The second annual Fred Bear Sportsman¹s Club Shoot for the Hungry archery fun-shoots, held at Bass Pro Shops® locations in Harrisburg, Nashville, Clarksville and Charlotte over four weekends this summer, have raised a record $33,800 or enough to process some 135,000 venison meals to feed local individuals and families in need. By comparison, the inaugural event last year raised $4,000 providing 16,000 meals.
In addition to raising money to process the venison that will be donated this hunting season by local hunters feeding the hungry organizations, dozens of prizes were also given away at each location, including a grand prize Bear® Archery Code compound bow.
Local hunters feeding the hungry organizations participating in the Fred Bear Sportsman¹s Club events were North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry, West Rowan Bowhunters Association, Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Tennessee Hunter¹s for the Hungry and Madison County, Indiana Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
"Through these programs, hunters and deer processors fight hunger by providing properly prepared venison to food banks and soup kitchens." said Scott Alread, Archery Product Manager for Bear® Archery. "Created to promote archery and bowhunting as a family-oriented sport, The Fred Bear Sportsman¹s Club is also about giving back to the community through programs such as Shoot for the Hungry. Bass Pro Shops® has been a great and caring partner in making these events a success."
Donated venison provides families a high-protein, low-fat supplement vital to a healthy diet. Also, venison donated to soup kitchens lowers food costs and puts more meat on the table at a critical time of the year.
"We are proud to help support this great event that helps feed those in need." stated Bass Pro Shops® spokesman Larry Whiteley. "We also salute the individual shooters that make this all happen."
Bear® Archery manufactures and distributes the Bear® Archery, Jennings® Archery, Satellite Archery and Carolina Archery Product brands.
For more information about Bear® Archery, contact Larry Gajderowicz, marketing manager, 817 Maxwell Avenue, Evansville, Indiana, 47711, 812-467-1200 or go to Fred Bear Outdoors.
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