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Thursday, June 30, 2011

13th Annual Crush'n Clays Wrap-up

Over 100 shooters participated in the 13th Annual Crush'n Clays on June 11th 2011 at the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA in Centreville, Virginia.  Over the last 12 years Crush'n Clays has raised $230,000 and after this event we expect of add $15,000 - $17,000 to that total.   Crush'n Clays is not only, the longest running shooting charity that supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, but also, it is the longest consecutive running shooting charity event in the country.

A Sponsor/Volunteer Reception was held the evening prior at the Skeet and Trap Clubhouse.  Bucky Sills and Dominick Casciano provided a sumptuous buffet of cocktail shrimp, cheese platters, smoked venison tenderloin, smoked beef tenderloin, BBQ ribs, sausage, potato salad and desserts.  It's a small thanks to our sponsors and many volunteers.

Participants were provided with ammunition, event t-shirts and lunch.  The trap shooting event consisted of 25 targets from the 16 yard line and 25 targets from the 22 yard-line.  Both individuals and four person teams competed in the event.  In the team competition the best three of four scores were recorded for record.  All participants were eligible for individual awards using a “Lewis” class system.

The festivities began with Bob Brino, Skeet/Trap Director of the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the IWLA, providing a shotgun clinic for novice competitors.  Bob donated the targets for the event.  We all owe Bob a big thanks.

As always, the Annie Oakley drew a huge number of participants.  Many participants entered the event multiple times resulting in  over 114 entries during the day.  The Annie Oakley event also had tremendous spectator appeal, pitting the skills of one shooter against another.  Half of the entry fees of the event we awarded to the eventual winner of each squad and the other half went to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.

The silent auction had number notable items that scored winning bid to include an Alexandria Beer Tasting & Tour (for 11guests), A Capitol Weekend, and a See Washington DC Tour.

Rick Kohne, Bucky Sills, Wayne Owens and Gilbert Ramey of Arlington-Fairfax IWLA provided a popular barbeque lunch of pork, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and assorted side dishes.

J.R. Wingfield bested all competitors in the main event with a high score of 47.  Congratulation to J.R. for being the 2011 Crush'n Clays Champion.

The remaining individual class winners were:
Class A – Tim Tynan
Class B – Mark Crowley
Class C – Bob Petry
Class D – Kelly Sullivan

In the team competition the results were,

1st Place – Piedmont Sportsmans Club - Score 134
Lu Charette
Mark Charette
Kim Myers
J. R. Wingfield

2nd  Place -Atlantic Healthcare - Score 122
Ernie Lyles
Dale Robertson
Dominick Casciano II
Dominick Casciano III

3rd place - Palles Team - Score 120
Mark Scott
Mel Stahl
Tim Tynan
Ashly Palles

Thanks go to our sponsors the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, the National Rifle Association, Bucky Sills, Dominick Casciano, Everfresh, Vienna Septic Services and all the volunteers whose tireless efforts made the event a great success..

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