Federal Premium proudly partners with the Kids & Clays Foundation to help children win the fight of their lives.
A coalition of shooting sports companies including Federal Premium Ammunition is supporting the Kids & Clays Foundation’s mission to help critically ill children and their families win the fight of their lives.
“Plain and simple, our sole purpose is to help fund Ronald McDonald Houses through shooting events,” explains Kids & Clays executive director Doug Jeanneret.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” for families of children battling cancer and other life-threatening health conditions while the youngsters are receiving treatment.
“These houses are either located near or within the hospitals,” says Jeanneret. “They give families a place to stay as long as needed at nominal or zero charge. They also provide meals and as many comforts of home as possible.”
“FAMILIES ARE STRONGER TOGETHER. IT’S A PROVEN FACT THAT CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE NEAR THEM HEAL 35 PERCENT FASTER AND BETTER.”
By eliminating food and lodging concerns and expenses, Ronald McDonald Houses allow families to focus their energy on battling the disease. “The last thing families need to worry about is finding a place to stay and way to pay for it,” he adds.
Keeping families together in the midst of a health crisis also boosts the odds of a positive outcome. “Families are stronger together,” says Jeanneret. “It’s a proven fact that children whose parents are near them heal 35 percent faster and better.”
The Program’s Beginnings
Kids & Clays’ roots trace back to 1999, when Glenn and Kathy Lubeznik, McDonald’s owners in northwest Indiana, chaired the first sporting clays event benefitting the Chicago Ronald McDonald House. The event hosted 137 participants and raised more than $16,000.
Fueled by the support of new sponsors including the National Shooting Sports Foundation and National Sporting Clays Association, the event grew to over 220 participants the following year and generated nearly $60,000.
Such success encouraged Lubeznik to share his experiences with Ronald McDonald Houses around the country. He also formed the Ronald McDonald House National Sporting Clays Foundation, which was the forerunner of Kids & Clays, to which it was renamed in 2005.
Over the years, the foundation enjoyed steady growth and has been named the official charity of the National Sporting Clays Association and National Skeet Shooting Association and Amateur Trapshooting Association. It has also picked up the support of more than 40 national sponsors, including companies within and outside the shooting sports industry.
To date, the Kids & Clays foundation has generated more than $15 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities through sporting clays, trap and skeet events. “Our focus has been mainly on sporting clays, but we’re expanding into trap and skeet,” Jeanneret says.
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