Sonoma- Marin YF&R Clay Shoot Fundraiser Hits the Mark
By Andrea Krout
On Saturday September 13th, shotgun enthusiasts gathered to participate in the First Annual Sonoma- Marin YF&R Clay Shoot. The group of shooters came together at 9 a.m. at the Wing and Barrel Ranch, a 500 acre property in southeast Sonoma County that features spectacular views of the Sonoma Mountains and hay fields farmed by Sears Point Farming Company.
YF&R leadership decided early in the calendar year that they wanted to organize a fundraising event different from other fundraisers in Sonoma and Marin Counties. The group wanted to introduce a new audience to the Farm Bureau. “This event contributed significantly to the Sonoma-Marin YF&R cause,” said Taylor Serres, YF&R Chair and Co-Chair of the First Annual Shoot. “The funds generated from this event will help our organization build the capacity to serve more agricultural students annually through our scholarship foundation. The money raised will also help our current YF&R members take advantage of educational opportunities and leadership conferences.”
The event was generously sponsored by Wing and Barrel Ranch, American Ag Credit, Remington, Benovia Winery, Sears Point Farming, Serres Corporation and Valley View Dairy. The Santa Rosa Junior College Agriculture Ambassadors also donated their time and assisted as score keepers throughout the shoot.
Thanks to the event sponsors the participants were awarded exceptional prizes. Top shot winner, Jake Smith from Modesto, Calif. took home a Remington Versa Max shotgun for his score of 84 points and tie-breaker victory. Second high individual, Robert Alkire, took home the beautiful hand crafted Legacy Collections buckle for his impressive score of 84 points. Third place and a case of Remington 12-gauge shells went to Johnny Smith of Modesto, Calif. Fourth place was taken home by Sonoma’s Buck Serres, fifth place went to Mark Zeller and the top lady shooter was awarded to Ashley Baker, with an impressive score of 71. All three shooters won ear protection, eye protection and a box of shells for their performances.
Pastries and a delicious lunch were provided by the YF&R BBQ Committee. Matthew Stornetta, Mark Swallow, Kate and Kelly Camozzi, cooked 71 pounds of pork and made a variety of other fixings to feed the hungry shooters. While shooters dined, the awards were given out and the raffle prize awards were distributed. The raffle included a hand gun donated by Remington and Wing and Barrel Ranch, a signed football donated by the San Francisco 49ers, wine, and Lagunitas beer and tasting for 10.
Event co-chair Grant Ermis shared his enthusiasm for the second annual shoot already scheduled for May 2015. “At this event it was great to see so many new faces and families that have not participated previously in our organization’s events. We had talented shooters, not only from Sonoma and Marin Counties, but from the Central Valley, that joined us in supporting our mission to raise money for advanced agriculture education. The First Annual Sporting Clay Shoot was a great way to introduce new people to our area and the YF&R Scholarship Foundation. We already have plans in the works for next May, which will include a new 80 acre sporting clay course at Wing and Barrel Ranch,” Ermis said.
The First Annual Clay Shoot was a successful and fun day for all involved. If anyone is interested in participating in the May 2015 Sonoma- Marin YF&R shoot or if you are interested in attending future YF&R events or meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.