginia. Over 121 children from Virginia have been treated at St. Jude, with countless others benefiting from its research.

You can see some highlights from last year's event below.

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