There was plenty of shooting action as regional marksmen raised nearly $25,000 during the Fifth Annual Shoot for a Dream event held June 4 at Whitetail Preserve in Conyngham.
For most of the morning and early afternoon, shooters aimed at 100 clay disc targets to raise funds for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. Whitetail Resort, located outside of Hazleton in the Conyngham Valley, also supports and works with children of special needs.
Prizes were awarded at the end of the day for "high over all individual shooter" and to the first, second and third place teams. First, second and third place teams also received individual trophies and the last place team receives a Bragging Rights Award.
The high overall shooter was Terry Steigerwalt who won a shotgun for his marksmanship.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Ed Miller and Larry Richards, of ARRIS Global Communications. Both men decided to start the fundraiser to help these children more than four years ago at a B-Cap shoot.
"It is our way of giving back," said Miller.
Taking first place was the team of Daniel Miller, Mark Mihalko, Erv Veno, Keith Ludwig and Dr. Miller.
Second place team were, Jack Capparell, Jackie Capparell, Mike Labuda, Angelo Tolerico, Jonathon Mensch and Charlie Wayno.
Third place team is Kevin Workman, Bill Beondolillo, Terry Steigerwalt, Rich Michaels and Jay Barnes.
The event wasn't all about shooting. It was a great place for nonshooting participants and wives to meet new people and have fun. Entertainment during dinner was provided by the Dream Come True Chorale.
Special guest at the event was Ariana DiBuo, a second grade student at Franklin Elementary School, whose dream was to attend a Justin Bieber concert at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
Ariana was eligible for a dream because she was born with dark colored nevus (birthmarks) on her back, arms and legs. The biggest threat is that Ariana is at a higher risk of skin cancer.
Sponsors of the event were the Gans family, who own Whitetail Preserve, along with HATS Outdoor Sportsman Support Group.
Whitetail Preserve was established in 1988 by six hunting enthusiasts after they returned from a South Dakota pheasant hunt to recreate the experience they had there by developing a continental style pheasant hunt. The preserve offers field hunts, sporting clays and trap and skeet shooting.
Children who are recipients of dreams from Dream Come True are between the ages of 4 and 17. Dreams may include a trip, meeting a celebrity, a special gift such as a computer, a shopping spree or bedroom.
Dream Come True is a local all volunteer organization which fulfills dreams of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill and reside in the greater Lehigh Valley area. See the Web site at www.dreamcometrue-brc.org