When Service Meets Sporting Clays

Shotgun shells and sunblock aren’t the average things that spring to mind when you picture a service project. Then again, Truckstop.com isn’t your average company. So when Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho (RMHC) recently asked if the Truckstop.com team would volunteer for their annual Idaho Sporting Clays Tournament, we said: “Pull.”

Started in 2004 and held each year the Friday and Saturday following Memorial Day, the fundraising event helps keep the Idaho Ronald McDonald House a safe, welcoming place to stay for families when they travel far from home for their child’s medical treatment. Western States CAT has been the title sponsor since the second year and Black Dog Clays has partnered with RMHC for the location since day one.

“This is one of our most popular annual events, drawing over 300 participants this year alone,” said Ellie Pharis, Development Director of RMHC.

“In the 14 years we’ve held it, nearly $700,000 has been raised to support RMHC of Idaho and keep families close to each other and the medical care their children need.”

So, on a warm Friday afternoon, a couple dozen Truckstop.com partners lathered on the sunscreen, attended a safety course, and put in our earplugs. The main event was a 14-station, 100-bird course, where squads of six shooters rotated through a variety of “true pair” and “report pair” stations. In addition to helping with parking, participant check-in, and serving lunch, Truckstop.com volunteers acted as pullers (via a nifty wireless remote), kept score, and called out hits and misses. (Although I was informed, a few squads late, the correct terminology is “dead” and “lost.”)

“We were honored to have Truckstop.com as a partner,” Pharis said. “We rely on more than 100 volunteers every year for this event so it was wonderful to have you all. We hope you’ll join us again next year.”

Truckstop.com partners seemed eager for another afternoon in the sun.

“It was a great event to be a part of. I’m a big believer in RMHC’s work,” said Jeremy Feucht, Truckstop.com’s Regulatory Affairs Analyst.

“My head got a little pink through the mesh on my hat, but I’d volunteer again in a minute.”

To learn about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho or get involved with their important work, visit their site.

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