Aiming for a cure

ALLENWOOD – Partnerships between a local online outdoor show, area archery shop and businesses, along with big brand names, helped raise more than $850 for the Pink Arrow Project – through a first-time event called Aim For a Cure.

The collaboration began when Tyler Beaver, founder of online outdoor show “Droppin’ Em,” met Mary Hale, founder and CEO of the Pink Arrow Project, while in Alabama at an Archery Shooters Association event. Beaver was helping the Sportsmen Channel film a segment on Hale.

When he heard Hale’s story and learned about Pink Arrow Project, he and his crew at “Droppin’ Em” wanted to help.

“It’s a great way to help. Everyone knows someone with cancer,” he said.

The show has a surprisingly large local following and Beaver, of Jersey Shore, said he figured it would be a perfect way to help out, get the fans involved with the community and raise awareness.

“This helps to get everyone to know what (Pink Arrow) is and get it in the area,” he said.

“They invited me. This was his idea and it sounded wonderful. I haven’t done one like this before, inside an archery business,” Hale said.

The event was held June 15 at Drop Tine Archery on South Route 44.

Shooters could come into the indoor ranges, go to the paper range, get some practice in and then go to the 3D target field shoot for their required shots and then over to the techno hunt, which was via video.

The teams shooting then took their cumulative scores and the top team received a trophy and the title of 2013 Aim For A Cure champion. The second-place team also won a trophy.

Rolling out the door with the title and first place were Brock Hebel and Dave Kennedy. Mike McCollum and Josh Moore took second.

In addition to the indoor targets, there was one other shot. Outside the shop, at an undetermined distance, was a 3D elk laying down. Shooters took their best shot and the winner was determined by who was the closest to the kill shot.

Raffles were held during the event, and products were sold to help the Pink Arrow Project. Door prizes were drawn throughout the day and other raffles, which had ticket items in the $200-plus range, were given away.

More than 50 archers participated.

“I know next year there are more companies that want to be involved,” Beaver said. “This isn’t just going to be a one-time deal; this is going to happen.”

He said Renee and Nate Earnest, co-owners and pro-staff at Drop Tine,

helped him out tremendously by getting the event together, grabbing sponsors and helping to organize it.

“It is great to do an event that supports a good cause and the community as a whole. It gives our customers a chance to come and support it,” said David Strayer, co-owner and operator of Drop Tine Archery.

“It’s always interesting to find hunters, in general, whether archery or (rifle) hunting. They always come out and support a good cause,” Strayer added. “I always find that unique.”