Winchester Celebrates 20th Year as Ammunition Provider to Kids & Clays Foundation

May 06, 2020

Winchester Celebrates 20th Year as Ammunition Provider to Kids & Clays Foundation
EAST ALTON, Ill. (May 5, 2020) — Twenty million dollars raised to date by good people who enjoy the shooting sports and have a heart for children and their families—it is a news story that hasn’t been trumpeted loud enough. But that describes how the first Kids & Clays® shooting sports event to benefit families in need launched in 1999 with the support of Winchester® Ammunition and has grown to be a major fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) across the country.
“Our long-standing commitment—20 years—as the major ammunition supporter to Kids & Clays is extremely important,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “We are proud that our brand of more than 150 years is associated with organizations like Kids & Clays and that we can help further their mission.”
In 1999, Glenn and Kathy Lubeznik, McDonald’s owner/operators in northwest Indiana, chaired the first annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland. With the support of Winchester Ammunition, McDonald’s owners/operators and McDonald’s suppliers, the event hosted 137 participants and generated more than $15,000 for RMHC.
The next year, companies and organizations such as Browning, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) followed Winchester’s lead and agreed to support the event as sponsors. More than 220 participants shot in the Chicago tournament, and the Chicago Ronald McDonald House was again the beneficiary, to the tune of over $58,000.
The rapid success of the Chicago area tournament inspired Mr. Lubeznik to share his knowledge of this fundraiser with Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.  Because of the potential for growth of this program, Mr. Lubeznik formed what is known today as the Kids & Clays Foundation. The Foundation’s goal was to promote shooting tournaments as a unique type of fundraising event for Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation.
Each year, Winchester donates over 1,000 cases of its famous shotshell target ammunition and merchandise to support over 25 Kids & Clays events. The local Ronald McDonald House Charities keep 100% of the net proceeds from each event. What started as tens of thousands of dollars annually in fundraising has grown exponentially with 2019 setting a record high of nearly $1.9 million raised, all to help critically ill children from coast to coast.

About Kids & Clays
Kids & Clays is an organization that assists Ronald McDonald Houses in coordinating their own shooting sports fundraisers. Kids & Clays solicits contributions of cash and merchandise from generous National Sponsors and Donors that are given to the local houses to help with their fundraising events.  Additionally, Kids & Clays provides an event manual that includes instructions for hosting an event and offers on-site support. www.kidsandclays.com

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a global organization focused on keeping families together and near the care they need. The RMHC mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. They do this through Ronald McDonald Houses where families can stay while their child undergoes treatment, family rooms within hospitals for families to rest and regroup, Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles that provide mobile health services to needy communities, and through grants to extend the reach and impact of RMHC.  www.rmhc.org

About WinchesterA world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about the history of Winchester by visitingWinchester.com or connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.
 
Gun owners care. You care about safety. You care about preventing unauthorized access to firearms. You care about bettering your community, and helping those in need, and conserving wildlife and wild places for generations to come. It’s time for gun owners to tell their stories, to show how they’re making a difference. NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms industry, has established the Gun Owners CareSM campaign to unite gun owners and the firearms industry in this common cause. Visit gunownerscare.org for more information.



Inland Manufacturing, Baron Technology and Gun Broker Team Up for Kids & Clays

Nov 22, 2019

Inland Manufacturing, Baron Technology and Gun Broker Team Up for Kids & Clays

Trumbull, CT — Inland Manufacturing, LLC, Baron Technology, Inc. and GunBroker.com are partnering to help critically ill children and their families through the Kids & Clays Foundation. Kids & Clays supports a national series of shooting events, with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Inland has provided a Custom Carry 1911 to Baron Technology (BTI), who exquisitely hand-engraved the firearm for auction on GunBroker.com. The Inland 1911 in .45 caliber is certainly a “must own” for 1911 and other unique firearm enthusiasts, with proceeds going to a great cause.

“Inland Manufacturing is proud to be a part of this project, teaming up with such a great organization as the Kids & Clays Foundation,” said Ron Norton, owner of Inland. “With Baron’s expert help, we are able to provide something of great value to help people at a time when they need it the most.”

The auction is running from Sunday Nov. 17 through Dec. 1. You can access the firearm at www.gunbroker.com or directly through www.kidsandclays.com.

“We are truly grateful to Inland Manufacturing, Baron Technology and GunBroker for providing us the opportunity to raise funds for our cause,” said Doug Jeanneret, executive director of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “This is a chance to own an amazing custom handgun, while at the same time helping countless critically ill children and their families in their time of greatest need. All three companies are to be commended.”

