Event aids vets


VERNON CENTER — On Sunday, May 19, Vernon National Shooting Preserve, 3291 Burns Road, Vernon Center, and the Clear Path for Veterans will partner to hold the VNSP 11th annual Veterans’ Benefit 100-bird Sporting Clays tournament.

Over the past 10 years this benefit has made donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Fort Drum therapy pool, and the Rome Veterans Center, Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center of Utica, and Utica and Syracuse Feed our Vets Programs, officials said.

Last year was the first year that VNSP had teamed up with Clear Path for Vets for this event.

Vernon National Shooting Preserve has made it a priority to keep the proceeds of this benefit locally and with that purpose, chose Clear Path as this year’s recipient again.

Clear Path is an all-inclusive community-based resource center that connects service members and their families to the resources they need. 

The tournament is both fun and competitive and had over 100 shooters last year. Participants shot a 100 bird round on Vernon National’s fully automated, 16 station sporting clays course. The targets ranged in difficulty and challenged the novice and the experienced shooter alike.

The day is topped off with a BBQ, raffles and trophies for class winners in seven different classes.  

In 2018 the event raised $6,500 for Clear Path with proceeds from the event, donations at the event and sponsorships. 

This and last year’s event sponsor was Pinnacle Employee Services based in Syracuse, NY. Pinnacle provided funding for the event and also sponsored a veteran for participating in the event. Pinnacle Employee Services, Central New York’s premiere payroll and human resource solution -Pinnacle Employee Services is a labor cost management firm that works in the areas of: Payroll, Benefits, WC admin and HR compliance. www.pinnacleemployeeservices.com

Gold sponsor, BPAS, sponsored over 30 shooters for the event and has contributed to the event for the past 10 years. BPAS is a national provider of retirement plan and fund administration, transfer agency, collective investment fund, and other institutional trust services. www.bpas.com


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