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!


USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

Dec 15, 2017

Rhode, Sanderson Earn USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

USA Shooting is proud to announce six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson as its 2017 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

Athlete of the Year awards were determined from a points system where points were earned based on finishes at competitions throughout the year.

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode earns her fifth Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of ISSF.With a year that saw so many stellar performances from USA Shooting Team athletes, it took the near-Herculean task of winning two International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship and finishing off the year by winning the ISSF World Cup Final to earn to earn Rhode (El Monte, California)the distinction of USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year.

“It’s a great honor and very humbling,” Rhode said of winning her fifth USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year title. Rhode also received the honor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. She was named 2016’s USA Shooting Female Shotgun Athlete of the Year.



Rhode’s greatest competition for the year’s top honors came from within her own discipline as Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) had a year more than worthy of earning Athlete of the Year accolades. Vizzi became World Champion in September by topping a world-class Finals field that featured two of the three most recent Olympic medalists including champion Diana Bascosi and Rhode. Success at the World Championships is nothing new to Vizzi having now medaled in each of the last four World Championships. Vizzi also won the National Championships while also being a finalist at World Cup Larnaka and ending her successful year with a bronze medal at World Cup Finals.

After becoming the first Summer Olympian to win six medals in six straight Olympic appearances following a bronze-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it would have been easy for Rhode to rest on her proverbial Olympic laurel wreath, but that’s never been an option the year following the Games for Rhode.

“I haven’t deliberately taken any years off after the Olympics,” she said. “It is a lot easier to maintain my shooting at a certain level rather than having to build back up because I didn’t train.”

With so many highlights to choose from, when pressed, Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic champion Bacosi of Italy to win the World Cup Final topped them all.

“The World Cup Final is the crème de la crème of competitors and by invitation only. You have to be at the top of the game to be invited. To be competing with that talent and get into a shoot-off and go 22 straight in doubles, it doesn’t get much better.”

Three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson earns his second Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of the ISSF.Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) earned the distinction by winning gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final. Sanderson finished the Final with 33 hits, just one away from the current World Record. Earlier in the season, the Rapid Fire Pistol specialist and three-time Olympian also won silver at the USA Shooting National Championships and finished in sixth place at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan. He picked up the air pistol to compete at the recent Winter Airgun Championships and finished fourth overall while winning the Day 2 Final.

Sanderson was also named USA Shooting Athlete of the Year for Pistol in 2014 and 2015 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.

“I’m really happy to receive this award, and very humbled by it too,” Sanderson said. “Every World Cup for me is training for the Olympics to have a consistent performance. I’m training for the Qualification and a Final and I’m happy to see that I’m closing in on how to do that better and get good at both. Pistol needs a role model right now so people can see that we can win. When more people in this country see they have a chance, we’ll get more people shooting pistol and we’re more likely to get someone winning an Olympic gold medal.”



Donation by Henry Repeating Arms

Dec 12, 2017

Henry Logo

Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 20 Years
Of Made in America or Not Made at All
With “One of Twenty”
Big Boy .44 Magnum Edition
This Serial Number 20HENRY11
Donated by Henry Repeating Arms to
The Kids & Clays Foundation Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities



In observance of its 20th Anniversary in 2017, Henry Repeating Arms has created a superb, highly collectible “One of Twenty” Edition of its highly popular Big Boy .44 magnum lever action rifle. The “One of Twenty” Edition will feature hand-engraving, AAA-grade American Walnut, special “One of “Twenty” serial numbers and Presentation Walnut Display Cases.

Each of the “One of Twenty” Big Boys has been donated by Henry to an organization working in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage. Each will be auctioned to provide important funding in support of hunting, shooting and conservation in America.

The rifle being auctioned here is Serial Number 20HENRY11 and auction proceeds will be donated 100% to Kids & Clays Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This handsome serial number 20HENRY11 is hand-engraved just like the hand-engraved 20HENRY01 which recently auctioned on GunBroker.com for $25,225.00

The engraving on this rifle is by the internationally-known and award-winning Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. Baron has provided custom engraving services for most of America’s major firearm manufacturers and hunting and conservation organizations including the Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and many others. Baron has also designed and engraved more than 25 one-of-a-kind firearms for the official SHOT Show Auction.

