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Maple Park Police Department hosts ninth annual Pulling for Special Olympics fundraiser event

Hank Erwin of St. Charles keeps score for his shooting group during the Pulling for Special Olympics fundraiser at St. Charles Sportsmen's Club May 15. The Maple Park Police Department organized the event that raises money for Special Olympics. Organizers expected 300 shooters at the normally private shooting club.
Hank Erwin of St. Charles keeps score for his shooting group during the Pulling for Special Olympics fundraiser at St. Charles Sportsmen's Club May 15. The Maple Park Police Department organized the event that raises money for Special Olympics. Organizers expected 300 shooters at the normally private shooting club.

The Maple Park Police Department prior its May 15 Clay/Trap Shoot fundraiser raised over $150,000 for the Illinois Special Olympics in the last eight years.

For its May 15 event, the Police Department planned to bring in nearly $60,000.

“The money we raise from this event – and all our events throughout the year – will benefit the 22,000 athletes and 21,000 young athletes of Special Olympics Illinois,” said Colleen MacRunnels, event planner.

MacRunnels and her husband Jim started introduced the event in 2007 with just 25 shooters and raised $2,600. This year, there were over 220 shooters registered, with an additional 50-to-60 walk-ins expected the day of the event. The Chicago Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup last year hurt the 2015 shooting event, as it raised only $45,000 with roughly 200 shooters in attendance.

The event was held at the St. Charles Sportman’s Club in Elburn. The Clay/Trap Shoot was hosted by Monnett Precision Grinding, Cabela’s and Goodenough Inc. It’s an event for all levels of shooters, novice to expert. The registration fee of $75 included a T-shirt, lunch, door prize ticket, ammunition and sporting clay or trap course. Disabled veterans were able to shoot for free and had the option to shoot with pistols instead of shotguns.

“Everyone keeps their own score on their shots,” Colleen MacRunnels said. “Everyone is safe with their guns – having fun and raising money for a great cause.”

She said a lot of the same major sponsors have supported them year after year, including Kane County Flea Market, Monnett Precision Grinding, Cabela’s and Goodenough Inc., with St. Charles Sportsman Club as the regular host site.

“There are many other sponsors as well,” Colleen MacRunnels said. “The event couldn’t happen without their support, and we appreciate all of them.”

A big hit during last year’s event was a disabled veteran’s sponsorship. For $40, you can sponsor a disabled veteran and they can come to the event and shoot for free that day. This year, the Clay/Trap Shoot sold 15 sponsorships.

This is the Maple Park Police Department’s biggest Special Olympics fundraiser of the year, with money coming from registration, sponsorships, a live gun auction and door prizes, as well as raffle tickets for a Coleman UTV, Cabela’s gift card, “shooter only” guns and numerous other prizes.

To view updates on the total amount raised and information regarding next year’s event, visit www.pullingforspecialolympics.com.

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