Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Roofers Twin Cities Shoot Raises $179K+ for Conservation
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) 11th Annual Roofers Twin Cities Sporting Clays Shoot held on September 11 at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake, Minn., smashed its previous fundraising and participation records while uniting 12 union trades and dozens of partners for conservation.
The Roofers Twin Cities Sporting Clays Shoot is continually the USA’s largest shooting event, but this year’s event raised the bar further by establishing a new all-time USA shoot attendance record of 248.
“It takes a village to run an event like this,” said Roofers Local 96 Business Manager Mark Conroy, who helps organize the shoot, “and seeing all the building trades and partners there to have fun and raise money for conservation gave me a real sense of solidarity. We have many return shooters, but this year’s event also brought in new participants, including youths. Judging by the smiles on the kid’s faces, they will be a part of the returning shooters group next year.”
The event also set an all-time USA record of $20,130 for day-of fundraising and raised a total of $179,420—more than $17,000 higher than the event’s previous record set in 2019. Launched in 2009, USA shoots help unite the union community through friendly competition and fellowship while raising funds to support USA conservation infrastructure projects and outreach events.
“My hat is off to Roofers Local 96 and the unions of Minnesota for holding a fantastic shoot that demonstrated what is possible when so many union locals and partners come together in solidarity,” said United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International President Kinsey Robinson. “Events like this raise funds and build support for local conservation projects and outreach events like Get Youth Outdoors Day that engage youths in outdoor activities and develop a new generation of conservationists.”
USA Executive Director and CEO Scott Vance was equally proud of local engagement for the shoot. “I was extremely pleased with the massive level of support and turnout we received for this event,” he said. “We were able to provide a safe, fun experience for union locals, partners and friends of labor while creating lasting relationships, partnerships and opportunities to work more closely together. I want to express my gratitude to President Kinsey Robinson and the Roofers International for making the 11th year of this event the biggest one yet.”