In its own right, the Inland Manufacturing .45 Caliber semi-automatic is a great carry or range gun, but the special and intricate, hand engraved “proof model” make this a once in a lifetime opportunity for any gun owner. By bidding on this work of art, you are not only getting a chance to own a very special, one of a kind handgun, but you are also supporting a very special charity.

In addition to the hand engraved Custom Carry, Baron Engraving worked with Inland to create a laser engraved edition of the Custom Carry and is limiting that to 100 of these special edition firearms. The first of those 100 laser engraved firearms are also available now on www.gunbroker.com and through www.kidsandclays.com.

“Kids & Clays is a shining star for the firearms industry. There isn’t a charity to which we can point that does more to ‘give back’ to our local communities,” said David Baron, of Baron Technology, “All of us are very proud to be supporting Kids & Clays auctions and shooting events all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

About Baron Technology, Inc.

For 34 years, Baron Technology, Inc. has worked with shooting associations, conservation groups and manufacturers to embellish firearms, cutlery and other products that become heirlooms and collectibles. Merging hand-engraving techniques used for centuries with today’s latest technology, Baron creates unique hand-engraved, sculpted-roll engraved, etched and multi-laser engraving processes to embellish all types of metal, synthetic and wood products. Baron services include a creative art department whose extraordinary custom designs are used by many industries and organizations around the world.

About Inland Manufacturing

Inland Manufacturing, LLC was founded in 2013 with a commitment to provide the highest quality firearm-related products for the practical shooting enthusiast. The Inland Manufacturing team has over 100 years of combined firearm related experience and applied knowledge in firearm design and manufacturing, as well as, experience in military, law enforcement, and competitive shooting sports.The M1 Carbines and 1911 pistols offered by Inland Manufacturing, LLC are manufactured in the USA with no compromises in quality!

For more information about Baron Technologies Inc., visit www.baronengraving.com

For more information about Inland Manufacturing visit https://www.inland-mfg.com

For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation, visit www.kidsandclays.com.

Media Contacts: Ron Norton – ron.norton@inland-mfg.com, 937-835-0220
Ron Norton – Doug Jeanneret – doug@kidsandclays.com, 219-874-2100



SCTP – Kids & Clays Registration Now Open on Winscoreonline.com

Jul 08, 2019

SCTP – Kids & Clays Registration Now Open on Winscoreonline.com

(Marengo, OH) The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is partnering again with the Kids and Clays Foundation to host the 4th Annual registered two-day sporting clay charity event at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio!

The event will be held Friday July 19 and Saturday July 20 during SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships. The event is open to parents, coaches, athletes and anyone attending the SCTP, the athletes themselves as well as the general public.

All registrants for the event will be entered in a drawing for a large prize package of firearms, outdoor and shooting gear worth more than $14,000! Prizes, donated by many great sponsors, are listed below.

Click here to sign up for this event today! The event is open to those participating or attending the SCTP National Championships as well as the public.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is the nation’s leader in youth development shooting sports programs. The Kids and Clays Foundation supports a series of shooting events across the country with all proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities. All proceeds from this special two-day event will help each organization fulfill their mission.

“We’re not only happy to partner with Kids & Clays on this event but are thrilled to be able to offer such a large prize package just for participating in the event,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Program Director. “This event will make for a great ending to what is shaping up as record-setting National Championships at Cardinal.”

Besides the great prizes, top finishers in this registered event will be recognized with trophies.

A portion of the proceeds, through the Kids & Clays Foundation, benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to tens of thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.

“We are blessed to be associated with such a quality organization as the SCTP,” said Doug Jeanneret, Kids & Clays Foundation executive director. “We certainly invite all who have an interest in shooting and also in helping youth to attend this marquis event.”

Proceeds will also benefit the SCTP’s scholarship program providing assistance to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in college. Scholarship applications are available on the SSSF’s website.

To see the 2019 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation/RMHC shooting events and promotion sites, go to www.kidsandclays.com. About Kids & Clays Foundation: The Kids & Clays® Foundation supports Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) through shooting sports to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families. By partnering with sponsors and shooters in a nationwide series of sporting clay and other shooting events, Kids & Clays generates funds to help support RMHC’s across the nation. For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission, contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100.



Kids & Clays Raises Record Amount for Critically Ill Children and Their Families

Feb 25, 2019

Kids & Clays Raises Record Amount for Critically Ill Children and Their Families

(Michigan City) What started with a single sporting clay event to help critically ill children and their families has grown into a decades old national organization benefiting hundreds of thousands of families each year raising a record $1.6 million net in 2018 – a record for the organization.

