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Foundation Clay Shoot nets nearly $10,000 for mini grants
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Ellinwoods Eileen Duryee shoots at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, Russell, during the Fourth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, held April 17. Duryee has won the event in the female division three out of four years. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

It didn’t take a record number of shooters this year to raise a record amount of net proceeds for the Fourth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, held April 17 at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, Russell. Barton Community College’s Foundation raised net proceeds of $9,864, bolstered by a larger number of sponsorships for this year’s event compared to previous years. This year’s event attracted 146 shooters, 14 fewer than last year’s record turnout, but this year’s event netted nearly $730 more than a year ago.

"Our sponsors make the biggest difference for this event; without them, we wouldn’t have near the success that we do," said Darnell Holopirek, Barton’s executive director of Institutional Advancement.

All proceeds from the shoot go toward Barton faculty mini grants in the fall. Mini grants allow faculty to make special purchases toward projects that enhance learning experiences of Barton students.

Winners of this year’s shoot were: Top Male Shooter - Mark Nollette; Top Female Shooter - Eileen Duryee; and Top Youth Shooter - Daniel Braun. The adult winners each receive a Model 870 Remington Shotgun. Braun received a trophy and a $200 gift certificate from Wal-Mart. Top Adult Team - Mark Nollette, Robert Ring and Duane Shepherd; Top Youth Team - John Allen, Ryan Kohman and Thomas Thill. Complete results are located at, then select "Fundraising Events" on the left side of the page.