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3rd Annual AIA Richmond Sporting Clays Challenge

The 3rd Annual AIA Richmond Sporting Clays Challenge was held on May 24th at Old Forge Sporting Clays in Providence Forge. Fifty-two shooters were on the roster and the weather could not have been better! The format for the event provided all AIA Members, Allied Members, and industry partners the opportunity for some much-needed networking and fellowship.

This event helps fund AIA Richmond’s K-12 Program and provides funds for the AIA Richmond Scholarship fund. To date, we raised $2,500 for those two endeavors. 

The shooters teamed up after a safety briefing by Jim Snowa and proceeded to shoot 100 clays in three types of scenarios: 5 stand, Wobble, and 8 Sporting Clays stations. The competitors were shooting for prizes, gift cards and trophies (and bragging rights). This year the Experts were separated from the Novices into 4 classes in which the winners were as follows:

A Class — Hunter Napier

B Class — Willie Harris, AIA

C Class — Charlie Kreye

D Class — Ian Smith

Winners of each class received a $25 Green Top gift card, 2 boxes of shells, and a hand-turned walnut “sporting clay bird.”

As an extra incentive, we also featured a prize table. Funded by sponsors, each participant put their score card in a drawing for valuable prizes. Prizes ranged from a half-day hunt at a game preserve, gift cards, top shelf bourbon and wine, free rounds of sporting clays and gift certificates for personal instruction at Old Forge. Every participant left with a prize from the table.

We would like to thank our SPONSORS. We could not raise these funds without their generous support:

AIA Annual Bronze Sponsor:  Azek

Hydration Cart: Dunlap Partners & W. M. Jordan Company

Prize Table: Quinn Evans Architects, Lighting Enterprises, Old Forge Sporting Clays & George Hensley  

Mask Sponsor: Kahler Slater

Traps: Pace Collaborative, Nichiha, Keystone, Poole & Poole Architecture, & Lighting Enterprises

Lunch:  Draper Aden Associates & Rockfon

For his help and work for the event, Jim Snowa was recognized with a special walnut bird by the committee. He has worked with the group from inception and his willingness to provide the safety briefing and be the Range Safety Officer is invaluable. We appreciate his expertise!

Save the date, May 23, 2022, The 4th Annual AIA Richmond Sporting Clays Challenge! See you there!

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