The Kids & Clays Foundation supports a national series of sporting clay events with proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Ronald McDonald Houses provide housing and other help to critically ill children and their families across the country. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has been a key sponsor and advocate of the Kids and Clays Foundation for twenty years. They are the title sponsor of the New Haven House event in Connecticut as well as supporting Valhalla New York sporting clay shoot and events nationwide.

“You can see firsthand the benefits of supporting the Kids & Clays Foundation by visiting the Ronald McDonald House of New Haven or one of the myriad of Houses across the country,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice-president and CMO. “This is simply a cause we must support and encourage all companies to get involved. Every dollar makes a great difference in the lives of many.” Founded in 1999 by McDonald Owner-Operators Glenn and Kathy Lubeznik from Michigan City, IN, the first Kids & Clays Foundation/RMHC event raised $15,800 for the Chicago House. In 2018, the Kids & Clays Foundation series of events has grown to 23 and has raised more than $18 million net to date to help children and their families.

“This success and support of Ronald McDonald Houses is only possible with the help of dozens of key companies and individuals within our outdoor community,” said David Baron of Baron Technology and president of Kids & Clays. “We have been called the ‘shining star’ of the shooting sports industry and are also very proud to be the bridge between outdoor companies and Ronald McDonald Houses. I can’t think of a better charity to support.”

Kids & Clays also relies heavily on sponsors from suppliers to McDonalds Corporation to fulfill its mission. To see all of the companies who invest funds, time, and merchandise for the cause, go to http://kidsandclays.com/sponsors.

To see the 2019 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation/RMHC shooting events and promotion sites, go to www.kidsandclays.com. About Kids & Clays Foundation: The Kids & Clays® Foundation supports Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) through shooting sports to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families. By partnering with sponsors and shooters in a nationwide series of sporting clay and other shooting events, Kids & Clays generates funds to help support RMHC’s across the nation. For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission, contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100.



Ruger Announces Donation to Kids & Clays Foundation

Oct 08, 2018

Ruger Announces Donation to Kids & Clays Foundation Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) once again proudly supports the Kids & Clays® Foundation through a generous donation to its national series of sporting clay events. Proceeds from Kids & Clays’ sporting clay events benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization that provides housing and other help to thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year. “We are incredibly proud to continue our support of the Kids & Clays Foundation,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO. “It is an honor to contribute to their mission of helping children and their families in their time of need.” Ruger donated a custom engraved firearm for each of the Kids & Clays / Ronald McDonald House sporting clay events in 2018. These firearms will be auctioned at each event with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Ruger has again shown its unwavering commitment to helping those in need around the country,” said David Baron, Owner of Baron Technology Inc. and President of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “Thousands of families are benefitting from Ruger’s generosity and we are deeply grateful. We are certainly proud to have Ruger as a Kids & Clays sponsor, supporter and friend.” To see the 2018 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation shooting events, visit kidsandclays.com. About Kids & Clays Foundation: The Kids & Clays Foundation supports Ronald McDonald House Charities through shooting sports to improve the lives of critically-ill children and their families. By partnering with sponsors and shooters in a nationwide series of sporting clay and other shooting events, Kids & Clays generates funds to help support the operating needs of Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission, contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100. About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.


Thermacell Stands Tall for Families

Sep 20, 2018

Thermacell Stands Tall for Families

(Michigan City, IN) Thermacell, the nation’s leader in insect protection products, has partnered with the Kids & Clays Foundation to support their national series of sporting clay events. Proceeds from the shooting events benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.

“We are very proud to be working with the Kids & Clays Foundation and their mission of helping children and their families when they need it the most,” said Pauline O’Keeffe, Thermacell Public Relations Manager. “Our organization believes in giving back to communities and organizations across the country and we can’t think of a better group to help than Kids & Clays.”

Thermacell generously donated an array of their insect repellant products for each of the Kids & Clays/Ronald McDonald House Charities sporting clay events in 2018. They are being auctioned at each event with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

To see the 2018 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation shooting events, go to www.kidsandclays.com.

“We are thrilled to be working with such an outstanding company as Thermacell whose products have protected millions of people from the harmful effects of insects and at the same time understand the vast benefits of contributing to the cause,” said David Baron, owner of Baron Technology Inc. and president of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “Their support is making a large difference in the lives of many critically ill children and their families and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.” About Thermacell® Repellents, Inc. Thermacell Repellents, Inc., headquartered in Bedford, MA, designs, manufactures, and markets area mosquito repellent and insect control solutions. Thermacell can be found at most outdoor, sporting goods, home improvement, and mass merchant retailers. Thermacell products are also available internationally in more than 20 countries. For more information on Thermacell and its complete line of repellent products, consumer reviews, and store locations, visit www.thermacell.com or call 1-866-753-3837.

