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TC Hospice Foundation Charity Sporting Clay Shoot

Article and Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

A sold-out pool of contestants that included a mix of avid marksmen and markswomen, recreational shooters, and a few novices converged recently on the OK Corral in Okeechobee to test their skill and support the mission of Treasure Coast Hospice. The event raised more than $80,000 for hospice care.

As a community organization that cared for and continues to care for many families, friends, and neighbors of the days' participants and sponsors, Treasure Coast Hospice is grateful for the enthusiastic turnout and support of the two-day event. 

“We are thankful to the committee and the community’s continued support of this event, which has grown to become one of our flagship fundraisers,” said Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships Agnes Palmer. “Many of our participants and sponsors have had loved ones cared for by Treasure Coast Hospice. They understand the importance of compassionate hospice and grief support programs and want to ensure these services are available to other families in our community.”

COVID-19 resulted in several changes to this year's event, including a grab-and-go breakfast, expanded outside seating, hand sanitizer stations, and specially designed masks with the event’s logo.

Teams visited 16 shooting stations where they aimed at flying clay disks. The skyward propulsion of each disk simulates the flight trajectory of a game bird.  Blasting apart clays scores points that determine the team and individual winners. 

The highest scoring team was comprised of Bruce Armstrong, Jim St. Claire, Trace Scuderi, who was also the highest youth scorer, and Sam Hayden Kaplan, the second highest scorer overall.  The second place team was sponsored by Tom Moschitta; the third place team was from Blackwater Creek Ranch. The highest scoring lady was Laurie Partlo. The third place winner overall was Robert Pegg, and the highest overall scorer was Brain Palmer with a perfect score of 100.

Adding to the thrill, those skilled enough to shoot down the 'green bird' disc received entry into a 50/50 raffle.  Another opportunity to test the competitors' level of marksmanship involved shooting at a clay with a revolver - not an easy task.

A multitude of raffle items and specially selected rifles, shotguns, and handguns helped raise additional funds.  Adding to the excitement, a live auction of a signed bottle of Horse Soldier Bourbon brought the crowd to attention and raised an additional $1,600. A veteran-owned and inspired company, Horse Soldier representatives Merrick Maribella and John Lloyd were on hand to share their story and participate in the day's camaraderie.

This year's event sponsors include Title Sponsor Feiertag Financial Group, Bray Realty Advisors, Remnant Construction, Wilmington Trust, Velcon Engineering, Seacoast Bank, Crary-Buchanan Attorneys-at-Law, HBK CPAs & Consultants, HBKS Wealth Advisors, Fox McCluskey, Gerelco, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department, Tubito Painting of South Florida, Local IQ, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, and Treasure Coast Business Summit (TCBS.) 

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