Shooting for a good cause

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette
Steve Webster, of the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry team, shoots an airborne clay disc or pigeon at the third annual Shootout Saturday, a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. held by the Larry's Creek Fish and Game, Little Harbor and Lost Eight clubs. This is the first year the event was open to the public, and more than 20 teams of five shooters participated.

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette Steve Webster, of the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry team, shoots an airborne clay disc or pigeon at the third annual Shootout Saturday, a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. held by the Larry's Creek Fish and Game, Little Harbor and Lost Eight clubs. This is the first year the event was open to the public, and more than 20 teams of five shooters participated.

SALLADASBURG — About three years ago, Larry’s Creek Game and Fish Club member Dan Roupp came up with the idea of a shooting contest as a way of building fellowship among his group and neighboring camps Little Harbor and Lost Eight Hunting Clubs. In 2015, nine teams competed in the first Shootout at Larry’s Creek for honors and bragging rights among the three camps north of Salladasburg.

Now an annual event, The Shootout has grown to include other teams, including those sponsored by area businesses. On Saturday, the Little Harbor and Lost Eight camps played host to 100 shooters as 20 teams competed in pistol, rifle and sporting clays events to raise money for Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc.

“This event has helped build a great friendship between the three clubs,” said Bryan Bower, President of Lost Eight Hunting Club. “But most important, it’s about the cause.”

Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. is an all-volunteer statewide non-profit organization providing support to wounded veterans and their families. They’re not affiliated with the national Wounded Warrior Project nor do they receive any funding from them, according to Gordon Weith, vice president of the organization.

“Ninety-five cents of every dollar donated goes toward assisting a Pennsylvania veteran,” said Weith, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who was on hand for Saturday’s competition. In 2016 the group provided over 1.2 million dollars in assistance for housing, home repair, utilities and other needs.

As for The Shootout, the sponsoring camps are proud of the help their event provides to area veterans. “This is months in the planning, and it’s thanks to our members and their families,” said Bryan Bower.

“It’s about giving back. It’s because of our veterans that we have the freedom to do something like this,” he added.

“This event wouldn’t be what it is today without Dan Roupp,” said Bob Notz, president of Larry’s Creek Fish and Game Club. Roupp was quick to give credit to others. “There are a lot of people who work hard to make this happen,” said Roupp. To date, The Shootout has raised almost $50,000 according to Roupp. In addition to entry fees, funds are raised through corporate sponsors as well as raffles and auction items.

“We get a great response from area businesses,” added Roupp. “But we can always use more.” He encouraged any businesses interested in helping with contributions to contact Jim Rupert at 570-916-1831.

Matt Hallman from the Bottle Run Hunting Club took top individual honors this year. Hallman is from the Finger Lakes region of New York and has competed in all three Shootouts.

“This is a great event,” Hallman said. The Lost Eight Hunting Club won The Shootout Trophy among competing camps, and West Pharmaceuticals Team C placed first in the Business Group category.

Amanda Kennedy, of Montoursville, was competing in her second shootout as a member of the Alta Resources team.

“I love it,” Kennedy said. “It’s a great time for a great cause.”

Anyone interested in learning more about Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. can go to their website: www.pawoundedwarriors.org

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