Article from the Jasper Journal 3rd Quarter 2018
Written by: Carrie-Ann Jasper-Yearty
Jasper Ventures sponsored this year’s Early Riser Shoot at the 19th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge, held at Prairie Creek Sporting Clays in Gladewater. As a company, we love to be able to financially support events like this, but watching our employees, family members, friends, and business partners get involved is even more rewarding.
Jasper had seven teams of four shooters each participate in the three-day shoot. They enjoyed a premier course, demonstrated their shooting skills, and shared a delicious meal. One of our teams, led by Jeremy Lightfoot, even won first place in the First Flight at the Early Riser Event.
Jeremy has been shooting competitively for about 12 years now, but his passion for shooting started at the age of four while hunting with his grandfather. Jeremy says he loves shooting because it challenges him in the moment to be completely focused and tuned in to do the best for himself and for his team.
“As followers of Christ, we are called to love people and help when able, and that is what this shoot does – it helps people,” Jeremy said. “We may never meet or know those that are impacted by Buckner, but God knows them and loves them. The money that Buckner raises benefits people in several different ways: through adoption assistance, providing critical services in one of their Family Hope Centers, or helping a single mom strengthen her family through a Family Pathways program. We don’t know how far God can take the money raised at this shoot or how many lives are impacted or changed.”
In addition to those that participated, several Jasper volunteers generously gave of their time scoring, throwing clays for shooters, and delivering water to shooters and volunteers. This was Susan Taylor’s second year to volunteer for the event; she served two of the three days.
When asked why she returned for another year, she said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to our community and serve others since we have been so blessed. I enjoy delivering refreshments to encourage and energize both the shooters and volunteers on a hot day.”
The estimated $210,000 raised from this event benefits Buckner foster care and adoption, senior living ministries, Family Hope Centers, and Buckner Family Pathways, all right here in East Texas.
We are grateful to work with such amazing employees who selflessly give of their time, talents, and resources to support organizations like Buckner. Because when families are strengthened, so is our community.
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