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Clays to End Hunger raises funds to feed families

First-time event held at Lakeshore Conservation Club in partnership with The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes in Nisswa

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From left are top shooters in the Clays to End Hunger event: Brad Bible, Becker, second; Dan Knudsen, Oak Grove, first; and Cooper Johnson, Pequot Lakes, third. Contributed Photo

The Lakeshore Conservation Club and The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes partnered to host Clays to End Hunger, a trap shooting event held Aug. 7-8 at the conservation club.

Profits will go to feed families through the work at The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes in Nisswa.

Lakeshore Conservation Club President David Grell and Outreach Executive Director Shawn Hansen developed this concept last fall. Overall, 51 competitors from around the state competed for cash prizes totaling $13,300. There were four classes of competition: overall, seniors ages 65 and older, youth ages 17 and under, and female.

Taking home top payouts were Dan Knudsen, Oak Grove, $2,500, in the overall category; Maddie Pettit, Pequot Lakes, $750, in the female category; Andy Grell, Pillager, $750, in the youth category; and Robert Smith, Cedar, $750, in the senior category.

“The event was great. It was good shooting weather, it was a good competitive field of participants, and we raised some great money for three local nonprofits that worked together on this event: Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes, Lakeshore Conservation Club, and Mount Ski Gull," Grell said.

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Hansen said: "With the proceeds from this event, we will be able to purchase our next truckload of ingredients. At only 30 cents per meal, events like Clays to End Hunger allow us to continue our mission of feeding families here in Minnesota. We are grateful to this partnership and excited to have a new fundraising event for the charity."

The event is scheduled for Aug. 6-7, 2022. For more details on how to get involved with this event, visit www.claystoendhunger.com.

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