"The Benelli USA Invitational Shoot is crucial to our ability to honor more of our nation's finest. The suicide rate among veterans is far too high," Freedom Hunters Founder Anthony Pace said. "Sharing our outdoor traditions with these heroes heals wounds modern medicine cannot."
The event was held at The Point at Pintail, a Queenstown, Md., based waterfront retreat. The farm and its amenities are available to be booked for large gatherings, sporting clay shoots, fishing trips, hunts and more.
Eastern Sales Manager Tony Morrison served as the captain of the NRA Publications team, which featured American Rifleman's Editor in Chief Mark Keefe and Senior Executive Editor, Digital Ann Smith, as well as American Hunter's Web Managing Editor (and your author), Shawn Skipper.
Entrants were encouraged to join in on the post-shoot raffle, which offered opportunities to win packages like the one pictured here, which include a Benelli Vinci shotgun. As with the event itself, proceeds went straight to Freedom Hunters.
When you're offered a chance to bust some clays and raise money for a great cause while doing so, you don't say no. It was with that in mind that four members of the NRA Publications department ventured to Queenstown, Md., on Sept. 11, 2015, for the inaugural Benelli Invitational. The event—a sporting clays tournament—brought novice and expert scattergun shooters alike to Maryland's Eastern Shore to raise money for Freedom Hunters, an organization dedicated to taking select active duty and combat veterans hunting and fishing.
And so, Tony Morrison, Mark Keefe, Ann Smith and Shawn Skipper settled on their shotguns of choice and prepared to put the hurt on some clay. Get an inside look at the event with the gallery provided above.