An icon in the firearms industry, Henry Repeating Arms is proudly celebrating 20 years of American manufacturing. Since 1997, Henry Repeating Arms has stood for quality, reliability and has provided award-winning customer service on a personalized level that sets the brand apart. Throughout its history, Henry Repeating Arms has had a steadfast and unwavering commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States and providing its customers with firearms that are “Made in America or Not Made at All.”

“Over the past two decades, I’ve come to realize that it’s our customers that make Henry the brand it is today,” said Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “Henry is a brand that represents many different things for customers from all walks of life. It’s their stories, their passion for Henry and shooting sports that continue to push us to be the best possible firearms manufacturer we can be.”

Supporting the shooting sports has always been at the core of Henry Repeating Arms’ DNA, so Imperato felt it would be fitting to continue that tradition as the company marks its 20th anniversary. Henry has partnered with the Hunting Heritage Trust to auction the “One of Twenty” Anniversary Edition Big Boy .44 Magnum rifles with 100% of the proceeds going to non-profit organizations working to support hunting, shooting and wildlife conservation in America.

Following is the list of organizations that have received “One of Twenty” rifles, and the approximate dates when they will be listed for auction on GunBroker.com

Group 1- Oct 17- Nov 5

Hunting Heritage Trust

Group 2-Nov 5-Nov 19

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies BackCountry Hunters & Anglers Boone & Crockett Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Dallas Safari Club

Group 3-Nov 19-Dec 3

International Hunter Education Association Kids & Clays Mule Deer Foundation Project ChildSafe Foundation

Group # 4- Dec 3-Dec 17

Safari Club International Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Wildlife Management Institute Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

Group # 5- Feb. 4 -Feb 18, 2018

National Wild Turkey Federation Organizations which have received guns but are not included in the GunBroker.com schedule because they will auction their guns at special events include Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and USA Shooting.

“The incredible, positive impact that these organizations have had on the shooting sports industry is immeasurable and we’re proud to have the opportunity to help fund their work for years to come,” added Imperato. “Collectors and Henry enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the intricate, hand-engraved details these rifles will feature, along with their extraordinary AAA grade American Walnut and special “One of Twenty” Edition serial numbers.”

All rifles in the “One of Twenty” Edition will come with the custom Henry Walnut Wall Display shown in the listing photographs.

The High Bidder for each “One of Twenty” rifle will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” from Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato certifying that the rifle was one of only 20 produced in recognition of the company’s 20Th Anniversary was auctioned to raise funds in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage and highlighting the organization that benefited from the auction.

Henry collectors estimate that the “One of Twenty” edition will raise in excess of $100,000.00 for programs in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.


ALPS Brands Joins the Fight for Families

Sep 14, 2017

 
Alps Brands Logo

(Michigan City, IN) ALPS Brands, one of the nation’s leading providers of quality outdoor 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 Dennis Brune, ALPS Brands owner. “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.” ALPS Brands generously donated outdoor gear featured at each of the Kids & Clays/Ronald McDonald House Charities sporting clay events in 2017. They will be auctioned at each event with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

To see the 2017 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation shooting events, go to www.kidsandclays.com. “We are thrilled to be working with such an outstanding company as ALPS Brands who 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 ALPS Brands

ALPS Brands began in 1993 with a singular mission: to create durable, high-performance products without the premium price tag that consumers would expect to find on such high-quality outdoor gear. For over 20 years, they have continued to expand our product lines into a wide range of categories including tents, packs, camp furniture and sleeping bags and pads. In addition, all of our products are backed by an industry-leading lifetime guarantee, ensuring that ALPS Brands will be with you on all of your future outdoor adventures. For more information, visit www.alpsbrands.com.

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.