About Kids & Clays Foundation: The Kids & Clays® Foundation is a community of shooting sports enthusiasts committed to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® and improving the lives of children and their families. By partnering with sponsors and shooters in a nationwide series of sporting clay and other shooting events, Kids & Clays generates funds to help support the operating needs of Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission, contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100.


Large Prize Package Up for Grabs at SCTP

Jun 26, 2018

Large Prize Package Up for Grabs at SCTP – Kids & Clays Event

(Marengo, OH) The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is partnering with the Kids and Clays Foundation to hold a registered two-day sporting clay charity event at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

The event will be held Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 during SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships.   The event is open to the public, parents and coaches of athletes attending the SCTP and the athletes themselves.

All registrants for the event will be entered in a drawing for a large prize package of firearms, outdoor and shooting gear worth more than $14,000!  Prizes, donated by many great sponsors, are listed below.

To register for the event visit our shop!

Click here to sign up for this event today! The event is open to the public and those participating or attending the SCTP National Championships

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is the nation’s leader in youth development shooting sports programs.  The Kids and Clays Foundation supports a series of shooting events across the country with all proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities.  All proceeds from this special two-day event will help each organization fulfill their mission.

“We’re not only happy to partner with Kids & Clays on this event but are thrilled to be able to offer such a large prize package just for participating in the event,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Program Director.  “This event will make for a great ending to what is shaping up as record-setting National Championships at Cardinal.”

Besides the great prizes, top finishers in this registered event will be recognized with trophies.

A portion of the proceeds, through the Kids & Clays Foundation, benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to tens of thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.

“We are blessed to be associated with such a quality organization as the SCTP,” said Doug Jeanneret, Kids & Clays Foundation executive director.  “We certainly invite all who have an interest in shooting and also in helping youth to attend this marquis event.”

Proceeds will also benefit the SCTP’s scholarship program providing assistance to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in college. Scholarship applications are available on the SSSF’s website.

The Prize Package for participants of the sporting clay event includes:  
  • Beretta
    • A300 Outlander 12 Ga
  • Winchester
    • SX3 Compact
  • Ruger
    • Vaquero
  • SKB
    • 90TSS O/U
  • Mossberg
    • International 20 Ga
  • Savage
    • 320 12 Ga
  • CZ
    • 712 12 Ga
  • TriStar
    • O/U Shotgun
  • Smith & Wesson
    • Bodyguard .380
  • ALPS
    • Ultimate Recliner
    • ALPS Rocking Chair
  • Browning
    • ULU Hatchet
    • Second Chance Zebra Knife
    • Stick It Throwing Knife
    • Wihongi Tomahawk
    • Track USB Rechargeable Light
    • Two Piece Shooting Rest
    • Speed Load Knife
    • Lona Shell Box Carrier
    • Lona Deluxe Pouch
    • Crazy Horse Leather Mag Case
    • Ranger Black Hat
    • Backpack
    • Range Pro bag
    • Hidalgo Soft Gun Case
   
  • Briley
    • $300 gift cards
  • Camp Chef
    • Big Gas Grill X2
  • Champion
    • Workhorse Trap Machine
    • Passive Slim Ear Muffs
    • Ear Muffs with Glasses
    • Pink Youth Glasses
  • Girls With Guns
    • MOO Gun Bag
    • MTS Bullet Dangle Earrings
    • Duck Stamp Hat
    • Black Koozie
    • $25 Gift Card
  • Hodgdon Powder Co.
    • 8 lb. gift card
  • OTIS
    • Elite Cleaning Kit
    • 12 Ga Rip Cord
    • 20 GA Rip Cord
    • Bio Mix Starter Pack
    • Tandem Wipes 085
  • Thermacell
    • Scout Camp Lantern
    • MRP450 Repeller
    • Mosquito Protection (Slate)
  • Winchester
    • Bar HT Directors Chair
    • Red Captains Chair
    • AA Shell Holder
    • AA Shell Bag
    • AA Mailbox
    • Red Am. Legend Mug
    • AA Thermometer
 

For more details on the special two-day sporting clay event or for more information on the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target Program visit www.sssfonline.org or contact Amanda Wondrash at awondrash@sssfonline.com or Tom Wondrash at twondrash@sssfonline.com.

For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation visit www.kidsandclays.com or contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100.

For more information on the Cardinal Shooting Center, visit www.thecardinalcenter.com.

To register for the event visit our shop!