Shooting match raises $3,300 for Hunters Helping the Hungry
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Hunters Helping the Hungry, a nonprofit organization founded by two Hunterdon men, reports two successful fundraising events in May — a clay-bird shoot in Coplay, Pa., that netted more than $3,300 and a striper-fishing trip that pulled in more than $1,000.
HHH is a statewide organization, but most of its trustees are from Hunterdon. It invites hunters to donate their deer, which are butchered and the meat is distributed to the needy via organizations such as NORWESCAP and Catholic Charities. A hunter donating a carcass also donates $10 toward butchering, but even at discounted prices, it costs $65 to cut up a deer. So HHH relies on donations and fundraising events.
HHH trustee Mark Charbonneau of Clinton Township said, fellow trustee “Joe Schultz and I made a point during introductions at both of our events to let all of those participating understand that although HHH has a board of trustees, those who participate in our program by donating deer, support financially or participate in our events are all part of a powerful team.”
The May 6 clay-bird shoot drew representation from the Hunterdon Hills Friends of NRA Chapter, New Jersey Federation of Sportman’s Clubs, Croton Rod and Gun Club, Editor Chris Lido from the Fisherman Magazine and Gals Gone Gun. The North American Hunting Club 2011 Mentor of the Year John Clites showed up from western Pennsylvania bringing a foursome with him.
“Support from local retailers such as Sportsman’s Rendezvous in Raritan Township, the Heritage Guild in Branchburg and even Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa., remains to be a constant, proving that they are ready to make an investment in HHH with a goal of assisting those not as fortunate as most in our state,” said Charbonneau. “The decision makers of these companies recognize what we are doing and are ready to help.”
He reports that almost 800 deer were donated last season and that yielded almost 30,000 pounds of venison. “In other words, almost 120,000 servings of a low-fat, high-protein, renewable resource made its way to the dinner tables of families in need thanks to the dedication of so many people in our state.”
The next HHH clay-bird shoot will take place at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay on Sept. 30. Check the website huntershelpingthehungry.org in the coming months for registration instructions or call Charbonneau at 908-447-8470 to sign up.