They say that timing is everything, and for Group Leader Bobbi W. and her travelers, a little bit of good timing turned into a big fundraising boost for their student tour to Washington, D.C.
Every year, the U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship brings hundreds of people together for a chance to participate and to watch the competitors do what they do best—shoot clay targets! The event takes place in a different location every year, and it just so happened that the 2014 competition was held in Columbus, Kansas, just under a six-hour road trip east for Bobbi’s group.
When Bobbi and her students heard the championship was coming to town, they didn’t waste any time. The event needed 150 referees to keep things running smoothly, and Bobbi’s hard-working travelers landed one-third of the spots!
Once everyone who was interested signed up, the work and fun times began. The travelers started out with training sessions to learn what it took to be an official referee. When the training was complete, the fans started pouring in and the students were ready to put their new skills to the test!
They refereed for six days, with only a couple of weather interruptions here and there. And they did more than just referee; they also sold ice cream, jerky and other snacks to further bulk up their fundraising totals. Stepping up to the plate (or the range in this case), the group was able to sell all the ice cream they had—more than 130 gallons! Talk about a brain freeze.
As the students banded together to make their student tour a reality, they got some nice shout-outs for their quality of work. Take it from one of the event attendees:
“And more praise for the kids from Fowler… They obviously were well trained, had paid attention during their training, and then put it into practice during the tournament. It was an absolute pleasure to have them reffing.”
When all was said and done, these travelers were able to raise more than $20,000 for their upcoming Washington, D.C. student tour! Incredible!
There’s no doubt that this fundraiser was a huge success, and we can’t wait to see how much fun the students have when it comes time to hit the road again, next time for our nation’s capital!
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