Return The Favor: Navy SEAL fundraiser

The United States Navy SEALs are some of the toughest guys around, but even they need help from time to time. Whether it be support services when they return home or extra assistance for their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation is there.

Now’s your chance to pitch in, and test your shooting skills while you’re at it.

The 4th annual Sporting Clay Fundraiser is coming up this month. Brian Kimball came up with the idea.

It all started five years ago when he adopted a dog. It turns out his new friend’s previous owner was a fallen Navy SEAL. That’s when Kimball decided he should do something to give back.

After doing some research, he came across the Navy SEAL Foundation and realized he could be of use. He organized the clay shoot. It turned out to be a real smash.

He raised $30,000 over the past three years, and he hopes to keep that success going this year. All the proceeds go to the foundation which helps SEALs get back on their feet when they return to civilian life. It also offers assistance to the families of those SEALs who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

“What they do is support the families of the fallen Navy SEALs,” Kimball said, “They provide educational support for the children and wives, they provide tragedy assistance, they also have some other programs that involve camps for kids to go to after losing their fathers in war.”

If you want to take part in the sporting clay shoot, come out to the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club in Dauphin County on Saturday, April 23 at 8 a.m. The cost is $60. There will be door prizes and a silent auction, including an autographed book from Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.

Kimball hopes to raise $10,000 to $15,000 this year for the Navy SEAL Foundation. For more information, go to http://www.navysealfoundation.org/

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