Benelli USA Invitational Raises $55,000 for Freedom Hunters

Proceeds from sporting clays event to fund hunting, fishing opportunities for soldiers 

The third annual Benelli USA Invitational Shoot drew 152 shooters from within the outdoor industry and across the region to raise more than $55,000 for Freedom Hunters to support outdoor opportunities for active duty and combat veterans.

The Benelli USA Invitational Shoot took place on Friday, September 15 at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland. Attendees included active duty military personnel, veterans; Freedom Hunters participants from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other shotgunners from the region who competed in a sporting clays shoot. Following the shoot competitors enjoyed lunch and participated in a silent auction and raffle, whose proceeds also went to Freedom Hunters.

At the conclusion of the event, Benelli USA Executive Team General Manager Tom DeBolt, Chief Financial Officer Phyllis Blacknall-Jones, and Vice President of Brand Marketing Tim Joseph presented a check for $55,000 raised from monetary donations, silent auction bids, and the raffle to Freedom Hunters.

“Benelli USA is proud to partner with Freedom Hunters to take active duty and wounded service members out hunting and fishing,” said Benelli USA General Manager Tom Debolt.  “We are passionate about the outdoors and understand the importance of giving back to the men and women who serve our country. I’m proud of the effort our team members made this year to raise a record amount of funds to support this worthy cause”

Freedom Hunters is a military outreach program whose mission is to convey the outdoor community’s appreciation for the dedication of and sacrifices made by the men and women of the Armed Forces. Through the support of numerous groups and companies, including Benelli USA, Freedom Hunters arranges outdoor adventures and opportunities for active duty and combat veterans, as well as families of fallen heroes and children of deployed. To learn more about Freedom Hunters, click here.

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