Sheriffs to host a fundraiser for Youth Firearms-Safety Education

VELPEN – Three successful Indiana businesses – Elevatus Architecture, Garmong Construction Services, and OFS – are joining ranks with sheriffs and deputies statewide in hosting a Sept. 23 sporting clay tournament here to benefit the Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for future law enforcement officers, at-risk kids, young witnesses and victims of crime. 

Former Marion County Sheriff John Layton

“Proceeds from our 4th Annual Sheriffs’ Shotgun Shoot will go toward the further development and continued operation of our new Indiana Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for students statewide,” said former Marion County Sheriff John Layton, ISYR board president. “Part of our academies’ curriculum focuses on safe firearm storage and safe hunting. We are grateful for a growing list of supporters who are stepping forward to support our mission to make Hoosier teens and hometowns safer.” 

Layton said local law enforcement executives and officers are excited to team up with Elevatus of Fort Wayne; Garmong of Evansville, Indianapolis and Terre Haute; and OFS of Huntingburg for the popular firearms safety fundraiser, hosted each year at OFS’ Cool Springs Education Center located between Huntingburg and Jasper. 

The tax-deductible donation of a $125 Per Sporting Clay Shooter or $750 Six-Person Team or $250 Station Sponsors will register you for the event.

The event includes the use of Cool Springs’ world-class sporting clay course, morning and afternoon safety briefings for participants, 12- and 20-gauge steel shot ammunition, sporting clay targets, a catered lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Each year’s popular Sheriffs’ Shotgun Shoot sells out early, Layton said. He suggested law enforcement agencies, fire departments, veterans’ organizations, and sporting goods stores, and shooting clubs register now for morning and afternoon six-person teams and station sponsorships. Female and student participants and teams are encouraged, he added. 

Trophies are presented to top teams and team members, as well highest individual scorers, Layton said.
For more information on sponsoring or participating in the Sheriffs’ Shotgun Shoot or to donate toward youth firearms-safety education materials, please call 317-460-4242, email ScottMinier@yahoo.com or write to ISYR, 5325 N. State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834.  

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