'Our way of giving back'
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Steigerwalt of Coaldale, center, was the top shooter in the Shoot For a Dream clay shooting event. Left is Dr. Edward Miller, and right, Larry Richards, who coordinated the event.
The weather was hot and the 33 shooters were sizzling for the Fourth Annual Shoot for a Dream event held June 5 at Whitetail Preserve in Conyngham.
The shooters spent most of the morning and early afternoon shooting at little discs of clay to raise $21,120 for Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.
The high overall shooter was Jason Steigerwalt of Coaldale, who won a shotgun for his marksmanship.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Ed Miller and Larry Richards, of ARRIS Global Communications.
Dr. Miller has a practice in internal medicine at Franklin Medical Center, Franklin Township.
More than four years ago at a B-Cap shoot, Richards and Miller decided to start the fundraiser to help these children.
"It is our way of giving back" said Miller. "Of course none of this would be possible if it was not for friends like you."
Team taking first place for the fourth year was Dr. Miller, Daniel Miller, Allen Minnic, Glenn Freed and Carl Forester.
Finishing second was the Service Electric Cable TV team of Damian Joy, Mikela Buda, Charles Wayno, Jackie Capparel and Jack Capparel.
Placing third was the ARRIS Global Communications team of Larry Richards, Zoran Maricevie, Tim Stone, Angelo Tolerico and Scott Pincombe.
The event wasn't all about shooting. It was a great place for nonshooting participants and wives to meet new people and have fun. The nonshooting members enjoyed a cooking demonstration by Chef Lou Giovanni. Entertainment during dinner was provided by the Dream Come True Chorale.
Special guests at the event were Sean Miller of Bowmanstown, who was a recipient of a dream trip to Florida attractions by Dream Come True; and Laura Vino, who donated part of her liver for her niece, Kendra, who was also at the event.
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.
Whitetail Resort is located outside of Hazleton, in the Conyngham Valley. It also supports and works with children of special needs.
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.
"It was a successful shoot this year with more participants than ever," said Dr. Miller. "It's great to see everyone get involved to make Dreams come true for the children with terminal or depilating illnesses. Everyone had a great time renewing old friendships and the wonderful feeling that comes with the knowledge that they were helping to make dreams come true for these children."