By Chris Jennings
The Nashville Ducks Unlimited chapter hosted a corporate sporting clays shooting event recently at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex, pitting local and regional businesses against each other for a fun day on the sporting clays course. Local businesses, Ingram Industries and First Bank, helped organize the event and solicited their business contacts to generate the 18-team field. The event was a success and will be listed as a Diamond 75th anniversary event
, raising more than $200,000 for DU's wetlands conservation efforts.
"This event is the model by which all corporate shooting events
should be set and run," explained Charlie Lowery, DU regional director. "We made it competitive but relaxing, and a fun event. We also realized that these are corporate folks and many have business operations that they needed to get back to. So, as promised, after we got them through the course, we fed them a quality meal and got them back to their busy schedules."
Following the shotgun start, all 18 teams finished the 100-clay course in two hours, leaving plenty of time to socialize and enjoy lunch. Awards were given to teams in three categories—A, AA and AAA—along with individual Top Shot and Top Shot runner-up prizes.
Newly elected Wetlands America Trust board member Jim Ayers is the owner and president of First Bank. Ayers and First Bank are longtime DU supporters and welcomed the opportunity to sponsor the first Nashville DU Corporate Shoot.
"A majority of our senior staff members are waterfowl hunters and we understand the importance of giving back to conservation for the future of waterfowl populations," Ayers said. "This event is one of the ways First Bank can help Ducks Unlimited raise money for conservation. We had a great day and look forward to the next opportunity."
This successful event already has the Nashville DU chapter planning next year's corporate shoot.
"Our sponsors were pleased with the event, and we hope they return next year," Lowery said. "The Tennessee Clay Target Complex did an excellent job, and it is a fabulous facility. Their staff, along with DU volunteers
, ensured that everyone had an enjoyable experience."