The third annual Benelli USA Invitational Shoot drew 152 shooters from within the outdoor industry and across the region to raise more than $55,000 for Freedom Hunters to support outdoor opportunities for active duty and combat veterans.
American Rifleman's Mark Keefe chose the new Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 for the event.
The Benelli USA Invitational Shoot took place on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Prince George's County Trap and Skeet Center in Glenn Dale, Md. Attendees included active duty military personnel, veterans, Freedom Hunters participants from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other shotgunners from the region who competed in a sporting clays shoot. Following the shoot competitors enjoyed lunch and participated in a silent auction and raffle, whose proceeds also went to Freedom Hunters.
At the conclusion of the event, Benelli USA Executive Team General Manager Tom DeBolt, Chief Financial Officer Phyllis Blacknall-Jones, and Vice President of Brand Marketing Tim Joseph presented a check for $55,000 raised from monetary donations, silent auction bids, and the raffle to Freedom Hunters.
"Benelli USA is proud to partner with Freedom Hunters to take active duty and wounded service members out hunting and fishing," said Benelli USA General Manager Tom Debolt. "We are passionate about the outdoors and understand the importance of giving back to the men and women who serve our country. I'm proud of the effort our team members made this year to raise a record amount of funds to support this worthy cause."