The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 7th Annual AFL-CIO Capital Area Sporting Clays Shoot held on May 29 at The Point at Pintail in Queesntown, Maryland, broke the all-time fundraising record for USA shoots by raising more than $147,000 to support the USA’s conservation mission. It also broke the USA’s all-time participation record with 235 attendees, including 204 shooters. This number includes 14 female shooters – also a record. There was also a team of four Wounded Warriors and a team of five active-duty Marines, who received quite the patriotic ovation.
As title sponsor, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and its leadership play a significant role in the event’s continued growth by fostering participation among the nation’s unions, securing additional sponsors and encouraging them to donate shooting spots to wounded veterans or active-duty service members.
“I’d like to thank all of our sponsors, especially the AFL-CIO and President (Richard L.) Trumka, for their continued support in making this year’s event the biggest and most successful in our organization’s history,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “It’s strong partnerships like these that help us build bridges, not only for unions and their members, but also for unions and the communities around them.”
Bank of Labor also supported the event by underwriting the shoot’s commemorative gift, and Union Insurance Group donated a new Polaris Ranger vehicle for the USA to use at its shooting tour events.
The USA’s nationwide shooting tour will bring the union community together at more than 21 sporting clays and trap shoots across the country while raising funds to support the USA’s mission to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.