(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 https://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.