The Auburn Forestry Club help the annual Log A Load for Children Archery Contest this weekend, which raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network, set a club record this weekend. Club President Will Leonard provided this account of the event:
The Auburn Forestry Club is dedicated to developing members within the student body of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences as natural resource professionals who will excel in their chosen field and in their communities. A key step in accomplishing this mission is members practicing servant leadership within the Auburn community. As soon to be young professionals within the forest industry, we all share a passion for our natural resources and ensuring that they are available to meet the needs of future generations. Perhaps more importantly, we recognize that our future generations, the children of today, are our greatest resource. It was with these values in mind that we began the Auburn Forestry Club Log A Load for Kids Archery Tournament three years ago. Log A Load for Kids is a charitable organization within the forest industry and is the industry’s affiliate with the Children’s Miracle Network. Log A Load’s mission is to raise funds to improve children’s health through treatment, education, and research at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
This event took place on September 28, 2013 at Sportsman’s Outpost in Waverly, AL just outside of Auburn. We were blessed with gorgeous fall weather and a great turnout. Seventy-five archers from across the tri-states area participated in the tournament. Participants shot 3-D targets at twenty-four different stations on a course that wound through the woods and hills behind Sportsman’s Outpost. Targets included life size versions of Mountain goats, Alligators, Black bear, Wild boar, and Whitetail deer. Scores were determined based on shot placement and winners in each of the five shooting divisions were awarded plaques by the Auburn Forestry Club. In conjunction with the shoot our club also hosted a raffle drawing that took place that day.
Through the generous donations of many sponsors we were able to purchase two 45 quart Yeti coolers, one pair of Costa sunglasses, two HHA bow sites, and one Mathew Creed bow. Tickets were sold prior to and during the event and the terrific prizes generated great excitement and interest. Overall, we exceeded our fundraising goals and set a new fundraising record for this event with $4,300 raised for the Children’s Miracle Network.
None of this would have been possible without the diligent work of members of the Wildlife Society and Forestry Club prior to the event and their generosity in giving up their Saturday to support the children of Alabama. A special thanks to Tyler Claxton, Daniel Boudousquie, Ben Estes, Fern Graves, Cody Kane, Ocllo Parks, Justin Rathel, Catherine Vinson, and Rebecca Young for all their help in making this event a success. The Forestry Club would also like to thank our sponsors for this event: Best Rental Corporation Southeast, Durham Woodlands LLC, Leonard Farms LLC, Mathews, the Shimunek Family, Sportsman’s Outpost, and Suggs Farm LLC.
This event continues to grow each year and the Auburn Forestry Club is proud to take a role in helping to secure the promise of a brighter tomorrow for Alabama’s children.
William H. Leonard
Auburn Forestry Club, Log A Load Chairman